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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, Apr 15, 2014.
For me playing a stock 4003 unmodified would be a total nightmare
You could build one from scratch for less.
Ask @Gilmourisgod for his hourly commitment on his build.
I am continually amazed at how many people do not include the value of their own time in calculations. Unless someone enjoys building/modifying musical instruments, the time spent is part of the cost.
I don't build anymore, and why? Because I had kids. That's when making shavings in the basement stopped meaning as much to me as playing with the kiddos. I still miss building, though. But even if you enjoy the process, it's still time away from other things you enjoy.
I had plans to build a replica of a 1969 Sunn cab. I had acquired JBL K140s with original cones, had found the actual plans, then had to abandon the idea. I sold the drivers at a profit however. The time commitment was just too much for me, as I've done lots of cab builds before, but I just don't have the time anymore. Rather be doing something else!
It took me four years to build the Hossenfeffer I, and probably 2 years for the HF II. This is weekend work with some long hiatus due to life, discouragement, saving money for tools and supplies, etc, I deliberately avoided keeping track of individual hours, let’s call it “lots”. What I learned was deep admiration for anybody capable of doing it in less time with fewer mistakes, in other words, a pro Luthier. The economics of custom bass builds are brutal, not many people willing to pay what amounts to minimum wage for something that might take 60 hours to build and finish. Even in the factory setting, Rics take longer to build and require more fussy handwork than most mass produced basses. Given their huge backlog, I’m not sure mass produced is even the right word, more like semi-custom shop. It’s easy to look at that custom Ric build and say “too much!”. Walk a day in their shoes (or mine) and see what you think then!
The Hossenfeffer Bass Build
The Hossenfeffer II Build
I spent three months building mine. I do enjoy the building process, but even factoring in the cost of my own labor time, it was a steal of a deal!
Nice, should've kept the one I had!
I REALLY enjoy it, if I thought I could make enough of a living at it to keep up with college tuition, I'd do it full time, but as a hobby, I probably making an inverse minimum wage, it costs me that much per hour to build basses. Beats gambling on Fantasy Football, I guess, everybody needs a hobby.
Probably best to keep it a hobby. Nothing sucks the joy out of an activity you love like making it a job.
Thank you my brother.
I hate to say it but it plays and sounds better than my 4003S IMHO.
Seems a halfway measure to me.
OTOH, no copyright infringement issues this way.
AFAIK Ric tried to sue Hipshot for some kind of trade dress infringement, and lost, I can't see how this one would have any problem. The idea looks sound, but the saddles are the typically over-massive castings you see on all Babicz bridges, and they might have to tone it down on the giant logo they tend to slap on everything. Kudos for trying, anyway, wish Ric would take on a redesign that retains the look of the old bridge, but more adjustable.
i can say full contact rickenbacker bass bridge
On the topic of bridges, how is everyone’s experience palm muting the stock rick bridge?
I appreciate the innovation, don’t really understand why it necessary, but nonetheless I always enjoy seeing new mod options. A bridge where you could tighten up string spacing would be ideal.