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Rickenbacker Fat?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jock, Sep 22, 2001.

  1. jock


    Jun 7, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    How can I get a new Rickenbacker to sound like the 4004 II? I love the looks and the playability of the 4003 but prefer the fatter humbuckingsound of the 4004. I know seymor duncan, bartolini and Alembic makes replacement pickups (if my memory tells me right). has anyone changed to humbuckers on a 4003? I´ve also heard that the horseshoe pickup gets a fatter sound but I don´t think I could get used to the pickup cover-thing.
  2. jock


    Jun 7, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Anyone? Please...
    I´ve heard this mentioned here before but I don´t know what pickup to get.
  3. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    have you checker out the lond rickenbacker thread? i can't help with your question i have a stock rick 4001. i know alembic, bartolini and emg, plus SD do pickups that can be put on the rick without body modifications. but i feel a little bit strange that you want to change the clanky tone of a rick. if i want a more "bass" sound i pick up my jazz bass. there is the chance for you to install rickenbacker humbuckers too. that couls be great. if you check out rickenbacker thread you'll find a couple og links that sell rick replacement pickup direct. give a try!
  4. Lumpycat


    Sep 16, 2001
    Philadelphia PA
    You might have the wrong bass. I've been playing a 4001 for almost 12 years straight and the paint has been rubbed off. When I play with a pick I use the bridge pick up and when I use my fingers I toggle to the neck position. Have you tried playing around with the tone positions and your amp? It might be your amp as well. I would try playing it through a different rig if possible. I think it's a shame to modify such a classic bass.

  5. jock


    Jun 7, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Yes i agree that it´s a bit of a shame to modyfie such a classic but I love the sound of Fender -basses and I love the stringspacing (at the bridge) of the Rick. I also love the neck and the looks of the rick but the sound is just not "fat" enough IMO.
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