Rick bridge?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by JetBlackJazz, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. JetBlackJazz

    JetBlackJazz Guest

    Feb 22, 2011
    Lumberton, TX
    I've never owned nor played a Rick, but why the hate on the bridge? Just give honest answers.
  2. Khronic

    Khronic Richard J. Naimish Inactive

    Oct 24, 2006
    Grand Junction, CO.
    Thought your thread title was asking me an unspecified question.
  3. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    I've never personally seen it happen (I also don't own a Rick), but I've heard of many that complain of "bridge lift", which appears to be a fault in the design. The tailpiece is not connected to the body and so the string tension and slight upward angle pull the bridge, which bends at its weakest point.

  4. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Albuquerque, NM
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Setting intonation.
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    It is the hardest bridge to adjust
  6. arsie

    arsie Guest

    Jan 19, 2011
    Actually, having never owned a Gibson or epi, how does the 3 point bridge adjustment compare with the Ric?
  7. arsie

    arsie Guest

    Jan 19, 2011
    Is that last picture even of a Ric? The pup looks off.
  8. I had no idea bridge lift was so bad. I am really thinking the Ovation Magnum is a humongous Ric rip off now. I always wondered why it had such a huge bolt holding the bridge from the back, and the bridge looks a lot like a ric bridge.
  9. dbd1963


    May 18, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    Ric knows about this problem and has been "designing" a replacement for years. I don't know what is holding them back.

    There are aftermarket replacements which solve the issue but they don't look quite like a Ric bridge does.