Rickenbacker 4003s flat wound strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Bodhibob, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. Bodhibob


    Dec 20, 2015
    I just got this 4003, and l'm not pleased with round wounds that came with it. If I put flat wounds on it, will it sound much different from my Fender Jazz with flat wounds.
  2. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    I believe he is a fellow TBer. TI flats on a Ric.
  3. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
  4. RSchuster


    Jan 27, 2006
    Alexandria, VA
    Yeah, the pickups are quite different. A Ric with flats sounds great, but it's nothing like a Ric with rounds. The solution might just be to buy different rounds.
  5. Titania


    Aug 17, 2012
    Shirley, MA
    I personally love the stock Rick strings, but I have flats on one of my Ricks. It still sounds like a Rick, no question, but that Rick jangly magic really shines with rounds. I'd look at changing out to another set of rounds.
  6. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Popular flats for Rics are TI Flats or Optima Flats for vintage warmth. Then there are the more growly ones like Chromes or Roto 77's.
  7. Fender 9050 flats sound great after about a month. Still got some nice growl. I like D'addario tapewounds on mine. Still got some clang and growl and nice bottom, and no finger noise.
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  8. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    South Bend, Indiana
    Yes, it will sound much different - it's a Rick ;). As for the strings you have now, what is it you don't like about them? If it's the feel of rounds in general, then by all means change to something else likes tapes, or flats, or...? If it's the tone you don't like - is it your first Rick? Is it new or used? How long have you had it? How old are those strings? I ask, 'cause not only are rounds not noted for long life, but they can sound very different from brand to brand. I have different brands and gauges of rounds on my 2 Rick basses for that reason; while they both still sound like a Rick, they are definitely not the same. If you're new to a Rick, may I suggest spending some time seriously experimenting with the controls - and especially the push-pull feature on the bridge p/u tone control? It's very possible you'll find the sound you're looking for without going on an unnecessary (and maybe expensive) String Hunt...:)
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