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Old 10-13-2019, 08:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Nothing sounds like a rick, that's for sure.

Enjoy dude.
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Old 10-15-2019, 01:51 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I love the shape of Rickenbackers. They're definitely love/hate, but I'm square in the former category. I personally much prefer full scale basses. I tried the short scale thing, and it felt kinda off to me. But the vintage 4001's definitely have a sound. Their neck pickup is POWERFUL. What my P-Bass aspires to be. But the bridge pickup is puny. Apparently there's a capacitor in the circuit for some reason that robs the low end from the bridge pickup.
If it wasn't vintage, I'd experiment with that capacitor a little, then. Or maybe it's a way to balance sound before onboard EQs became a thing.
And they're oddly ugly in an endearing way.

I'm just partial to my short-scales. I wholeheartedly promote my Ibanez Mikro; it's a shame they don't make an upscale version, because it's surprisingly popular to build up if you want to.
Like them enough I still have my 4-string, and had a 5 until I needed money more than a string I rarely use and had trouble replacing.
I have hands that fit 'medium' gloves, learned on guitar, and play with a pick. Shame they're tougher to set up to slap (lower string tension), and my traditionalist friends hate that a bass solo might include power chords and pinch harmonics.
If I had my workshop, I'd put serious consideration into getting another and adding a two-way tremolo bar. Because why not.

But if Rickenbacker made a scale 30" or shorter? I'd be chomping at the bit to at least try it. Since you like basses the way they're 'supposed' to be, you got yourself a heck of a keeper!
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Old 10-15-2019, 03:30 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You, good sir, need to look into the Fender Bass VI.
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nice whats it sound like? and what do you play?
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Old 10-15-2019, 06:23 PM   #15 (permalink)
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You, good sir, need to look into the Fender Bass VI.
Without further hijacking the thread, if I get the chance to try one, I'll make a point of it.
It doesn't sound as useful since I get planted firmly in bass territory--and I love the feel of my Ibanez--and the higher strings would cross over, but one of the guys I occasionally jam does some more prog stuff, and I'm sure he could suggest some good use for it.
Or maybe if I found strings to nudge it a step down to fill in space around what that 5-string did...
Now I'm thinking too much about that.
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:49 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Oh please, hijack away. I love talking gear.

As for what I play, man, I can't answer that. I'm not in a band, so I just pursue what interests me for the day. Funk, punk, rock, country... it can change.

Also, there's something about a Ricky that demands it be played with a pick. It's just mean. I really dig this machine.
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:56 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Chris Squire played the same one of these for 50 years, on every Yes record Iím pretty sure. Clearly youíll never need anything more.
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:53 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Well, generally I see these with a pickup cover. That always looks like it would get in the way of pick playing.
Of course, unless I'm focusing otherwise, I tend to play just below the bridge pickup anyway. It does tend to affect the sound when I really get at it, but it also lets me palm mute easily.
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Well, Chris Squre removed the goofy guard and then put it back later in life. He almost always used a pick.

Peter Hook used one for a while and he he also always uses a pick but his was probably a later model like this one that never had the guard.
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This one did indeed have a guard, but it was taken off at some point in its past. It's now got a gaping chasm around the bridge pup, but there's a company that makes bezels to fill that void. I'm going to grab one of those soon, as I don't really want a guard on it.
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