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Rickenbacker4003 vs Ibanez K5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Geezer_Butler, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. Rickenbacker 4003

    76 vote(s)
  2. Ibanez K5

    10 vote(s)
  1. Geezer_Butler


    Feb 13, 2004
    I want to know if sombody has any of them and can tell good and bad qualities of each one.
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    poll speaks for itself.
  3. My main bass is a Ric, i cant say anything bad about it :p
    In fact...i want more Ric's. Hardly wait till the summer, look out Ricpage! :D
  4. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    If you want the sound of tic tacs going down stairs, then get the K5. :rolleyes:

  5. Owned.
  6. Oliver


    Jun 21, 2003
    Perth, Australia
    Depends on your style. I cant stand Ric's one bit, the design alone makes me wanna puke.

    K5 here.
  7. vanselus

    vanselus Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    You can't argue with Fieldy.
  8. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    I have a Ric 4003, beautiful instrument. Not that good for slap though. The K5 is just a soundgear with a fancy inlay. Which would you choose?
  9. Fieldy, a true innovator.
  10. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Hmm...A Ric sounds great, looks great (although some don't care for its looks), plays great, and is an American Classic

    A K-5...well it's an Ibanez, it's a FiElDy sig. Doesn't seem like much of a contest to me.
  11. This is a total apples to oranges comparison. One is a classic, vintage bass, the other is an active 5 string. Figure out what you want, and choose for yourself.
  12. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    I voted the K5 just so i can brag about my punkness.
  13. I've owned a Ric 4003 for about a year, and have nothing bad to say about it. With the right setup and some practice, it even works well with slap playing. Check out this sound clip that I made with my Ric (it's Stu Hamm's "County Music" solo, which includes both tapping and slap) http://www.digitalsoundplanet.com/Members/000121467_000015048.mp3
  14. blaire


    Jul 15, 2003
    The land of Rice
    Well I dont think its a very fair poll simply coz of the vast difference between the 2 basses. I have a K5 which I think is a really nice bass, deep and heavy and comfortable to play. Ive never played a ric. I personally dont like the look of them. Ill stick with the K5 for now thanx. :cool:
  15. natrab


    Dec 9, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Nice playing Andy. I have never played or even heard a Ric, however I didn't expect it to get that kind of tone. Not as thumpy as my old fender, but a very cool kind of vintage tone.

    What setup changes did you make to get a good slap sound out of your Ric?

    I must go try one now. :D
  16. fozzy


    Jun 21, 2001
    Riga, Latvia, EU
    I don't like old school basses - waste of wood, and design is horrible ... Vote for K5(good bass, only bad thing is that Fieldy signature,scratch it ..:D)
    Peace ..
  17. natrab


    Dec 9, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Their design is what makes them so classic. There's something good about them or they wouldn't still be so popular. I doubt there will still be thousands of bass players gigging on K-5s in 40 years
  18. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    and the proof of the pudding, is in the fact its still sweet, reliable and beautiful 40 years on.
  19. Without those "horrible" and "wood-wasting" designs, Ibanez would be manufacturing furniture right now.
  20. Man, "waste of wood" is a pretty strong statement. It's amazing how a waste of wood is still around after all these years. Besides, the features of the Ric clearly outweigh those of the K5 (like dual truss rods, fingerboard binding, Schaller deluxe tuners, stereo output capability, neck-thru body, etc.) I'd say it was designed pretty well. Ibanez builing a bass and putting that guy from Korn's sig on it was a mistake.

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