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Rickebacker 4001 owners (old 70's versions) - what string/bridge combo do you use?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mookie stinks, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. mookie stinks

    mookie stinks Banned

    Feb 15, 2008
    What strings / bridge combo do you find works for you?

    stock bridge? aftermarket? flats? rounds? tuners - stock? aftermarket?
  2. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Stock bridge D'Addario Pro Steels.....more bite than a hungry piranha.
  3. Rickenbrad


    Aug 13, 2007
    Stock Bridge and DR Sunbeams (40-100) sounds great
  4. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    D'Addario Half Rounds Reg. 050 to 105 gauge on my '76 4001. Way back, I tried Rotosound Swing Bass rounds, then Rotosound Superwounds, then D'Addario XL's. Once I strung it up with Half Rounds, I haven't looked back.

    BTW, My Rick has been modded with a Badass bridge and Bartolini pickups.
  5. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    on my 74 4000,i replaced the stock bridge with an aluminum hipshot. i have had the bass for about 5 years with a few different string sets on it,now it intonates perfectly.(finally) i also have a set of dr sunbeams 40-100 on mine,but will be putting on a set of nos rickenbacker flatwounds soon.the hipshot also seems to even out the string-to-string volume nicely.
  6. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    oh yeah,other than the hipshot,it's stock. my bass has the big reverse kluson keys and they work! and the pickup cover is ON!
  7. Stock bridge & D'Addario XL 220 strings. (.040 - .095)
  8. jbiscuti


    Dec 22, 2007
    NYC / LA
    Endorsing Artist: Grolsch Strap Locks
    Stock bridge, any big thumpy flats I can find. Usually GHS.
  9. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    I have an set of the Roto Piano sound (exposed core) .105s E string on mine, and they sound incredible. Stock bridge, no problems.
  10. i've tried several strings..
    till i get comfortable with

    Ernie Ball Super Slinky BASS (45,65,80,100) Roundwound
    pickup cover ON
    Low Action
    Stock bridge, with tail lift :(

    mine is a 1979 Walnut
  11. Rushlover13


    Jul 7, 2009
    My grandpa has this one his, and its pretty much the same thing as geddy lee's rickenbackers, actually, all of his basses are like this. Badass II bridge and rotosound roundwound swing bass 66 45-100 gauge are definatly the best to use. Get the nice Geddy Lee/Chris Squire tone.
  12. craig.p


    Sep 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Badass bridge, Rotosound RS66 Swing Bass (.045/.065/.080/.105) that are about a quarter century old (seriously!).
  13. cassius987

    cassius987 Banned

    Apr 20, 2007
    Denver, CO
    I have a small handful of Rics so I have multiple answers. All of my Rics are set up EXACTLY how I like them and I'm really satisfied with them so none of these arrangements have caused me trouble. All of them have stock tuners except the 4001FL which has Hipshot tuners and the 4003FL has a Hipshot Bass Xtender (BT5). All of the basses have super-low action and very straight necks. The 4001FL has a dead straight neck and the 4003s have a microscopic amount of relief.

    4001FL c. 1976 Hipshot Brass + Rotosound TruBass 88: 65-75-100-115
    4003FL c. 2008 Stock bridge + Fender 9050L: 45-60-80-100
    4003 c. 2007 Stock bridge + D'Addario Nickel XL: 45-60-80-105
    4003 c. 2009 Hipshot Brass + GHS Super Steels: 44-58-78-102
  14. TC424


    Jun 24, 2010
    Holtwood, PA
    I have a '74 4001. badass II bridge with Rotosound Swingbass
  15. The one Ric of mine that developed tail lift was replaced with a Hipshot aluminum. I'm hearing maybe a slight improvement, nothing to write home about.

    All three of my Rics have rounds, one just got a new set of Rotosounds. Again, nothing to write home about, rounds are rounds to my Rics, each brand seems to sound about the same. I play 45-100.

    Stock tuners on all three. I've never even considered aftermarket tuners, there seems to be no reason.

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