I got my first one in 1973, a February 1967 4005WB in Jetglo (one of only two I know of in factory original JG). Since that time, I have owned a lot of Rick basses (and quite a few Rick guitars, too, even an acoustic). Currently I am down to just two special 4004 Laredo models.
Post by rickyguitar on Jan 4, 2020 23:14:45 GMT -5
I knew a couple guys who had 4001's. I think they are exceptional sounding bass guitars. There is a depth to it i haven't heard on any other bass. I dont know what they cost then or what a 4003 costs but am guessing there are darn pricey.
I'm thinking about the 4003s/5, the new Ric 5er. Anyone had a chance to try one?
I have a new walnut one, early days but I’m really liking it so far. Here’s a crappy pic:
These come with white TRCs and PGs, and I don’t care for that look. (I have a 650C guitar that I replaced the chrome PG with black, and really like the look.) The new black TRC is a Chinese knockoff; when I had the black PG made I also ordered a second without the neck pickup hole. I want to make a second wiring harness to turn this into a single pickup bass, which is my preference.
The first bass I played regularly back in the late 70s was my friend’s father’s 4001. When I got back into playing twenty years ago, I found a beat up 1980 4001 in Azureglo at a local pawn. I loved that bass, but after I transitioned exclusively to 5 strings it never got any play so it was sold off. (Plus, I could never put the high tension flats I prefer on that skinny neck.) When the new 4003S/5 was released, I started paying attention - and the walnut model is what pushed me over the edge.
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My youngest brother used to have the Yamaha "lawsuit" bass. Looked just like a Ric 4001. Or 4003. Then our other now-deceased brother actually had a real Ric bass. Don't know the whereabouts of his instruments.
I love a nice Ric . Have two , a later 4001 and a set neck 4000 . The necks are a beautiful thing , I never had any complaints about binding or hard edges , love the sound of them . Both of mine are set to thump and are strung with TI flats . I bypassed the 0047 cap on the 4001 , other than that they're stock , and will remain so . I tend to gig with other basses these days , but I do love a good Ric . Beautiful things !
I've got a 4003 in Montezuma Brown, the 'colour of the year' some time in the 90s I think. It is such a beautifully made, nicely balanced bass. I'm not a huge fan of treble-ish clanky bass tones so I dial this in to be closer to my old school Motown type sound.