PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE help!! Ric 4003 vs Classic 50s P!!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Smith_brc, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. Smith_brc


    Jun 17, 2013
    SO i finally have enough money for either of these.

    RIckenbacker 4003 (maybe the walnut one?)


    Fender classic 50s lacquer precision bass.

    *now I know people will say " what's your preference?" if i could take both, then i would. BUT I cant.

    I play hard rock. Kinda 70s style. I love grooving hahahahaha. Riffing on da bass! Wont be doing any slapping. SO let me know your personal pref!
  2. Kenova


    May 5, 2010
    Zagreb (Croatia)
    Rick...because Rick for shag sake!!!!
  3. garritynet

    garritynet Guest

    May 29, 2015
    I only have two basses, a Ric and a P Bass and by far the Rick is my favorite.
  4. Brian D

    Brian D

    Dec 2, 2004
    Dublin, Ireland
    Normally I'd say P bass, but 70's style hard rock? You need a RIC and some nice overdrive pedal!
  5. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Those basses are not even close in terms of value...

    If you don't have a P you can never go wrong with one. However, a Rick is a fairly disctinct instrument so if you like them then I'd go with that. You can always buy a cheap P bass down the road.
  6. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Buy them both.
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  7. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I have a P. I had a Ric. I liked the Ric. The P stuck around. The P fits better with the music I play most of the time.
  8. I love the 50s Precision so that gets my vote
  9. joel406


    Dec 27, 2013

    mic drop...
  10. Geronimo Atwater

    Geronimo Atwater

    Apr 26, 2015
    Due East
    I would go with the Rickenbacker, and in Maple-Glo instead of Walnut.

    If you string it with TI Flats then you would get that '70's Wingsian Macca clunk.

    Or string it with Rotosound Swing 66 Rounds for that Squire belchy snarl.

    Both classic '70's bass sounds.
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Used Ric and a used Classic 50's non lacquer P
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  12. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!

    The 4003 without a doubt, how could there be any other choice, really, between those two? :bassist:
  13. image.jpeg Ric 4003s and a Squier CV 60's Pbass. Works for me anyway. Black Fridays coming so you should be able to find some deep discounts out and about also.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2015
  14. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    I have 4 Ricks an no Ps, so my choice would be dead easy.
    The hard part is choosing a finish.
    I'd go for a 4003S in MapleGlo given what I already own.
  15. Pbass!! the ric is too one dimensional its a ric thats it which is great but a P is the Chameleon of the bass world
  16. If you have enough for a Ric, why are you looking at the MIM Classic? Look at the AVRI!!

    Between the Ric and the Classic, I'd go with the Classic, personally.
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  17. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Not this silly old thing, again! :rollno:
  18. crucislancer

    crucislancer Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    There’s a big price difference between the two basses. The 50’ lacquer Precision is $800, the 4003 is around $1750 or so, depending on where you shop. So, you could conceivably get an even better Precision for the price of a new 4003, perhaps a lightly used AVRI ’58 Precision.

    Tough to pick one over the other. Having a P bass is always a good option, as it’s such a versatile instrument. The 4003 is a fantastic bass with a distinct voice, and can be versatile in its own right.

    The only thing I can suggest is to play many examples of both models, and then pick the one that works for you. I’m not very familiar with what Rickenbacker has to offer these days, but if your price limit is around $1700 (just a guess), you’ve got all the MIM and most of the MIA Precisions on the new market that you can afford, and on the used market the sky’s the limit. Except for vintage, of course.
  19. covermego

    covermego Still here....... Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Redding, CA
    ALIBABA ! ! ! Buy 3 of each ! ! !
  20. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I would only buy a Rickenbacker if it's the 4004 series.
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