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I've got some major GAS

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nino Valenti, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
  2. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
    I'd love to have a Ric again...especially after watching the R30 DVD and the old clips. Why did I sell it...:crying:
  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    This should be no problem Nino. Just offer one of your cool basses for swap. I know if I had a spare Ric, you could get it for one of your Jazzes.:cool:
  4. Herman


    Dec 25, 2005
    Lynchburg, VA
    I ask myself the same thing everytime I read 'Ric' in a thread.
  5. Ooooooo, I got one. Do you want it?

    :D Sike! :D

    Just kidding, I could never sell it.
  6. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Kinda funny, but a Ric is something that I have never really had an interest in. Just not my thing, soundwise.

    And I have been interested in a lot of stuff over the years.:meh:
  7. Dude, I'd get a Valenti. I hear those are reliable and really tonallly versatile.

    Oh, wait :D :p
  8. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    cough. im gassing for a fretless gecko 6 by nino, and here he is gassing for something else altogether. im not sure how luthiers get gas.

    and masked jackal, that was hilarious.
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The problem I have is I can't find one cheap enough. LOL. The one's I've seen used sell on eBay have sold for about the same amount as I've seen them sell new. Talk about good resalr value.

    New from ZZSounds.com $1,079.95 shipped

    Used on eBay $1075 + $19.78 s&h

    Used on eBay $1027 + $40 s&h

    Used on eBay for $900 + $30 s&h (not to bad)

    Currently on ebay. I have a High bid of $800.00 and the reserve is not met.

    I guess I'll just buy a new one. :(
  10. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I've been considering adding a nice Ric to the collective as well. Any thoughts on how the new Rics compare to vintage? And further, any thoughts on what are the "really good years" for Rickenbacker?

  11. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    I have a Jetglo 1981 Ric 4003 that I sometimes consider parting with. However, it was my first bass (in 1987), and it's in pretty good shape, except for some fretwear. There's also an electronics issue -- the guy who I had work on it (and remove the phase switches that the original owner put on it), miswired it somehow so that one of the tone knobs doesn't work any more and the Ric-o-sound jack appears to be disabled, as well. Some day I've got to get around to printing out the 4003 schematic and fixing that.

    I hardly ever play it any more, though it has an amazing growly tone that no other bass I own can produce. It's also got a nice low action and I'm sure I'd regret it if I sold it. Still, it seems a shame that it hardly ever gets played. I'm just really into 5-string basses right now, and I also ought to get a good tube amp, as Rics don't truly sing except through a tube amp, IMO.

    I understand Ric GAS, though -- I'd probably have it myself if I didn't own one already. When I bought it in 1987 as my first bass, I was hoping to play like Geddy Lee. Nearly 20 years later, I'm still a LONG way off. :p
  12. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Hold out for a used 4001 IMO. They pop up here and on bassgear from time to time, and often on Craigslist. I'll keep an eye out for you. I miss my old Ric, but I'm not planning on getting one any time soon.


    Edit: or of course, maybe someone with a 4003/4001 in this thread will want to trade...
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    HAHA. My 2nd bass was a maple Glow 4003 and nearly 15 years later, I'm still a LONG way off, too. :D
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The 4001's I've seen on ebay have been selling for more.:bawl:

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I am sure if you search some of the small vintage shops you could find a deal on a used Ric Bass.
  16. Herman


    Dec 25, 2005
    Lynchburg, VA

    *(&^%#, you got me :(

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