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Rickenbacker P-bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by visa, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. visa


    Dec 17, 2005
    I've noticed the bass player in Guitar Wars as well is the guy in Paul Gilbert's solo band use Rickenbacker bass guitars that appear to have P-bass style pickups, with only two knobs. I don't see any such bass on the Rickenbacker site, anybody knows anything?
  2. Probably a Rickenbacker 4000 model. Maybe he replaced the pickup with a P-pickup.
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    any pics of the guy?
  4. visa


    Dec 17, 2005

  5. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Carcassonne, France
    Looks like a modded 4000, IMO. But I may be wrong.
  6. Even the body looks too small to be a 4000 model

    custom maybe?
  7. Oxblood

    Oxblood Banned

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Gotta be a custom.
  8. gwx014


    Dec 22, 2005
    That was my thought too.
  9. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    it's got to be, the badass bridge has no trim around it... I'm pretty sure all ric bridges have a larger footprint.
  10. Oxblood

    Oxblood Banned

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I'm not sure, if this even is a custom, why the luthier would put Rickenbacker on the headstock. This is very very interesting.
  11. WarwickFan


    Feb 7, 2005
    While it might be a custom, you can bet RIC didn't do it. I can't see John Hall ever putting a P-pickup in one of his basses. If he did it would be a P-Rick. His joke, not mine.
  12. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Stuck a Ric neck on a custom body?
  13. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    Ric's are neck-through, so I doubt that's it.

    I think it's a regular Ric with a new pickguard and different pickups/electronics. And it's been refinished.

    That would explain the Rickenbacker on the headstock, the different pickups/guard and the lack of body trim (and also, possibly the smaller body...as it might have been shaved down some).
  14. jake_tim


    Jun 28, 2005
    North Carolina
    But that would be kinda hard to do, since ricks are neck-thru, right?

  15. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    gotta be a custom jobber.
  16. Could be a repainted 4000s, they never came with trim, or a sharktooth fretboard(like Chris Squire's 4001CS).
  17. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I figure:
    Ric 4000
    Horseshoe replaced by P-Bass p/u
    New pickguard to cover Horseshoe route
    BadAss bridge
  18. ArwinH

    ArwinH run rabbit run

    Dec 1, 2005
    Southern California
    Steve Azola did it.......the fenderbacker.....:bag:
  19. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    RIC doesn't do customs.

    Looks like it's likely a 4003S (that model was fairly common (until it was discontinued a few years back) and it didn't have the binding or triangle inlays) with a new pickguard for the P pickup and electronics, possibly a refinish (looks a little dark to be a Fireglo, but it could be just the lighting), and possibly the bridge route filled in for the new bridge in the process (I've seen that done before on other modded Ricks.)
  20. visa


    Dec 17, 2005
    Mize Szuter uses one too. o_o