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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by foolforthecity, Nov 21, 2015.
I'm a Fender guy too, but I have had a Rick for 35 years. Love it.
Go for it, I say!
Before you drop 2k, consider other equipment needs that you have. A couple of effects pedals? A speaker cabinet, perhaps. This type of purchase will help subside your craving. I might add a couple bottles of guitar polish and fretboard oil, so you can go home and show some love to those Fenders.
The 77' I once owned had the perfect neck for me, it wasn't jazz bass skinny but much skinnier than the 2001 I had, but then again I tried another 70's era Ric that had the fattest neck I *ever* played, it was too much actually!! So IME the older ones vary big time!
I don't know why you guys keep saying 2 Grand:
Rickenbacker 4004 Cheyenne Maple Electric Bass Guitar
I like how Ricks draw out every boorish, Chauvinistic base level responses you find on the Talkbass. So much hate, it's funny. Ric posts could replace Rohrschach tests for the TalkBass crowd.
There's some federal law that states that once you play a Fender, you are legally obligated to play nothing else but Fenders. Violations are punishable by 5 years probation and a fine of $10,000. Blame the Fender lobbyists!
I've got to admit, it's the look that drives me. I have a long history with Fenders and such, and can derive most any sound I want with them, so it's not for want of a RIC sound that I'm driven. I don't know why, I just friggin' love their look. Always have. Always will.
If you feel the calling to get one, go play it and see if it speaks to you.
Try a 4003s no binding, dot inlay and considerably less than a 4003. Here is mine
Dude they are beautiful and sinister and classy all at once. Love the look. But also the action on the neck and the tone are so nice. It is the total package. I can play so fast and precise.
I wanted one until I held one. The neck just did not feel good to me. Those 4004's though, they might make me take a second look.
Thats funny, but you know I believe you're right! I've never seen such a polarizing bass in my life. Even back when I first saw one and got into bass back in the mid-70s it had those lovers that would kill for it and those haters that would kill because of it.
I find beauty in most any bass and while I love my Fenders for gigging I have the odd occasionals that I pull off the wall and enjoy more often than not simply for their own little virtues in the privacy of my studio. That might be where this RIC would fit for me, I just don't know yet.
Play what you want.
Not what some say you're obligated to.
Get the Ric.
So is it your main gigging axe?
Yeah, it took some adjusting but now that I am used to it, I love this bass.
Ah yeah, there we go! Cool
I think they are polarizing because you either love them or hate them. There really is no in-between.
For me, a Jetglo will always be The Quintessential Ric, cause that was my first bass, a 1979 4001 I sold during my brief disastrous "Jaco Wannabe" stage, still regret it to this day. It was the only bass I ever owned that got positive comments every time I played it. I honestly don't know why they are so polarizing on TB, its just a bass, not a religious icon, but people get crazy pro and con. They are not perfect, by any means, but still a great player with a sound that's tough to duplicate. Personally I love the 60's sci-fi sleekness and "cresting wave" shape, some people don't see it, no worries.
I really don't get the hate. I have seen so many basses that don't do it for me personally and I have never felt compelled to smack talk. Not sure why the Rick draws such ire. Of course, I am assuming it is jealousy.
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