Rickenbacker Lightshow bass? Who Knew.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by darwin-bass, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. darwin-bass


    Mar 29, 2013
    Salem OR
    Terrible video, but like Bigfoot or Nessie photos, you have to take what you can get.

    Have any of you heard of this?

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  2. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Yes... yes, I have. Not many were made, and they are rather rare now - especially if the light show function still works. They're a relic from a time when lots of manufacturers were trying all kinds of crazy things... And, of course (AFAIK) there were no leftys, so... just another thing I can't have...:rolleyes:
  3. deff

    deff Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2018
    Gloucester, MA
  4. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    Who knew? Covered one in the book. Only five were made, according to the RIC CEO John Hall, but several have been made recently by craftsmen.
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  5. 80jazz


    Jun 28, 2008
    I believe John Entwistle had one.
  6. farace

    farace Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    Not running the lights here, but it’s in this video.

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  7. 80jazz


    Jun 28, 2008
    That video is how I know.

    I think the 4005 with lights is one bass Geddy Lee said he was on the hunt for.
  8. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    The guitar version is super well known. And a big old fail, because the lights they used in the first version had a tendency to get so hot the plastic would melt.

    There are a good number of conversions and repros that started happening after LED technology could mitigate the heat problem.
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  9. I’ve seen a total of 1 in the flesh at a huge guitar show probably 20 years ago at the Opryland Hotel. I can’t recall if a price was even posted or it may have been NFS.
  10. Dabndug

    Dabndug Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Oz
    One of the rarest Rickenbackers seen in the wild. Even rarer than the 4005/6 six string...
  11. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Many of us did. :)

    BTW, your second sentence should end with a question mark. :D
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  12. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Well, I'll be dipped in :poop:... I would've just called bs on this one, but there it is. Can't say I really want one, but if I find it, I'll swap Geddy outta' something.
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  13. Gosh:
    If only there was some way to see what might have happened in the past.
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  14. littlebun


    Nov 16, 2004
    That is one of the coolest looking basses I have ever seen--I want!
  15. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    There was one in a display case at a music store in Victoria, circa 77 or 78. (this store specialized in school band instrument rentals, but had a few guitars too!) I got a real close look at it, enough to see they used the old-style mini frosted christmas tree lights inside...
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  16. smtp4me


    Sep 30, 2013
    Philadelphia, PA
    I was not aware until I read Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass. Apparently he tracked one down and now owns it.
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  17. nickpc


    Jul 23, 2012
    North Carolina
    I was expecting that to end with "... had a tendency to throw some interference into the output signal."
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  18. Wilmingtonian


    Aug 20, 2011
    No, it wasn't a question. It was a statement, he knew that Entwistle knew. Could have been more clear if he kept the "the"... as in: "[The] Who Knew."
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  19. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

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

    In Toronto late 70s early 80s New Wave scene there was a band called 'THE MODS'. The first time I saw them at Larry's Hideaway the lights went out during their set and the 4005 went into cosmic overload and the crowd went "Ooooooooo! Ahhhhhhh!" for a few minutes. Then the bass player switched back to his other Rickenbacker because it got to hot. Larry's didn't have any AC but it did have plenty of roaches and fun times lol.

    Last edited: Jul 13, 2020
  20. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Finally a Ric that looks good.

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