'new' ric is slightly broken..

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mr.mow, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. mr.mow


    Feb 11, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: BBE/G&L Basses
    Whats the best thing to do here guys..
    So I picked up an Level 3 'used' Ric 4003 from Musicians Friend (It was really well priced and Ric won't supply them to Australia new.. this appears to be brand new however).

    Turns out quite a few 2011 4003's had issues with paint flaking off.. this is one of them, there is as you can see a hefty chunk missing out of the inside of the lower horn, that i'm not so concerned about, its done, it is what it is, if I'm feeling frisky I'll get it repaired.

    But what I'm more interested in is the upper edge, its cracked but not peeled off yet (but it has pulled away at the edges), its salvageable.. But how?

    In my mind i'm thinking light superglue to hold it down, then a gentle sand to level it?


  2. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    Depending on the finish, super glue may make it wrinkle up and do all minds of wacky stuff. But im not an expert on rics.

    There is black superglue out there if someone with more knowledge than i on rics says superglue is okay
  3. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    It might be easier to keep going and strip it and get it refinished as mapleglo.
  4. mr.mow


    Feb 11, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: BBE/G&L Basses
    Or keep it red!! Theres a part of me that just wants to keep peeling!!
    I wonder if its fireglo underneath?!
  5. I'm curious to see what exactly is under that jetglo paint!
  6. I wouldn't use superglue on it. The glue could get into the wood and make it harder to refinish later on.
  7. Hi.

    Holy crap, that's some serious QC issue.
    Why is it that the industry leaders (F, G, R) continuously get away with that.

    Another DO NOT for using super glue, problems will arise sooner or later.

    I'd do a refin as well, unless red is Your thing.

  8. hairyhaw

    hairyhaw Inactive

    Mar 23, 2007
    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    Is this common knowledge and is there any more information on this?

    I was aware of the issues with paint running into the binding on Midnight Blues and the Blueboys that turned Surf Green, but I can't believe RIC would be daft enough to put a batch of 4003's out with a dodgy finish again!
  9. Immigrant

    Immigrant In Memoriam

    This is undoubtably part of the same batch that MF was blowing out for a little over a grand new. Grocery stores do it with sub-standard breakfast cereal, MF does it with instruments.

    Let it keep chipping and don't refinish it.
  10. AdamR

    AdamR Inactive

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    keep it as is, call it a road worn and sell it for a profit.
  11. mr.mow


    Feb 11, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: BBE/G&L Basses
    Well that's probably what it was..
    It plays and sounds absolutely killer out of the box.. I'm going to gig the be-jeebus out if this thing!
  12. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    The red underneath actually looks really cool with the black on top IMO.

    I like my basses with a little character so if it were me, I'd probably just leave it and play the heck out of it.
  13. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Leave it alone, or strip it all off, but don't try to repair it. If you got a good deal, just play it.
  14. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    Black sharpie marker
  15. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005

    - georgestrings
  16. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I wouldn't do any half-ass repair. Either play it as is and enjoy the accelerated relicing, do a proper refin, sell it or send it back. I think sharpies and superglue will look bad in the long run and make a proper refin in the future more difficult.
  17. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA

    Superglue-ing the chip back on will look like hell. A re-fin will cost a fortune on a Ric. Leave it alone.
  18. I had a 2011 JG that I bought in December that year.

    Sold it about 6 months later - paint didn't get to flaking off, but the whole of the back of the bass' lacquer was cracking up really badly.

    I'm not anti-Ric, but there always seems to be new QC issues on a design they've made for years!
  19. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
  20. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Another vote for play it as it is. It's too bad you got it "level 3" instead of new, because RIC does honor warranties well. Simply put, this instrument and this particular retail transaction are defined as not subject to warranty. It has nothing to do with RIC QC or CS. Since you got a significant discount, there's your answer.