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SOLD The Sea Nymph Rickenbacker

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by bovinehost, Oct 21, 2019.


  1. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Price:
    2000.00
    Strings:
    4
    Location:
    Texas
    One of a kind? Well, YEAH. Look at it.

    The bass itself is a 1982 transition-era 4003 with a two piece pickguard. The truss rods are bottom adjustable and were custom made for this particular bass.

    The neck pickup is a 1970s era Hi-Gain (11.3k). In the bridge is a Lollar/Aiello Neodymium “H-Shoe” pickup – the last one they ever made.

    It has the original 4001 mono circuit circa 1960 (or Rose Morris export), a Switchcraft 3 way switch and a Switchcraft ¼ jack.

    CTS 250K volume and tone pots, Weber .047 oil-in-poly capacitors and 1950s-1960s Belden braid-shielded wire (vintage Gibson type).

    Hardware: the bridge is the original 1982 Rickenbacker with blued allen-head adjustment screws, and the tailpiece is the original 1982 6 screw type.

    The truss rod cover & pickguards are custom made in clear plexiglass. The tuners are Hipshot ultralites with clover keys. The nut is vintage unbleached cow bone/macassar ebony. It comes with Dunlop strap buttons.

    The finish is done with Winsor & Newton type AA lightfast Alkyd pigments over white shellac base, sealed with two light coats of clear shellac, then 9 light coats of McFadden Nitrocellulose lacquer. The design and finish was done by Corey Keller in the forests near Santa Cruz, California.

    The neck shaft is 10 coats of hand-buffed Birchwood-Casey gunstock oil and the fingerboard is the existing poly from an earlier refinish.

    Comes with a banged up, period-correct HSC.

    I can explain some of the art concepts but I’d rather you make up your own story. I'll upload some more photos in a bit but here's one of just the front of the instrument. The back and the headstock are also custom art and include such things as Maxwell's Silver Hammer and etc.
    rickenbacker.
     
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  2. You can't just leave us hanging with a single photo of a bass like this.

    Good luck with the sale!
     
  3. GentProvocateur

    GentProvocateur Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2014
    Nashville, TN
    ditto to the above comment. More! Really wish I had $2K lying around
     
  4. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    WOW!!! I love the art concept! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Someone needs to paint me a 4003s or 4004 like that (Rickenbacker hard edge binding kills my wrist, and I am not falling for that again...) :)
     
  5. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    Trip-Glo
     
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  6. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Photos!
     

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  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    I take it these are the "sandwich" construction shoes?

    Detail pics of that pickup, please. :cool:
     
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  8. JKB1957

    JKB1957

    Jul 18, 2015
    That is one pretty RIC! Good luck with the sale.
     
  9. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    pickup1. pickup2.
     
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  10. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Now you know a lot more about it than I do, surely, Jeff. Sorry about the crud on the chrome; it's been in the case since around 2008 or so. I will polish it up shortly.
     
  11. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    No worries on the crud; it just makes it look more authentically 1960s-like. :D

    Thanks for posting those pics. I had only had the opportunity to check a bass out with those early Lollars HS PUs, once, back in 2005. It was on a '67 4001S that a guy I knew had, but it never got plugged in to hear what they're like, unfortunately.
     
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  12. raal

    raal Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Minneapolis / St Paul
    Usually not into art guitars or basses but this one is really tastefully done IME.
     
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  13. Wow that is really cool.
     
  14. CGramazio

    CGramazio www.freebassing.com Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Gilbert, AZ
    I love it. So cool.
     
  15. Happy Face

    Happy Face Supporting Member

    May 3, 2007
    Portland, Maine
    Wish I had seen that before it sold!
     
  16. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Me too!
     
  17. CGramazio

    CGramazio www.freebassing.com Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Gilbert, AZ
    I see this is on sale at Chicago Music Exchange now.
     

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