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I'm considering my first Ric...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by emblymouse, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    I've been playing 30 years and never owned a Rickenbacker. Thunderbirds, Laklands, Jazz's (not P's), even Hofners. Everything but. Suddenly, I hear the siren song of a Black 4003 calling me. Mysteriously beautiful and unique...
    Ric owners, tell me what I have been missing please. I realize I've got some stereotyping going on when I think of Ric basses. Do any of you guys play predominently fingerstyle on yours? Use flats? Slap? Don't want to sound like Chris Squire? Broaden my world please. :help:
  2. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Rick player for well over a decade, mostly fingerstyle with some slap thrown in.

    Playing a Rick won't automatically make you sound like Chris Squire. Just ask Sir Paul. :)
  3. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs

    I have a 1989 RIC 4003 and it is the only "non-Lakland" bass that is still in my collection (and it will probably be the only one for quite a long time as well!).

    I am sure you have heard the sound....very unique...have you played one? the feel (at least to me) is very different than anything else as well. the neck is REALLY thin - thinner even than most Jazz basses I have played...

    I am not sure about "slapping" a RIC....they are really not designed for that....just great Low Down rock sound. Contrary to what others say, I think there is quite a bit of variability (but it still always sounds like a RIC and nothin' else...which is a good thing in my book!).

    if you do not have your eye on one in particular - be warned - the wait time for new ones is 1-2 years (from what i hear)....get a 4003 - that way you have the option to use the RIC-O-SOUND feature IF you want.....I like Rotosound rounds on mine.....I have tried flats, but do not like them as much...

    I personnally feel that "older ones" (i.e. 15+ years old) sound better than the new ones - but that is just me...

    have fun and good luck!
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