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RIC OWNERS: Is the string spacing a lot more tighter on a 5 string compared to MM5???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Thumpin4, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. Thumpin4


    Nov 6, 2002
    RIC OWNERS: Is the string spacing a lot more tighter on a 5 string compared to MM5???
    My next bass is either going to be a Mike Lull P5 or a Ric 5'er. I love the sound of both of these basses.

    I bought a SX 4 string P-bass not to long ago and replaced the pup with a SD SPB-3 pup. After replacing the pup, the bass had more thump than my MIA P-bass that sold about a year ago IMHO.

    Can you get a lot of low end out of a Ric? I know comparing a Ric to a P-bass is :meh:

    I would love to have a Ric 5'er. I'm just worried about getting one and it feels like that I'm playing a geetar.

  2. someone once told me that he knew off octaved 12 string basses that had wider spacing than 5 strings rics hahahahah..

    I have though never tried one..
  3. RSchuster


    Jan 27, 2006
    Alexandria, VA
    You can definitely get a lot of low end out of a Ric. Mostly it depends on what strings you're using, though. I use DR Hi-Beams, and they have bottom, but not nearly as much as the nickel Lo-Riders I used. For the ultimate in Ric low-end-ness, get some D'addario Chromes or some other semi-bright sounding flatwound. But yeah, mostly it's the strings that make the biggest difference on a Ric.

    As for string spacing, I dunno. I don't own a 5-string Ric.
  4. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    First of all, good luck finding a Rick 5-string! Both 5-sting models they made/make are rare birds.

    The older, discontinued 4003S/5 has very tight string spacing. I didn't like it.

    The new 4004Cii/5 has wider string spacing (not sure of the exact measurement), but these basses are currently not in production. They made a few, but they've stopped production pending some design refinements.
  5. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    You'll hear a lot of people say that the 4003s/5 is way tight, and uncomfortable. The fact according to Rickenbacker's numbers is that it is tight at the bridge, but it is actually wider than a Fender Jazz 5 at the nut.
  6. Wow. I had no idea Ric ever even did 5'ers.

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