NBD - Rick fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ficelles, Oct 12, 2021 at 3:09 PM.

  1. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Finally I did it... sacrificed TWO basses to get this one but it had to be done, so now I have an '07 Rick 4003 fretless. This may well be the slinkiest most playable fretless neck I have ever laid hands on, very nice indeed. That slightly-shorter scale is great. I may even forgive Rickenbacker for the wrongly-placed fingerboard dots but at least the side dots are correct. And it looks as cool as anything. I actually haven't even plugged it in yet, just been playing it acoustically while I prepare my 2-rig setup to give it the full stereo workout :) Can anyone identify those black tapes with the purple silk?

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    Last edited: Oct 12, 2021 at 3:32 PM
  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
  3. Sweet bass. I'm jealous! :drool: And yeah, those tapes are La Bella. If they look similar in size to 45-105 strings then they are the light 750N set (50-105 gauges). If they're bigger, more like Rotosound tapes, then it's the 760N medium set (60-115).
  4. basmansam

    basmansam Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Congrats, I love mine.
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  5. Vodyanoi


    Mar 24, 2020
    Fabulous! :thumbsup: That burst is sweet!
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  6. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Thanks for the ID on the tapes but they didn't stay on long as they felt a little weedy... luckily I had a set of DTFs handy. Wasn't sure if they'd fit as they are an XL set but interestingly the silks are like this on the Rick:

  7. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    This is a great combination.

  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    :woot: :drool: :bassist:

    :laugh: too cool! that's a humdinger of a fretless you have there, @ficelles. there couldn't be a better ric, ever --- it's the bomb! congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
  9. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Congrats on your new Rick! :)Interesting, regarding the dots placement. On my old '04 4003FL the dots on both the fingerboard and the binding were in the "fretted bass" positions. Sadly, I never got used to it.
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  10. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    You probably remember this, I ordered a new Blue Boy fretless when they were offered and the side dots were in the wrong place on mine too, I finally sold it. I got this '85 though.
    I wish I had known they went back to normal side dots though when they were still making them.

    Last edited: Oct 12, 2021 at 9:48 PM
  11. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Mine's got electrical tape spot "fixes" down the side of the neck, too disorienting otherwise.
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  12. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    Nice score-Congrats!
    When I had my fretless Cii, i think i tried every kind of string type on it, but never could settle on one that i liked the sound of. (I think my problem is that I’m just not particularly comfortable with the fretless thing in general, as much as I’d like to be.)
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  13. WillyW

    WillyW l’art pour l’art, fonction de baise

    Dec 10, 2019
    Nice find!

    I haven’t found an FL that I thought was remotely priced reasonably! Hope you got a good deal!

    I like the Ernie ball extra slinky strings on my fretlesses, I did venture out and bought a set of SIT strings but I haven’t used them yet. I later looked and both are nickel.
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  14. drumvsbass


    Aug 20, 2011
    Fretless Ric, Rarey Mcrareson.
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  15. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Wow, that’s fantastic. Enjoy!
  16. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Was the $800.00 I paid for a new one that was a return at a shop a good deal?
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  17. Lovely bass, what a catch!!! Out of curiosity, did you buy it from Bass Direct? I saw a fretless Rick a few days ago and man was I tempted :)
  18. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    The obvious question is which two?
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  19. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Beautiful dark burst on that one, another rare bird ive never seen in person, but always coveted. Nice score!
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  20. Yay!!! Be prepared for a whole different sound than what a Ric is known for.
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