for those of us who own Ricky basses

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  1. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I am the proud owner of a 78' pawn shop prize Ricky 4001 , Oh yeah , .......southpaw
    love this toy, sounds outstanding

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    today sweet water sent an article about the rickosound pickup split connection so I thought I would pass it on for those whom have had that question mark hanging over their heads .

    also there is rig rundown from chris Squire and Steve Howe that might be of interest to some

    enjoy

    www.sweetwater.com/insync/rickenbacker-what-is-rick-o-sound/?utm_content=article1-image&ut
     
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    Steve Holt Friend of Leo's

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    Here's my refinished 74 4001! As far as I can tell the original color was mapleglo. It was refinished with a darker crappier natural finish. And then I refinished it back to its original glory a few years back.
     
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    Steve Holt Friend of Leo's

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    i've always thought they are the coolest looking musical instrument of all. and i've always wanted one, but i've never even played one.

    seems like every local rock band i saw when i was a teenager used one.
     
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    My dream bass! I wish I bought a used one back in the '90's when I probably could afford it. Someday....
     
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    Weird that they use a righty neck on a lefty bass.
     
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    gorgeous ! ,
    I originally had a right handed black one that i got for 150.00 but sadly could not play so I ended up selling it , this one was hanging in a pawnshop 900.00 cdn, after I explained that that the pots crackled and only one pickup worked ( thank you Rickosound ) I got it with original case and documents for 500.00 cash
     
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    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Yes i thought so as well , so I went to the Rickenbacker site and found an article on how to tell if it is original and not an Ibanez copy with a ricky head plate , all the boxes were ticked , Whew!!!!!!!!
     
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    I love the way they look, and know that many great bass players play them successfully, but "almost" every local/regional bassist I see using one gets a horrible sound. Now, some of these guys would get a bad sound out of a 1959 P-Bass, but still??????? The guy I played with until recently (that's another story) played one, and it was the WORST, RATTLY sound you ever heard. I guess they work for some people.....not so much for others. ;)
     
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    these hold their value over time , but some times its the right place, right time , and correct pocket change. these do have a fine sound all their own .
     
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    its a matter of finding your place with one , and sticking with it the stereo pick up split alows for a separate amp for the neck and the bridge pickup therefore you can apply a fuzz to the bass pickup and a chorus to the neck pickup and blend those sounds for example

    these basses rock flat wound srings and are one of the only basses that use a perfectly flat neck
     
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    You point out something definitely important.....I prefer flats on both my P-Bass and my Hofner, yet many guys still go with round wound strings, and get an Entwhistle "grind" sound when they shouldn't.
     
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    now those basses are worth a fortune on the vintage market .
     
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    Groovy!
     
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    I had a 4003 years ago. It was one of finest instruments I’ve ever owned.
     
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    i used to get Labella black flat wound for all my basses but now they are hard to find ( at least for me so far) and when i do they are expensive .
     
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    Not a bass player but have always dug the 4001.Love the tone.Unaffordable anymore...
     
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    How’s the bridge?/general playability and user friendlyness?

    I’ve heard a lot that they are over engineered and look cool but the bridges/setting them up is finicky
     
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    My first real bass back in 94...a 77 black 4001 for $400 in a pawn shop. I put another 4001 on layaway a year later that was $650, but couldn’t make the payments:(

    I was a big Yes and Tool fan at the time, and I had to have a Ric. They never gave me that tone...it was always thin and underwhelming. So did an 81 4003 I bought later. Turns out, there’s a cap that cuts the lows. I didn’t know this until after I moved to Fender basses. I’d like to try one again because they are the coolest looking basses ever. But the P Bass has the goods for me and I am only owning one bass now that I’ve caught the guitar bug.
     
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    I will add that I bought a 3rd Ric in 2005...a new Mapleglo. Beautiful bass, and I put on some TI flats. Played many a gig with that bass doing classic country and some classic rock! But the P bass with flats...
     
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