I swore I'd stop posting X-Bass -vs- Y-Bass threads... but...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HWK2, Dec 3, 2001.

  1. What happens when its X-Bass -vs- X-Bass??

    I want a Ric. I've wanted a Ric for a long time. I like how Ric's sound. Ric's are good :D

    Question is, are the 4003 and the 4001 that similar? I've always heard that 4001 had alot of treble punch and good deep lows. I played a 4003 in a music store (albeit a while ago) and I thought it sort of sounded more.. well, like a jazz bass.. Maybe it was the amp, maybe it was that it was too long ago and I wasn't very good at 'hearing' that sort of thing, maybe it was the settings, or something, but if I love the bass sound of bands like Rush and Yes... is the 4003 capable of that? Anyone own/play both extensivly?

    On a side note, what year did Ric start making the 4003 and not the 4001?
  2. From my understanding, the biggest difference is that the 4003 has two truss rods and will work with roundwounds.
  3. nanook


    Feb 9, 2000
    Personally, I don't think they sound anything like a Jazz bass, maybe is was the settings on the amp that made it sound that way.

    Yes the 4003's have heavier truss rods and are can be fitted with round wound strings if you want. The 4001's are only rated for flatwound strings. I have heard there have been problems with dead spots on the fretboard with the 4001's but have never seen it personally.

    Really, you couldn't go wrong with either one.
  4. My 4003 in fireglo will be here this week. I didn't get it because it sounds like a Jazz, but maybe it will. If it does, that's even better.
  5. Ah ha! I've brough the hibernating Nanook back out with questions about the Ric :D

    Thanks for the info, yeah, like I said.. it was a while ago, and I was playing through a little tiny amp that the guy did not want me messing with (did I mention I'm never going back?)...

    Does the 4003 have a single truss rod? or is it sill dual, and if so.. how does one avoid breaking the neck???

    Anyway, wish me luck, my 'rents deal is they will split the cost on one if I can master 3 Yes songs :D (I nearly crapped myself when my dad told me that.. ) I only turn 18 once :D

    Side Note: Nanook, you still have the coolest avatar ever :D
  6. The 4003 has two truss rods, which I guess is why it's able to handle the extra tension from roundwounds. As for adjusting it, I think I'd leave that to a professional. I'm already so spooked adjusting a single truss rod, I don't even want to think about two!
  7. I'm pretty good about one. I make it a point to be as good at working on my instuments as I am at playing them.. I guess I'm not that trusting :D I'm fairly certain even the 4001 have 2 truss rods...
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I thought that you were going to stop posting these kind of threads.
  9. Bassmouse3


    Nov 12, 2001
    Valby, Denmark
    I'm severely confused! I've always heard that flatwounds brings much more tension than roundwounds...
    Best regards, Bassmouse3
  10. Yes Emb, I was going to, but I cannot find any 4001's in music stores, Rics are hard enough to find unless you go to Apple Music here in Portland, and I don't ever want to go there again, so it'd probably be an Ebay or some music classified sites. I like the Ric sound as I've heard in recordings, and so I'm set on that, but will a new 4003 give me that sound? (Again, no interest in going into Apple Music..)
  11. Steven Green

    Steven Green

    Jul 25, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I'm there with you totally! I had to adjust mine and it took like 2 hours. A total pain in the @$$
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Hey, HWK, I was just messin' with ya, no offense meant.;)
  13. Heh I know :) Sorry if I sounded uppety.. typed words have a thing about sounding how you think they should, then what I meant them to sound like :D
  14. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Its just... too funny!!! :D
  15. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Likewise. :confused: