NBD: Fretless Ric :)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bertbassplayer, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. New bass day for me. Just got in an 07 Rickenbacker 4003 Fretless.

    I missed the delivery yesterday because they delivered at 7 pm.

    I was out tonight but my wife caught the delivery for me. I haven't had a chance to play it yet. I'm excited, I'll try to get pictures tomorrow.

    For now here's a from the sale for now.
  2. tjnkoo


    Apr 19, 2011
    Metro Atlanta
    That's beautiful, man! I'm not a fan of the way Rics play, but a nice bass is a nice bass. How's the sound compared to a fretted Ric?
  3. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    Had no idea they make em fretless, very cool.
  4. ko stradivarius

    ko stradivarius

    Aug 14, 2006
    St. Louis
    Very nice.
    Awe man, I miss my Ric fretless.
    I modded it with a Bartolini Q filter but it was sweet. Bought it new in 1990, all black binding and hardware too. Best part was I got dealer price which was $550.00. ....pardon me while I go cry for selling it.
  5. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    Beautiful bass.

    Back in the late '70s I had the chance to try a green one. I have no idea if Ric made green basses or if it was a refin. I was into keys at the time and didn't really appreciate what I was playing. I'd love to try one again sometime. I don't typically care for Rics, but I'd give a fretless one a serious check out.
  6. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Cool! I just got a fretless Ricky a couple of months ago; an '80 4001. I'm having a lot of fun with mine. Enjoy!!!
  7. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    Congrats,I love Ric 4000 series basses,but i've not ever played a fretless one,would love to try one!
  8. Hey all... finally got to play it.

    It shipped with rounds on it, I probably should have tried it at least once with them on but I immediately changed them out for some D'Addario Nylon Tapewounds I had. I don't know if I'm going to keep the tapes on there or put flats or halfwounds or whatever, but for now the tapes look and sounds pretty ice. It's got the same feel as a fretted ric, but it's got it's own sound. On the neck pickup it sounds very much like an upright. It gets a bit more of the ric growl on the bridge but without a better way to say it, it's more "refined." It doesn't have as much of the clank, I guess due to the lack of metal frets.

    I can't get over the figuring on the fretboard, it's pretty crazy.

  9. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yeah, I feel the same way about the tone. Very good description.
    I'm using TI flats on mine.
  10. In the past I've always used higher tension flats (Rotosound or Daddario usually), but I've been liking the lighter tension of the Tapes. I might look at using the TI Flats.
  11. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    You need to post a better picture of the fingerboard. :D
  12. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'll be honest: I put the TI flats on there because it's what I had in the house when I bought the bass! If I had really thought about it, I might have used Roto flats for the slightly higher tension (and, I guess thanks to Chris Squire, I always associate Rics with Rotos), or Ernie Ball flats, which I like on my fretless P-Bass, but the TIs were sitting there smiling at me, so on they went. I've been very happy with the results.