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NBD Ric 325 style bass FireGlo Bassenfaker.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kohanmike, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    I received this a couple of weeks ago but the strings were so bad I decided to buy a set of the new La Bella Deep Talkin' 760FM special extra short scale flatwound made for the Gold Tone MicroBass. Now it sounds much much better. It's custom made in China, 24" scale Ric 325 style FireGlo bass that only cost $298 including shipping to Los Angeles.

    The body is a little bit bigger than I wanted, so I may take it over to Eric's Guitar and have him cut down the tail end and the lower bout, then have Pat Wilkins paint it, or maybe not. I added the decal Bassenfaker inspired by all the posts here on TB about the fake Rickenbackers out there.

    Rick 325 Bassenfaker 800.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2017
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  2. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
  3. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    What he said


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    I will 3rd that.
  5. It's unanimous.
  6. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    I smell cheese.o_O
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  7. You sure have a..........little.......thing.
  8. Does anyone call you, Mini Mike?
  9. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    I like it! Looks about like an Ibanez Micro in size? Looks like a lot of fun to play, and a worthy addition to the Ukenbacker collection. I think the body looks fine, don't cut it down, will look too small proportionally.
  10. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    All my things are little.

    Nope, but I would accept that.

    It's even shorter than the Ibanez Mikro. When I tried one at Guitar Center I found even it was too long for me.
  11. mrufino1

    mrufino1 Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Nutley, NJ
    @kohanmike I don't know how I missed this but that's awesome! How does it sound? Looks a little crazy with the three pickups but if it sounds good who cares? It looks like a cool instrument though. I just came across your little SG bass too, very cool.

    I built a 25" scale bass from strat parts today and used it on my gig, it felt huge compared to my marleaux but I'm loving the sound. 23-25" scale works out just fine for bass I think. Since my hands can't play a bigger bass anymore I'm in this club for the long haul!
  12. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    Thanks m. It's actually bigger and heavier than any of my others, wide body. The original 325 had three pickups. I've actually had second thoughts on this custom, it's not proportioned quite right for 24" scale, i thought if I ordered a 325 knockoff guitar and converted it to a bass, that might have worked better, but since I already have this, I'll stick. I replaced the strings with the extra short LaBella flatwounds made for Gold Tone, I think it sounds very good. The SG came with a bad pickup, which I'm about to get replaced, also will have the LaBella flatwounds. As you know, only sub-short scale for me.
  13. Axstar


    Jul 8, 2016
    East of Eden.
    The pickups appear to be off-center or different sizes. Is this an issue, tonally? Do you have more photos?
  14. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yeah the pickups had zigged while the neck had zagged.

    But other than that is seems like a pretty cool little bass.
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  15. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    They tilt slightly from one to the other, but it sounds fine to me. The flatwound strings are really good.

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