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how do i get the rickenbacker sound for less $

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Unemploid, May 22, 2016.

  1. hey, i was playing a rickenbacker 4003 today. i had the guitar cable plugged into the top output with the treble tone off (modern mode).

    i had my gretsch g5123b with me, and it sounded similar. the rick had more tremble and a rounder/defined lowend. tv jones makes a pickup that suppose to sound like a rickbacker, should i pick one up? i'm using nickle strings, too.

    are their any affordable basses that can get the sound i'm looking for?

    Last edited: May 22, 2016
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    A Danelectro will get you very close for a fraction of the price.
    Then there's always the proverbial T-40 if you can find one.
  3. Anachronism

    Anachronism Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2014
    You can't. You can get in the neighborhood, but only a Rick has the full Rick sound.
  4. Qlanq


    Jul 9, 2007
    Use A P Bass.
    Like this guy:
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  5. stacker

    stacker Inactive

    Feb 24, 2010
    Spot on, mate. I had a little Longhorn that sounded just like one!
  6. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Sunny Beach
    Rotosound 66's. Herco pick sideways. Fret buzz.
  7. Anachronism

    Anachronism Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2014
    Also, which Rick tone do you want? Leaving aside models other than the 4001/4003 lines, there's still a huge amount of tonal variety in Ricks. It seems that people usually use "the Rick sound" to describe what they've heard on Yes or Rush songs, but that's just one end of a sonic spectrum that also encompasses Sir Paul and many others.
  8. pauls sound would be cool.
  9. Anachronism

    Anachronism Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2014
    Interesting. I think that's a tone where all sorts of basses can get in the neighborhood, but it might be even harder to get the nuances without a Rick than it is when aiming for something like Geddy on Hemispheres.
  10. 58kites

    58kites Save a life....adopt a Pitbull

    Oct 21, 2014
    Austin Texas
    I have pondered recently a similar question....how to get a Thunderbird sound without a Thunderbird??
  11. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    Just get a couple of Ric pickups. That's like 99% of the sound right there.

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  12. Anachronism

    Anachronism Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2014
    Rick pups in the Rick positions, yeah.
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  13. Mousekillaz


    Nov 25, 2009
    Anacortes Wa.
    Play a cd
  14. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    Guy in the video describes the pickup cover as "a resonating bar to increase sustain" .....:rollno::laugh:
    Last edited: May 27, 2016

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