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Rickenbacker's

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by blackmetal27, Apr 3, 2002.


  1. hey i was looking at getting a Rickenbacker 4003
    how are the Rickenbackers and do you think i should get one. i know cliff burton used one.
     
  2. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    Hi,

    Great basses, indeed. The list of famous Rick bass users (4001 or 4003) is quite impressive, you may find it here :
    http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/mccorp/framespage.html
    (in the Artists section)

    However, as the owner of a 4003 (and previously of 2 4001's), I'd highly recommend to you to try to get a used Rickenbacker, instead of a new one. On the first 2 years of its life, the neck of a Rickenbacker is a bit capricious. It is nothing severe, but you'll have to set it up often.

    I purchased a new 4003 last summer after playing a few years without any Rick. Should I have a way to start over, I'd rather take a 70's 4001. You may find some great ones around $ 800 / 900.

    Hope this helps,

    All the best,
     
  3. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Patience is the key. I scored this '76 4001 in 9/10 condition for $650, but I kept my eye on the market for 9 months. When this one showed up I jumped on it like white on rice.
    Doc
     
  4. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    Snyderz, I agree with you. Waiting and searching is valuable.

    However, your 4001 is a fretless one, and regarding to the fact that there is not much demand on FL Rickenbackers, the price you paid, while being a good deal, is harder to get on a fretted Rick in the same condition.

    All the best,
     
  5. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Agreed, jaylanb. The fretted basses will demand more. Was tough to find this fretless, though. There were lots of beaters out there, not to mention defretted basses.
    blackmetal27, keep an eye on ebay, and bassgear.com and harmonycentral.com, as Rics pop up fairly often.
    Doc
     
  6. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    ... and I'll add my $ 0.02 on that topic :

    Here are two urls of real specialists of Rickenbackers. Both have the same philosophy :

    - love of the Ricks,
    - reasonable prices (negotiable though),
    - high quality of service,
    - no lies or hidden problems : the instruments they sell are ALWAYS in the exact condition that was described.

    They have an EXCELLENT+++ reputation among the Rickenbacker users' communities.

    Here are the urls :

    http://www.pickofthericks.com
    http://www.ricpage.com

    You can contact them to say what you want and what price you want to pay. There are many chances they'll find the instrument you need in a reasonably short deadline.

    All the best,