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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by johnson79, Jan 19, 2018.
Looks like Rickenbacker will have a 5 string at Namm.
This could be amazing or an epic fail.
I have always thought this, and another infinitely-smarter TB dude said similar, that when you have your tuner barrels feeding-out the strings that far off ( neck-wise ) from the nut slots - that it is a non-optimal design. Rickenbacker will never lose that logo on the headstock, so a 5er makes this situation even more-non-optimal! I think.
And that other TB guy might start losing some business, if this does take off
Looking forward to seeing this! I hope this doesn't affect @Ric5 's work too much.
I predict a $2999 Street price.
Didn't they try this before?
On another note, what if Chris Squire had one of these to start with?
Good news, it can be both.
They did. The string spacing was too narrow for most bassists, and the B-string did not have enough heft.
The pickups were also poorly designed. Too narrow, I believe. And "negative neck angle" problems, bridge tail lift, etc., a mess.
Oh, don't worry... their marketing department will take care of those issues...
... they do have a marketing department, don't they?
The reason we haven't seen these 5ers until now is that the engineers over at RIC needed time to enhance these design features.
(yes, I still have a bit of a love/hate relationship with my RICs)
He’d have it strung with a high C.
Those are actually two different models. They 4003 5 string was deemed "too narrow" by most players but had sufficient pickup coverage. The 4004 5 string had "acceptable" string spacing but insufficient pickup coverage.
Personally, as the owner of a 5 string converted 4003 which uses an OEM 4003 5 string bridge, I find the "too narrow" complaint to be vasty overblown. It took me maybe 2 or 3 playing sessions to adjust to the spacing, no more than it did to adjust to the 33 and 1/3rd" scale coming from a 34" bass. Playing "normal" basses almost feels kind of clunky to me at this point. But I never learned how to slap, so it's possible all the complainers were slappers.
I've also never had any complaints about the B string. Rings epic and loud, no flop. Plenty of Rick players string BEAD and love it.
I'm not gonna lie, I have a lot of questions about what the new 5 string Rick is gonna be, and how it compares to my Frankenstein.
For some reason I can't get over headstock designs that don't pull the strings in a straight line from the north side of the nut to the tuner. Yeah I'm a nerd.
Oh. My. God. I’m very excited. I just hope that it’s a normal production model and not a “let’s only make 75 and charge $3000 and then wait another 10 years to do it again” kind of situation.
If people don't buy it, why would they make more?
If you and others DON'T buy them, then why would they make more? One (just one) of the reasons they haven't made fivers lately is that they didn't sell well when they were making them. Same for the eight-stringer. True, the designs or performance may have made them unappealing, but maybe this new one will rectify the problems. Then they'll see demand for fivers. Or not.
That left turn the A string makes at the nut to the tuner concerns the hell out of me. I'm no expert but I'd have to think that messes with the string tension.
I feel the same way. The old 80’w Kramer pointy headstock drives me nuts.
Well I guess we’ll know more next week at NAMM. Interesting to see what the details are.