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Reasonable alternatives for a Rickenbacker

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by darkhorse9, May 3, 2010.

  1. darkhorse9


    Mar 28, 2010
    I am at a place in my life where a $1400 to $3500 bass is just not in the budget. My life is still at the $400 and below limit.

    Are there any basses out there that would give a reasonable similarity of sound to a Rickenbacker? My goal is to try and capture that late Beatles sound. The Hofner won't cut it and the budget won't allow the best alternative.

    Any advice? (besides get a second job)
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Danelectro, obviously. It's sort of half way between a Hofner and a Rick.
  3. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    I think that my Dano 63 sounds a lot like the Rick that some ba$t@rd stole from me.
  4. Peavey T-40 is the obvious answer at that price point.
  5. Dan B

    Dan B

    Oct 19, 2008
    Pittsfield, MA
    T-40 is obvious.

    The Danelectro Longhorn also give a Rick-ish vibe. I found it similar to a Rick but with more "tubbiness."

    Or maybe the Ovation Magnum?
  6. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    A T-40 Peavey, or an early (first version with 2 single coils) maple bodied G&L SB-2 can do a reasonable Ric impression as well.
  7. ExurKun


    Sep 29, 2009
    wow im extremely surprised no ones said: "nothing can come close" yet haha :D
  8. Moe Monsarrat

    Moe Monsarrat Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Austin, Tx.
    Endorsing artist:Regenerate Guitar Works Carvin, Micheal Kelly Guitars
    T-40 will do it. Even though my 1st good bass was a Ric (a new 1969 model) I have never understood why they are so much more expensive than other basses of similar quality. I also don't understand why they are so hard to find & why parts are not available easily. They don't advertise much....what's up wid dem?
  9. Thunder Pulse

    Thunder Pulse

    May 12, 2007
    Well, he's going for a Beatles sound, not Chris Squire or Geddy Lee. Specifically, he said a "late" Beatles sound. I don't know what that means exactly, but whenever I've seen Paul playing a Ric on Youtube it's been a pretty mellow sound.
  10. Basstovsky

    Basstovsky Stuck on those 4-strings Supporting Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    My T-40 with both pups in single coil mode did a really good 'dear prudence' sound, its the closest ric sound I've got from a number of basses I've tried, excluding the geddy tone which is easier to get I have found.
  11. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    For the late Beatles sound? That's not really to my ears an especially characteristic Ric sound. I'd go Jazz Bass with old flats or tapewounds. That's what Macca played on Band on the Run a few years later anyway, right?

    My '51 Reissue Precision, with steel roundwounds or flats, sound a lot like a Ric. Single coils, hand position, eq at the amp.
  12. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA

  13. I had a maple-bodied Peavey Foundation that sounded a LOT like a Ric. I was amazed at the tones I could get out of it. It was just heavy or I would have kept it.
  14. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    +1 for an older Peavey T-40.

    I own both and the T-40 can get pretty close to a RIC tone.
  15. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    Peavey T-40

  16. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    Rick tone.. Peavey Patriot... (if you're on a budget)
  17. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    Warning .. a patriot will need to be setup.. most are dorked with by kids.
  18. I think you really need to work with most of the older Peaveys to get them back into shape. I agree that most of them have probably been left in closets, under beds, out in the garage..etc. until their owner decided to throw it up on Craigslist or Ebay.
  19. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
  20. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Any single coil, active bass with a SansAmp will get you as close as you can get, but in reality, no, nothing sounds like a Ric except a Ric.

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