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Phil Lesh's New Ritter

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brondle, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Brondle


    Dec 3, 2007
    Fairfield, CT

    Stunning to say the least!
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  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Awesome! I dig that Phil caught the Ritter bug.
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Great color combo, but I think it needs a few more knobs :D
  4. I wonder if the strap was included n/c? :p

    Cool bass. Cool player.
  5. CoarseBass


    Dec 28, 2002
    Looks like master vol, blend then 5 stacked knobs. I'm struggling to come up for a use for 10 pots, but Phil Lesh is no stranger to knobs...I don't know what his old Alembic setups did, either.
  6. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    I'm guessing at 10 knobs, its probably one of his more 'simple' basses!

    He's a fan of at least semi-parametric preamps, so I wouldn't be surprised if that was part of it.
  7. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Love it! Jens hits another one out of the park!
  8. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    Apparently he didn't either. I saw pic of one of his multi-multi-knobbers and they were all labeled with tape.

    The basic 10 knob is much more manageable and easier on the memory.
  9. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013

    Absolutely sick!!!

    Love the red accents!

    Love that its a 6 string!!

    Hey Phil, why dont you see me that headless 6 string now that I have been drooling over for 20 years since u wont be needing it anymore!!
  10. Molan


    Dec 13, 2003
    Oxfordshire, UK
    Another killer bass from Jens - I just love his work!
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  11. The front knob looks like it's a push/pull and the bridge looks like it's a piezo. The thing probably has at least two discrete pre-amps.

    Jens is hilarious. He will either give you no knobs or all the knobs. Also his work is simply stunning. This bass is no exception.
  12. Molan


    Dec 13, 2003
    Oxfordshire, UK
    I have a 'no knob' on order - it's killing me trying to decide if I can live without a volume and a simple master passive tone knob, lol.
  13. Love the black and red. Those knobs are crazy though. :p
  14. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    Jen makes amazing basses.
    But there is just to many knobs.:eek:
  15. CnB77


    Jan 7, 2011
    I love how Ritters look like something out of a cartoon, but in reality. They just do their own thing and do it so well. Has Phil played a 6 string for long? I confess that I don't follow him too much.
  16. joe vegas

    joe vegas Supporting Member

    Phil started on 6-string in '85 if memory serves, with a headless Modulus with very narrow spacing.
  17. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
    All I can add is: oh my!
  18. Sartori

    Sartori Supporting Member

    Almost as many knobs as his Alembic.

    Cool looking bass, though. Especially the inlay.
  19. One of my favorite players and influences - great to see he's still evolving as a player. "Stunning" is the word for what he's playing there.
  20. smokin-bear


    Dec 12, 2008
    Ft. Collins
    Phil's first modulus was a 6string with headstock debuted in December 82 I believe. Headless came about in 1986