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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by corrosiontrav, Mar 16, 2006.
Which would you pick and why?
No brainer - Rickenbacker, because of sound and feel. I'm biased, though. I've played a Ric for 28 years and never took to the MM feel.
Im equally as biased towards the Stingray...
What tone are you going for?
Both are delicious, but I personally prefer the Rick. It's all about your preference, though.
Rick it up.
You want a cranky old-school tone, or a refined modern one?
Both have bucketloads of growl.
I like the Ric more than the Stingray, but I also wouldn't mind owning a 'Ray someday...you really need to play both instruments to see which one feels and sounds right..
Noone here can do that for you...and they are both excellent instruments.
Ray Ray all the way!
I play in an orignal rock band, well more southern rock, think Drive By Truckers meets Down and Soundgarden.
Anywho, I play a Mesa 400+ with Ampeg 412HE's. My main bass is an EBMM Bongo that I love, and I was thinking of getting a second Bongo, but I've always loved Stingrays, and I've always loved the tone of Ricks.
I play a Stingray because it's what spoke to me when I tried out a bunch of basses in a few shops. But I know people who've done the same and walked out with a Ric.
Here ends the lesson.
I'm a Ric kind of a guy. However, comparing the two is like comparing an airplane to submarine, just too different of beasts. I dig them both though.
I have a Rick 4000 that I got at 16 and was my main bass for many years. I play a Stingray 5 as my main bass now. The Rick has a great (but unique) neck, and a singing, growling tone w/ lots of mids. The Ray has more bottom.
Newer 4003's have waay more bottom than an old 4000 series.
the ric has a much more "controversial" shape. But i think you should play both.
personally i would have a ric because i love the shape.
Wow, talk about comparing apples and oranges. You can't really compare those two basses since they have COMPLETELY different... well... everything! Other than having four strings and pluggin into an amp, those two basses have nothing in common; pretty much everyhting else is different. They share almost NO since ground at all.
That said, I, personaly would go with a Rick, but thats ME.
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To slap or not to slap, if so the Ray, If not look at a Ric and at least give it a chance. I love my Ric because the build, tone, playability and the sustain still blows me away. both are fine instruments . both are different.
To my eyes, the Ric is the more attractive of the two by far. But alone, that's a not a good reason to buy it, obviously. The Ric is less of a do it all bass, though there might (I said might) be better choices for a do it all basses.
Before anyone rags on that comment, I've had 3 Rics, and so far 1 Ray.
They really are apples and oranges.
So you dig airplanes and submarines both? Right on, man!
But yeah, I'd definately get both. Before I played bass, I always thought that Stingrays were like the ultimate bass. That being based off their price in Musician's Friend's catalouge. Now I have GAS for a RIC, but still they're both awesome basses. While I like the shape of the RIC, the Stingray has WAY more customisation to it.
I love Ricks, basically because it comes down to the tone I'm after. A somewhat raw & unrefined, loud and punchy single coil passive tone.
I don't think you can go wrong with either bass though. And as far as construction and quality go, Ernie Ball and Rickenbacker probably both make the highest quality production instruments out there.
Id go the ray, love the looks, greatest tone that works with just about everything, awesomely well made.
Never been a big Ric fan either.