Rickenbacker stereotypes ??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GodPlayedBass, Dec 24, 2020.

  1. Ive heard people say things on the internet to other people such as

    "I bet you you like rics"
    Assuming its an insult, any stereotypes going around about ric players ? Also what dont people like about them ?
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  2. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA

    Old guys that miss shag carpet, wood paneling, and VW buses.
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  3. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    The bridge
  4. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    News to me that there are stereotypes surrounding Ric players.
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  5. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    Strange the 2 main stereotypes seem to be that a Rick only sounds like a Chris Squire/Geddy Lee sound-OR a Macca sound.
    2 polar opposites in a one trick pony. ;)
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  6. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    I've found I've found the Rickeratti to be a fairly diverse bunch . The odds may be good , but the goods are odd .
    I put flats on both of mine .
  7. Jeff Scott

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

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    PSA: Don't drink the green eggnog.
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  8. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    The one I seem to hear most about Ric owners?
    They comb their hair with forks.
  9. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    My first bass was a Ric 4001. I haven't owned on for a few decades now. Does that make me more or less cool?
  10. Ric players are either prog rockers or stoners. Those are the two that get thrown my way when I take mine out in public. Which one depends on whether I wear a cape that day I guess.

  11. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I'm putting a 4004 on my gas-list, just to screw with the stereotype. Wait... 4004 didn't come with stereo output... did it? :facepalm:
  12. Stewie


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    I thought Rics were the only stereotype basses available.
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  13. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    The stuff I see on the net is usually typed, not spoken, but there was that infamous video from Dave's World of Fun Stuff that got passed around here like it was confetti at 00:00 on 01-Jan
    It's the connotation that you're different if you enjoy playing them, which is supposed to be an insult, but I think it's a compliment. Why conform?
  14. Hey! I had a VW bus....I think...Whoooaaa!!:thumbsup:
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  15. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Randy Meisner played a Ric on Hotel California. Pete Quaife played a Ric in the Kinks for awhile.
  16. Stereotypes eh... wondering now if I should have ordered that fretless violin bass that is somewhere in a queue of trucks near Calais. I guess I'd better only play Beatles songs with it.
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  17. Drifter8230


    Sep 4, 2020
    I stereotype Ric owners/players as unconventional, in a positive way. Not an insult really :bassist:
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  18. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Not just here, but that video does seem to pop up in a lot of bass forums whenever someone is asking about ricks, and it seems like it is usually posted by people who have never played/owned one. Maybe I'm the one stereotyping now, but that's the kind of stuff that annoys me, that and the fact that that stuff annoys me enough to post about/respond to it.

    I have a 4001. I appreciate it for what it is, not what the internet tells me it should be. I'll leave it at that.
  19. Dincrest


    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    There is this completely insane anime/manga called FLCL (said Fooley Cooley) where the wacky character Haruko Haruhara wields a blue Rickenbacker as a weapon.

    So there's that unique perception of Rickenbacker wielders as well.

    I had an opportunity to try a Rickenbacker in recent years... I didn't like it at all. Its ergonomics felt all wrong and it was just a very uncomfortable bass to strap on and play. I appreciate that they're totally unique. There is nothing out there like a Rickenbacker. But they're not for me.
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  20. Erasmusman

    Erasmusman One day I will master the bass.

    Nov 24, 2020
    Upper Midwest
    If I played my Ric like Chris Squire or Geddy Lee, I would love to be stereotyped.
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