NBD Retrovibe K32 Rickencaster/Telebacker

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by _One//Man//Mutiny_, Aug 5, 2021.

  1. _One//Man//Mutiny_

    _One//Man//Mutiny_ Gold Supporting Member

    All I got to say is wow, 32 inch scale nice chunky neck that isn’t cumbersome, Rick styled pickups that are HOT, typical Rick layout with the Treble pickup capacitor on a very nice silver push button between the controls.
    Not heavy and not ultralight, feels like a very nice Relic’d bass, slab body feels well proportioned.
    There’s a very slight ski jump in the neck preventing me from getting the action super low, but it had to have one downside to it or else I would have had to sell my Rick! Necks are fairly inexpensive from Retrovibe so if it becomes a bigger issue it’s not the end of the world, but looks like the neck is actually rock solid. I can even tune it down half step and it’s perfect still.
    I’ve been slacking on NBDs and I figured this was out there enough to warrant one! 060D246E-3983-42AB-9C61-4F49C3AE5DC8.jpeg A0E39581-43B5-4FCA-9D94-F2B30402A106.jpeg A54266ED-6513-42C5-9BF5-3393436AD95C.jpeg
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  2. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    That is super cool !
  3. _One//Man//Mutiny_

    _One//Man//Mutiny_ Gold Supporting Member

    They are really cheap too £350-375
    Bunch of colors, binding, relic or not
    After I got home with it started looking into Retrovibe and I’ve only ever seen the Rick shaped one with double Humbuckers
    Retrovibe also makes a short scale Telecaster bass
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  4. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Okay, I like that, nice relic job, but not the new Jackson...strange.
    Other than that, interesting optical illusion here...thought it was an 8-string model for a few seconds!
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  5. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Two more from Retrovibe. They look good but I think your relic looks better.
  6. _One//Man//Mutiny_

    _One//Man//Mutiny_ Gold Supporting Member

    I think I’m gonna end up getting one of these considering I’ve been eyeing a Squier Paranormal baritone tele in the same color and have a Fender modern player Telecaster Plus already the holy trinity of Sunburst Teles
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  7. Muaddibb

    Muaddibb Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    Is there any neck dive? If it balances that's really cool.
  8. _One//Man//Mutiny_

    _One//Man//Mutiny_ Gold Supporting Member

    Minimal neck dive, the shorter scale and the proportions make it feel like a slightly bigger Telecaster, the bigger/fatter neck and the slightly bigger body cancel each other out.
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  9. _One//Man//Mutiny_

    _One//Man//Mutiny_ Gold Supporting Member

    I actually meant to update this post, I ended up moving this along to make room for something else and when meeting the new owner he referenced this thread and asked about the ski jump.
    I fixed it!
    It turned out to have a shim in the neck pocket. I removed the shim and got it all dialed in, it played great, I just couldn’t justify having 2 Rick sounding basses! It was definitely a fun bass and if the quality control is consistent, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend one of these as a cool unique substitute for your average everyday bass!
  10. Retrovibe basses I've owned.

    Very light but extremely loud Evo.

    Retro EVO.jpg

    Better picture of the Zygote. Both of those were limited runs, think 12 white Evos were made and just 8 red Zygotes.

    Retro Zygote.jpg

    The RV-4 was an early model.

    Retrovibe RV4 (2).jpg

    Replaced by the Vantage. Previous owner went a bit power tool crazy on my 5'er :laugh:


    Another limited run from Dave-K , the Super-P ; might been only 6 of these. Burst version was also an option.

    Super P (1).jpg

    Finally the Renegade. Normally these came with Retrovibe Hi-Gain pickups , this has a series/single coil/parallel MM.
    One of Dave's own basses , bought when he decided to retire it last Easter :)


    Jeez, I have a thing for white basses :roflmao:
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