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New 2019 Rickenbacker Bridge

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Maestro29, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Maestro29


    Aug 23, 2012
    Albany, NY
    image.jpg All I can say is IT'S ABOUT TIME!
    andruca, Spectrum, outoftune and 16 others like this.
  2. gwangi

    gwangi Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2009
    Forbidden Valley
    Are these at the dealers now?
    BrentSimons, jamro217 and nixdad like this.
  3. Iristone


    Jul 8, 2017
    Looks like the front bar might impede with palm muting, or is it just an optical illusion? :woot:
    Mvilmany, kranahan and Ric5 like this.
  4. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    You don't get to palm mute with your palm... you gotta screw up the little piece of foam rubber like GOD (and Leo) intended. Young whippersnappers with your fancy palm muting... harummmphhhh!!!
  5. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Ric has them on their site ,look under the boutique tab.
  6. Maestro29


    Aug 23, 2012
    Albany, NY
    Yes, that photo is from my local Ric dealers web page. Only 2019 Ric they have in stock right now.
    jamro217 likes this.
  7. I wonder if the haters will finally stop ahem...complaining now?:laugh:
  8. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    I will still take the Hipshot. Fender and Musicman ditched the foam mutes ages ago. I've yet to meet a Rick player who actually uses it. No clue why they included it on the new bridge. And as other mentioned, palm muting is the way to go which you cannot do even on the redesigned bridge...but you can on the Hipshot.
    Auspuff, JMacBass65, J Gold and 7 others like this.
  9. I use the mute occasionally, I do like to palm mute though but the best mute I've found is a rolled up piece of cloth under strings near the bridge, it doesn't damp the string as much only takes the high end off.
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  10. Hell just froze over.
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  11. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    They are selling the new bridge on their site. $190. Which is actually more expensive than the Hipshot. Probably because of the foam mute.
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  12. jamro217

    jamro217 Supporting Member

  13. bench


    Dec 28, 2007
    a step forward from the original design... like basically any other bridge on this planet.
  14. MotorCityMinion


    Jun 15, 2017
    Looks a bit like the Schaller design.
  15. outoftune

    outoftune Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Pleasantly surprised to see the new bridge when I received my new Ric. .
    Jeff Scott, Ellery, scottm and 14 others like this.
  16. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    A definite improvement, but still no palm mute behind the bridge pup, which isn't the end of the world. It's a good compromise between the Hipshot and old style bridge. It's a bit of an odd design with a separate string retainer screwed into the body under the rear part of the bridge. Seems like one solid casting would have been simpler, but the extra weight might have been a concern. The need to drill 4 new holes in an older 4003 to mount the string retainer (and the $190 price) may limit its appeal as an aftermarket retrofit. At least there are some options now, if you never use a mute (99% of Ric players), the Hipshot is probably a better choice, but if you want the retro look, and don't palm mute, this fits the bill.
    Guzzi Toad and Martin Beer like this.
  17. Phud


    Jul 2, 2017
    Go figure..after I put hipshots on all my ricks:speechless:.

    After looking at this, it looks like a Schaller idea on the string spacing.
    When you move the intonation the spacing changes too.:mad:
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2019
  18. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    you literally have to drill about 14 new holes and get them all in the right place to install that thing and then you still can't palm mute your bass … arrgghh … what were they thinking?
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  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
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  20. smtp4me


    Sep 30, 2013
    Philadelphia, PA
    Although the new bridge would check one box on my list of improvements, I would still also like to see them dump the double truss rod design for a single and thereby thin the neck profile a little, and last but not least offer pickups with the vintage winding (and tone) as an option. :)

    In fact if I could only have one of the above, I'd take the option of vintage pickups because I own and play Rics due to their signature tone.
    bobyoung53 and SactoBass like this.

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