Headless Rickenbacker

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Doc Mojo, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. Doc Mojo

    Doc Mojo

    Oct 29, 2014
    How's this sound for a project. Take a Chinese Rickenbacker copy and mount a Hipshot headless kit. Depending on where the truss rod is mounted. I am going to try the Headless setup on a P or a J style bass. I want a Headless bass but the ready made (full body) basses I lust after are a bit out of financial reach for me.
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  2. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    I hear if you chop the head off of a real Rick, an angel loses his wings.
  3. Doc Mojo

    Doc Mojo

    Oct 29, 2014
    If you chop the head off a Chinese Ricky a trucker gets an order of hot wings and a beer.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
  4. Doc Mojo

    Doc Mojo

    Oct 29, 2014
    or you get a job offer as a customs agent.
  5. Doc Mojo

    Doc Mojo

    Oct 29, 2014
    A jazz pickup in the bridge position and a slanted P in the neck position.

  6. Ironbar

    Ironbar Inactive

    Aug 24, 2013
    Tigard, Oregon
    Thank God. If I heard that you did that to an actual Ric, I would have tracked you down and flogged you with a bag filled with Schaller tuners.
  7. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
  8. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    +1 on the Steinbacker, it is now the green standard by which all Rickenbergers must be judged. A Luthier named Bill Wilcat built it, now sadly retired from active building.
  9. DrDAV14

    DrDAV14 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Denver, Colorado
    This is the first Rickenbacker build that Bill Wilkat did. My second bass from him. He also built me a 2 pickup model a year later. This first one was spec'd very close to a 4001, body thickness, etc... Loved this bass, had to sell it in a time on need. Would love to buy it back if I run into it again. Body was maple top, butternut back. EMG 35DC
  10. RichardLEntrup


    Jan 20, 2014
    That's insane. Are you still able to have neck/bridge boosts?
  11. that thing is AWESOME!
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  12. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I'm very intrigued by headless basses. The little bodied ones seem like they're a pain in the butt to play but there's some beautiful full body headless basses out there.
    Do you have a picture of this whole thing?
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  13. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    Ironbar you are a sick puppy-bag of schaller machine heads oh that would hurt big time-do the crime -take the time.
    We now know what to do with old fittings.
    Back to thread kinda-Rick pups have to be used and wiring apart from rick-o-sound unless you use it.
    The headstock is lovely -why would you want to hack it off ?
  14. That's a cool machine!

    OP, why not consider contacting one of the Chinese manufacturers and asking them if they can make a headless one? They seem to be pretty open to trying anything out. Whether or not they'll execute it successfully is another matter and less predictable, but no harm in getting a quote.

  15. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    The Rickenberger thing has been done (still cool though!). I want a Walberger!
  16. flatfender

    flatfender Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit

    A headless Ric would take care of any neck dive.
  17. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    How's it sound to me? Sounds like a mugly other. Hate the headless look on any bass. But that's just me.
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  18. As a Status player for twenty five years, all I can say is...

    Can I provide the saw? Can I? Can I? :)
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  19. DrDAV14

    DrDAV14 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Denver, Colorado
    I'm with you OTPJ, Anyone who uses double ball strings with a headless will tell you about ease in string changes and stability of tuning. Graphite is a whole other subject.
    The main complaint I hear is string availability. Well I order all my strings online and can get any type of string I desire, flats , tapes, round(nickle or SS), so its a non-issue, and all of my headlesses can use regular strings also. So if the look or the fashion doesn't suit you so be it.
    I'll be here when your done tuning.:woot:
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
  20. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    lol!!! And I hear the fastest way to become an angel is to chop the head off of someone else's Rick.
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