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NBD: 2012 Rickenbacker 4003 Ruby Red

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by soxhats, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    My first Ric, after wondering, dreaming and GAS'ing for a while. What turned me was borrowing a friend's 4003 for a couple of days, as well as a great experience with Wildwood Guitars.

    She arrived today. My very first move was to replace the treble pickup cover (extremely annoying obstacle for me) with an aftermarket treble bezel deluxe. I also changed the strings from the stock Ric strings to Rotosound 66s. (The factory strings were perfectly fine, but I had the Rotos already and thought I might as well go for the classic combination.)

    The neck is a bit fuller and more D-shaped than I'd thought it would be. While I'm usually not fond of such a neck profile, for whatever reason, this one feels right in my hand.

    The red is stunning.

    This is going to be fun.
  2. I own a MD And a MG Ric and I love them both, but that Ruby is definitely something special....

  3. blastoff99


    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA
    Gorgeous color. Congratulations!
  4. Beautiful bass man!
    Nothing like a new Rick. I'll have another one someday...:)
    Take Care,
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Ya the 2012 neck got a little fatter. the 2009, 2010, and 2011 basses had slimmer necks. Not a huge difference though.
  6. Absolutely beautiful!
    I have a 79 Autumnglo Ric 4001 and ever since I was a kid (I'm 22 now) have always wanted a Ruby Rick!
  7. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    Congrats,Ruby is one of the best looking colors they've done,and it looks especially great with the classic features of the 4003!
  8. BassGen

    BassGen Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Looks beautiful! Congrats!

    I love my 2011 MG and also have a 2010 JG.
  9. She's a beaut - Congrats!
  10. jbossolo

    jbossolo Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    Very nice! How's that growl?
  11. Stephent28

    Stephent28 Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    C470, CO
    yes...the new color looks incredible under the lights!

    you are gonna love it.

  12. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Thanks, everyone! She's a growling!... Neck feels not too far from my 2009 P Bass.
  13. randyg


    Jul 10, 2010
    Creedmoor N.C.
    Looks great , love the red. By the way , your old Ray says hello. I will be rocking it Jan 25 opening for the Joe Taylor Group!
  14. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Beautiful! Congrats!
  15. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Hey Randy! As you can see, I did a SPLENDID job not buying another bass after I sold you the Ray because I had too many basses.:rollno:
  16. Mind Eroded

    Mind Eroded Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2003
    Brooklyn/Buffalo, NY
    love the color...reminds me of the burgundy Ric 4001 Cliff Burton used to play. You are giving me some major Ric GAS..i'm still kicking myself for selling mine a few years ago. congrats, dude
  17. portlandguy


    Feb 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I like that color,
  18. Does your bass have the thicker neck up by the headstock? I think they call it a volute. The ruby that I played had that, and it made the neck feel a lot fatter.
  19. Josh Thatguy

    Josh Thatguy Registered abUser

    Add this to the list of confusing details. I thought the necks were all chunky until major changes for the 2012 model year, from what I'd read.
    Either way, I'm lusting for one...... now I just gotta find a Ric owner who wants to swap for a bass project originally built for Peter Steele.....

    The Blackstar Ric I saw on another thread yesterday floored me. But then again, this sanguine-toned Ric is gorgeous too... reminds me of fresh blood.... and after all, what's a little blood amongst friends anyway....
  20. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    I'm guessing it does. To be honest, I was expecting a slightly thinner neck, but am happy with this one nonetheless. Feels kinda like my 2009 P Bass, maybe just the tiniest bit more of a D profile on the Ric. I find the chunkiness pleasant -- not like a big fat 60s P or a StingRay, which I don't find comfortable. YMMV, of course.