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Rickenbacker 4003 or Fender Mod Shop P-Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheThopterGod, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. 4003

    73 vote(s)
  2. P-Bass

    84 vote(s)
  1. TheThopterGod


    Jul 22, 2019
    I am looking to buy a new bass, and was wondering which of these two you guys would recommend. I love the sound of both, and they both look amazing, so I wanted to know your opinions. Thanks! Front,0.3. rickenbacker-4003-bass.
    Luigir and EatS1stBassist like this.
  2. Picton


    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    Given that you’d have a hard time finding two LESS similar basses...

    What do you own already? What’s your playing style? What kind of music do you enjoy playing? Which sound do you prefer?

    Most importantly, why would we know which one is best for YOU?

    Welcome! But I suspect a lot of the answers you’ll get will reflect other peoples’ preferences, not yours. The Rick will always have better resale, at least.
    Luigir, Kubicki Fan, Relsom and 4 others like this.
  3. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I have both. Love both. @Picton just cast the tiebreaker above.
    Charlzm likes this.
  4. TheThopterGod


    Jul 22, 2019

    I play mainly prog rock and punk, so thats where the big split comes in.
    Charlzm likes this.
  5. Picton


    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA

    Well, I’d get the Rick because I like brighter sound.

  6. I like the Ric sound in certain places, but find them complicated and uncomfortable. IMO a p bass make a better all purpose bass.

    If you already love the sound of both, I'd pick the one that feels best, plays better in YOUR hands.

    Also welcome. Also your poll should have an option for "carrots." Dont ask ;)
  7. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Get both.
  8. TheThopterGod


    Jul 22, 2019
    I wish. Hopefully one day I can :)
    EatS1stBassist likes this.
  9. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    If it helps Paul Simonon of The Clash, Inge Johannson of Against Me!, Bruce Foxton of The Jam and Paul Gray of The Damned have all been Rickenbacker 4K series basses.
  10. TheThopterGod


    Jul 22, 2019
    Well Paul Simonon was still probably best known for his white p-bass
  11. jblock

    jblock Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    I'd choose the Pbass just for the ergonomics and simplicity of changing strings, setup, etc. You can get a nice bright grindy sound out of a Pbass with roundwounds.
  12. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Nothing else to be said: 4003.
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  13. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    My first bass was a Ric 4001. I'd get the P bass. As cool as the Ric is, if you play live, at some point the hum on the Ric will drive you up a tree. The P bass won't do that to you. Second bass? - the Ric is fine as a second bass, provided you have a non-humming bass as a backup for when the Ric doesn't work.
    MYLOWFREQ and lizardking837 like this.
  14. Get the Ric!

    If you're a "Typical TalkBass" member you probably already have a P-bass.

    Or six...
  15. They’re 2 totally different feeling instruments. Some can go back and between the two, but many can’t. If you get used to a p bass you can also easily get on with a j bass because the ergonomics are pretty much the same.
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    buy one of each and take a year to sort out which you like better …

    and while you are at it … get a jazz bass and a stingray
  17. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I play jazz basses, p-basses , Rics, stingrays, Jag basses, SG basses, Fenderbirds, 5 strings, 8 strings, passive, active, short scale, long scale … I am used to playing lots of stuff
  18. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    Ric. Not even close. P-bass? dime a dozen. cant get one anytime, anyplace, at half the price of a new one.

    Get the Ric.
    Hurricane Jimmie and jackn1202 like this.
  19. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    hum? Never heard it.
    bobyoung53 and Spupilup like this.
  20. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    @TheThopterGod, you don't say what sort of bass you have at the moment.

    A lot of people on here who consider purchasing either of those basses don't have any experience of playing a Ric in anger, and use the same style that they used to play their previous basses and then don't get on with the ergonomics of a Ric. You do have to adjust your playing style to play one.

    Definitely one to "try before you buy".

    But get the Ric. ;) :D
    Gizmot likes this.

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