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Paul McCartneys 5 String Rickenbacker Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Music Scholar, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Music Scholar

    Music Scholar

    Dec 12, 2012
    McCartney's 5 String RIC.

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  2. That's freaky. It looks like a Ric5 thang.
  3. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    I'd dearly love to have that----in right-hand build of course.
  4. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper My Yamahas are King. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    Drool. Anyone see him with it in action?
  5. Herrick

    Herrick Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    That looks cool.
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I like the 7mm string spacing at the bridge.
    comatosedragon likes this.
  7. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Banned Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    Don't know if he still has it or not (depending on the source, PM has five or six Ricks), but that is a rare lefty 4003SPC Blackstar five string. I wanted to use that shot in the book, but the photog/agent wanted too much money for the privilege of free publicity.

  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008

    Thaanks for the compliment ... But I really copy what Rickenbacker did with the 4003s5 ... which essentially is put 5 strings on a 4 string neck. Except Rickenbacker has the resources of a complete factory and I have a one man shop in my basement which I operate as a part time hobby. My conversions have a better bridge spacing on the strings. The factory 5 string has a batter headstock.

    That is a stock 4003s5 with black trim and it looks to have a painted fretboard as well.
  9. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Paul McCartney and a five string? I don't know, it just seems weird.
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008

    Actually it is 13mm ... that makes it hard to play fingerstyle. It ca be modified to have a 15mm spacing which is still tight. Which is why my 2 Rics are 4004s because I can get a 16mm spacing.
  11. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    He also has a 5 string Wal.
  12. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012

    But i'm with you there, it does looks weird.
    But he said the only time he ever used the B string was to produce a low C in "Free as a Bird", so he don't care much for 5'ers.
  13. It's a damn shame they never built a proper 5-string.
  14. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper My Yamahas are King. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    I disagree. I think it looks awesome.
  15. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008

    The 4004cii5 was a proper 5 string bass ... except for the pickups, and it was about 2" wide at the nut ...


  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008

    I know he has the 1964 4001s, and the 4003s5 pictured above. I think he also has 4004ci. I don't know what he has after that.
  17. nattiep


    Sep 16, 2008
    Buffalo, NY
    There are a bunch of low notes all over Figure Of Eight.
  18. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    That's a real beauty Jeff!
    The 4004 RIC should have made.
  19. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Are those Nordstram pickups on the 4004cii-5?
  20. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    "I played the Wal, and what I liked was I played very, very
    normal bass, really out of the way, because I didn't want to
    'feature.' There are one or two moments where I break a little
    bit loose, but mostly I try to anchor the track. There's one
    lovely moment when it modulates to *C*, so I was able to use
    the low *C* of the 5-string--and that's it, the only time I use
    the low one, which I like, rather than just bassing out and
    being low, low, low. I play normal bass, and then there's this
    low *C* and the song takes off. It actually takes off anyway
    because a lot of harmonies come in and stuff, but it's a real cool
    moment that I'm proud of. That's my Wal moment."

    Magazine: Bass Player
    Issue: July/August 1995
    Title: Paul McCartney - Meet The Beatle
    Author: Tony Bacon