Rickenbacker or Peavey or Spector

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gulice, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. Gulice


    Sep 13, 2002
    Im looking to get a 4 string after playing 5 for a while, its between a Spector, Rickenbacker, or going to the peavey cirrus 4. for about 1000 im wondering which you think is the best, i play in a blues/rock band and i do a little jazz.
    Any response will be aprreciated
  2. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    Well, as one of the fanatical Rickenbackermaniacs around here I would suggest . . . . a RIC.
  3. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Mitten
    That's a tough one, I own a Rick 4000 and a Spector Rebop 5. I play the crap out of both of them, it's a coin toss for me. It depends on what your looking for, I think the Rick has more of a classic rock, blusie sound which I play a lot of, on the other hand the Spector is also very versitle and kicks major butt when I play more of the modern rock, but I like all rock. Play them both, hear them through your head if you can, feel and tone is what matters most to me but those are both excellent choices, I have also heard good things about the peavys. If I had to pick one I'd go with the Rick, hey buy one now and put the other one on layaway like I did, problem solved. Good luck
  4. i've played a Ric before...YAWN!!!

    i feel like white trash whenever i pick a Ric up!

    I'm no fan of Spector.

    I had doubts about the whole "Peavey" name...but when i played a Cirrus, I had no doubts.

    Get the Cirrus.
  5. I do like your name (FMJ is a great movie) but RIC=White Trash?!? Ouchie!

    Tell that to this man!

    Gulice...why can't you try each of them out? Though the Rick and Spector do share their basic method of construction (all maple, neck-through...), the three basses have little in common. Since you appear to already have a Cirrus 5, why don't you consider branching out and trying something else? The Spector is probably more similar to your Cirrus, with its high-endish tone, while the Rickenbacker would be a considerable departure both in tone and feel.



    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    definately, if at all possible spend some time playing both and then decide.
  7. Gulice


    Sep 13, 2002
    ive played a spector and my peavey im just wondering how the rick is beacuse i cant find one around here and everony seems to reccomend them
  8. tim4003


    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA
    I find that totally uncalled for!


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    yeah that was a pretty tasteless comment dude
  10. Well... I'll be the first to admit that Ricks are sort of an acquired taste - playing a Rick is kind of like driving a Saab - the entire time you know you've made a concious decision to veer off the beaten path, putting up with all the device's quirks just to savour its strange goodness.

    That said, once you get hooked, there's generally no turning back - ask TB member Jean Lançon!

    Anyway... I really would advise that you try a Rick before plunking down your cash for it - or at least making very well sure you can return it. I've heard one guy describe playing a Rick feels to him like strapping a car bumper to his chest. To me, however, it's pure bliss. Perhaps you might listen to some recordings where the bassist used one? They do have a distinct sonic flavour.

  11. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    One word guys, LEMMY! :D

    And, I vote czech Spector.
  12. As in, Lemmy is white trash, thus all RIC players must be? Or, Lemmy is wicked-awesome, but you still prefer Spectors? I seriously hope you mean the latter!

    I like Spectors, especially those of the Czech neck-through variety!

    P.S. WOAH, i'm in somebody's signature!
    P.P.S. Where the heck did that topic go? I presume it degenerated into a display of some more pure forms of human stupidity and was subsequently canned?
  13. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Well, I thought the smiley would be a giveaway at that.

    Is there a font for crayon? ;)
  14. Just making sure... you can never be too careful--when people start Rick-bashing, my defenses against the Axis of Rick-hating Evil must become heightened.

  15. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Tacoma WA
    Although Geddy Lee is one of my early bass heros I found the Ric kind of limited if your gigs require a lot of different styles. Great Rock bass though.

    I played Spector NS basses (the good USA and Czech models, none of the cheaper ones) exclusively for about 13 years. Thought that they were the last basses I'd ever play...

    ...then I bought a Cirrus 6 on a whim (Had to. Got a sick deal on it.) and a funny thing happened.....I've sold all my Spectors. :eek: