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Ric, which pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Iheartreverb, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. Iheartreverb


    Oct 31, 2013
    Doing a bit of work and know there is more options that some think for a Ric. I'm not 100% on retaining a Ric tone but interested in the sound (and differences in) between

    Seymour Duncan
    Classic Amplification

    Also unsure what to do with pots. Is there a massive difference between 330k and more commonly available 250k/500k

    All help appreciated, thanks in advance
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Seymour Duncan Rick replacement pickups do not have any Rick tone in them at all, and neither do the barts. They are good pickups in their own right but they will not give you a Rickenbacker tone.

    Classic Amplification pickups will give you the Rick tone.

    Also Joe Barden makes some really good Rick replacement pickups as well.
  3. theWilly


    Nov 14, 2011
    Dallas TX
    I can't speak to the other replacement options, but I've got a 4003 with the Ric HB1 humbucker in the bridge and it sounds pretty awesome. It's very very silent and has a great thick, warm tone, and it'll thump too but retains the overall Ric tone pretty nicely. I gig an SVT and practice with an Orange Terror Bass 500. I'm not exactly going for the Geddy or Squire tone. I play with a pick in a dirty rock band...but this setup gets it done with compliments on tone from other musicians at every gig. Looks like you can buy the whole assembly for under $100 too, so not too cost crazy to try out for yourself.
  4. I have a Univox Ric copy with Barts and it sounds quite like a P-Bass.
  5. Iheartreverb


    Oct 31, 2013

    Really? Odd seeing as the pickup construction and placement owe nothing to one. I'll keep that in mind (I still don't know what I want).

    Anyone else?
  6. MasterEvan07


    Mar 30, 2011
    Classic Amplification and Gemini Pickups in the UK are the two I found that looked to be doing some quality stuff. Also, pickofthericks.com has some Hi-output
  7. I changed my stock pots out and kept my pickups stock.

    Both tone pots: no-load.

    Bridge volume: 10meg
    (I use 100% bridge all the time and sometimes soloed)

    Neck volume: stock pot, 280k. I measured it and didn't bother changing it as I barely use the neck pup.(I changed the neck tone to no-load to take resistance out of the whole circuit, though)

    It's an '03 4003 and sounded a bit thicker than the classic Ric tone. Now it has that + more treble attack.:)
  8. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic

    Mar 20, 2011
    Spokane, Washington
    Endorsing Artist: Turnstyle Switch
    My first Ric pickup-swap was for Carvin 22-pole humbuckers, back when they made them many moons ago. If I were to do it today, I'd go with the Joe Bardens.

    And I'd go with 500K pots for volume, 500K no-load for tone.
  9. MasterEvan07


    Mar 30, 2011
    So my understanding is the Classic Amplification is the "Ric" sound but more so...? Seems like the same description of the Bardens...anyone played both?