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im wanting to get a rick but...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by th30nlyAket, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. th30nlyAket


    Sep 24, 2010
    i want a Rickenbacker with a small neck similar to a jazz. Want year and models should i look for?
  2. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    The newer ones are great...mine is an 09 and the neck is nice and thin. I had an 88 that was thick and had no taper. The old 4001's had thinner necks too.
  3. ScottTunes

    ScottTunes Gear-A-Holic

    Feb 7, 2011
    So Cal
    I had a 2010 JG with a really HUGE neck! 2011 FG with a slimmer neck... My '87 "Bozo-Glo" had the thinnest neck so far...

    Just goes to show, you never know until you have it in hand to "test."

    Good luck with your search!!
  4. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    All Ricks from 1959 to the present are the same 1-5/8" plus. No 1-1/2" wide ones...
  5. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    No collection is complete without one. Here is my 1980 4003:

  6. Bassmunnky


    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
    Wow. That is all you need...well, All I would need! Nice set.

    LOVE the Jazz. Debating whether to get the new Fender Version. Had it in 76.

    Thanks for sharing.
  7. pringlw


    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    That's the classic bass pantheon right there!
  8. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    Thanks for the kind response. That Jazz is actually a 76 that weighs nine pounds and has a nice straight neck; it's my favorite bass. I'm sure the new 74 Fenders are going to be major cool, though!
  9. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    :) Actually, I got the Ric out of the closet tonight because I haven't played it in a while. It has a pretty chunky neck (front to back), which I really like -- nice and stable!

    OP, don't be scared of the neck, you will get used to anything if you give it a bit of time.
  10. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    4001 there is no substitute!
  11. th30nlyAket


    Sep 24, 2010
    yea i been playing with alot of basses p bass a stingray a atk a dean about everything and i really like the rick i think so imma buy one but i need a small neck one. i have small hands even a jazz gives me trouble
  12. My hands are the size of a child's and I prefer necks larger than a Jazz profile.

    Small hands does not equal necessity for a small neck.
  13. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    Wow! As much as I love all the new fangled, high tech, fancy pants boutique basses that I've seen and owned, your stable is just about as good as it gets! Well played, sir!:bassist:
  14. th30nlyAket


    Sep 24, 2010
    the internet where everything is argument.. anyway yea i want a small neck
  15. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Key West, FL
    Indeed. Although I do find that certain necks do work better with my hands. No bigger than 1 3/4, flatter radius, and a C shape is best for me.

    My Ric isn't ideal, but it plays really well and I haven't had any issues.
  16. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Key West, FL
    When you say small neck, do you mean nut width, neck profile?

    If you really like a Jazz, you might not like a Ric neck. The newer ones are pretty fat and a little bit wide. I had a 92' Ric that had a very nice thin neck. It definitely didn't seem like it was the claimed 1 5/8's. It was a beautiful neck.
  17. th30nlyAket


    Sep 24, 2010
    both small both round and nut
  18. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Key West, FL
    That's the thing with Ric's. They are the same width up and down the fretboard and the most recent ones (I have a 2012) is pretty fat. If I were you, I'd seek out somewhere that has some in stock and go and try one. Lots of people don't like them. I really like playing them.