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Is it bad to leave the mutes up all the time on a Rickenbacker 4003s?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by William81, Oct 15, 2020.

  1. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
    Is it ok to leave the mutes up on a rickenbacker 4003s? will leaving them up all the time cause any damage?
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  2. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I wouldn't. Leaving the mutes up while playing will kill your sustain and cut higher frequencies.
  3. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
    Thats the sound im going for, im using flatwounds too. Im trying to get that upright thump and beatles sound. I just dont want to mess the bass up by leaving them up 24/7
  4. Ostie


    Aug 1, 2018
    Mid MI
    Flatwounds I get, but upright? From a 4003?
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  5. Goatrope


    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    No damage.
  6. Nope I leave them on for a day or two sometimes, depends on how I want it to sound when I pick it up. I also have flatwounds on mine, a lot of people don't realize how versatile these things really are. Chris Brubeck plays his fretless Ric and sometimes it's indistinguishable from an upright. The rubber pads last years too. If you're talking like years or something I wouldn't go that long, it could leave permanent indentations but I've never heard of it happening. McCartney used his almost all the time.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2020
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  7. Chris Brubek has some of the best Fretless Rick work I’ve ever heard.
  8. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
    Just for that deep thump like a upright i guess
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  9. WillyWonka

    WillyWonka I "heart" pointy headstocks Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    Mutes always on.

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  10. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
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  11. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
    Nice! thanks for the help and i am deffinatly going for that Mccartney sound
  12. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
    That muted sound is just the best!
  13. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    No harm, no foul... "It's How The West Was Won®" :)
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  14. I use a roll of flannel for my Fenders.


  15. Yeah, he's a monster. There was an old live video from maybe 2008 on YouTube and you couldn't not believe it wasn't an upright, it was amazing.
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  16. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
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  17. You can control the decay rate with how big you roll them, that's what I like. I'll even use one with the Ric once in a while.
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  18. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
    I never tried that or knew that, i will try that tomorrow!!
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  19. My wife has a bunch of it lying around, I don't remember how I got the idea.
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  20. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    Nope. Won’t hurt anything. My Rick is set up thumpy like that too.
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