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Rickebacker 4005 bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sb69coupe, Dec 14, 2006.


  1. sb69coupe

    sb69coupe

    Aug 9, 2004
    Raleigh NC
    Any of my fellow TB'ers have first hand experience with one of these rare Riks?

    I was at a blues jam last night and an older dude walked in around midnight with one of these. He said he's owned it since new, back in 1972. He had installed a P-bass pickup at the neck, but it was otherwise stock. I've never seen one of these before, it was a real beaut. His was this exact color.

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  2. marcray

    marcray

    Nov 28, 2006
    Englishman in Oyster Bay, NY
    Aging Former Bass Player
    wow I like that... I'm not a Ricky fan but that is nice and smooth...
     
  3. I would say that if he's put a P pickup in it and most likely routed it for this - he's just waved goodbye to a large chunk of cash.

    These basses are very sought after by Rick enthusiasts and if any of them are reading this they are probably shaking their heads and saying "nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo"

    They came in 4, 6 and 8 string versions.
     
  4. Panther

    Panther

    Dec 9, 2004
    Nova Scotia
    There's one on Ebay right now with a BIN for $15,000 I think
     
  5. sb69coupe

    sb69coupe

    Aug 9, 2004
    Raleigh NC
    It wasn't routed for the P pickup, he merely mounted it to the top in place of the original neck pickup. $15k is a TON of cash for that bass. I was on my way out, so I didn't stick around to hear the bass in action. In hindsight, I should have.
     
  6. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I really want to try one of those sometime , I might have actually seen one in Blueburst but I am getting fuzzy.
     
  7. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada
    Greetings from the North,

    If you wanna hear what one sounds like, look for the band named 'Spirit'. Album name 'The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus'. There's a song called 'When I Touch You'. Turn it up it's the richest Ric sound you'll ever hear, bar none.

    Rezdog
     
  8. Micolao

    Micolao

    Sep 7, 2005
    Italy
    mods has a beautiful one.
    he's a super rick-expert and he also ownes a bunch of other beautiful ricks, great player too.
     
  9. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    MKE
    Is that the bass he plays on the rest of the album? If so, it really is the richest Ric sound I've ever heard. The octaves before the verse in Animal Zoo particularly.:hyper:
     
  10. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I know a guy selling 1967 for $11k

    Amazing bass :bassist:
     
  11. stretch80

    stretch80 Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    The Rick 4005 approach: semi hollow w/ pickups at the extremes (right at the neck and bridge) -- would be an interesting approach for a project or custom bass.

    Or heck, even on a solid body. I'm thinking a p-bass body with darkstar pickups at the neck and bridge. Or an ibanez artcore...

    ..an approach for those of us without 10k!

    It sure does sound great.
     
  12. sb69coupe

    sb69coupe

    Aug 9, 2004
    Raleigh NC
    In a solidbody version, that sounds alot like a Lakland Jerry Scheff model.

    JerryScheff.
     
  13. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Mani from the Stone Roses used to use a slightly... ahem... customised one. Never thought musch of his tone, tbh.

    guitar_mani.
     
  14. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    MKE
    In theory, it would describe a Lakland Decade, too.
     
  15. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    That bass begs to be reissued.
     
  16. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    it's been specifically mentioned by the boss of Ric that it will NEVER happen.
     
  17. Basshole

    Basshole Banned

    Jan 28, 2005
    Color me unimpressed. Sounds like a $250 Hofner copy.
     
  18. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Wow....any more info on that?
     
  19. first time I saw one was for the Oasis video "Go Let it Out"
     
  20. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    3rd party reference. I was told that is was posted by him directly on the Ric forum
     

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