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Smells Like Rickenbacker

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassmachine2112, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    hiho,anybody notice that a Ricky has a smell of it,s own.
    Mine is a 99 4003 and everytime I pick it up I can detect it,s unique smell.
    A side issue here regarding weak E strings I had this problem.
    All I did was set the neck flat and install a hipshot bridge and now it has massive bottom end on par with my musicman with bass fully boosted.I think what people mean is that they can be low mid light as opposed to bass light.
  2. Holy War

    Holy War

    Sep 18, 2008
    VA Beach
    mine smells like sweet sweet raunchy sex from the early 80s :D
  3. Stempelloos


    Nov 3, 2008
    Car sellers have a trick to sell second hand cars.
    After a cleanup they spray a special 'new car smell'
    in the interior to give customers the sense that it's a good car,
    because it smells like their brand.

    The same trick could be used for basses and guitars.
    I do know that there's a range of smells available for dealers and types.
  4. BassBob185


    Oct 25, 2007
    Rocking Chair
    Yes I had one and recall that smell. Sorta a woodsy, furniture polish, car polish, waxy smell. Whatever that is!
  5. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    It's their proprietary conversion varnish finish. (CV). Nothing quite like the smell of a brand-new Ric.
  6. 2nd Wind

    2nd Wind

    Aug 10, 2005
    Actually it is a combination of the glue used in the building of the hardshell cases and the Turtle Wax the factory uses to shine up the finishes.

    It comes in a can too - Ric-O-Smell. :bag:
  7. The rest of the world is right. We'll talk about anything! :p
  8. There's a strawberry-ish smell on a fireglo.

    My Midnight blue smelled of wet paint.
  9. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    Ten years on-The Smell Remains The Same-Jetglo smells of rock.
  10. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    El paso, TX
    My fireglow always smelled something between vanilla and womanhood, if that makes any sense at all!
  11. LCW

    LCW Banned

    Mar 2, 2009
    Yeah my uncle rents Rv's out , its his business and i work for him during the school year and everytime a RV comes back we clean it and spray it with the "new" smell.
  12. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    yup I know that smell well,wonderful and part of the ricky experience.
    A P-bass would smell nice in mint I think.
  13. Mo' Bass 00

    Mo' Bass 00

    Aug 15, 2006
    Maybe they should patent the smell and call it "Smell- glo"!:D
  14. 18eranaRic

    18eranaRic Banned

    Mar 7, 2009
    Malibu, USA
    unmistakable! Where there are dust flakes in the PU routing that have been sprayed over, you know the smell.
  15. Socalef9


    May 16, 2009
    im still waiting for mine to come in, when i get it, first thing im gonna do is open up the case and take a giant wiff and get high on ric!
  16. Strangely enough, I am pretty sure this has been brought up before. I agreed then and I agree now. The proprietary smell is often lost over time due to proprietary stipper perfume smell that accumulates on them from all the thrown panties.
  17. dave_p


    Dec 20, 2005
    mine smelled like its case
  18. pringlw


    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    It's crazy but its true. My 1980 4001 has a unique woody, smokey, earthy smell that none of my other basses have. I think it may be because the bridge pickup cavity is kind of exposed - with unvarnished wood being "open to the air" in the cavity space surrounding the pickup. At least for me - all my other basses have wood that is basically completely encased in varnish.
  19. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    ...and tastes like chicken.
  20. Kaivinkone


    Aug 7, 2008

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