The new Rickenbacker basses.

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prowlaprowla Frets: 863
So, folks - Rickenbacker have listened to the public and have new 5-string basses...

Take a swig of something strong before you look at them!
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  • AlexCAlexC Frets: 1267
    Got a link? the ones I’m seeing just look like regular Rickenbacker basses with 5 strings!
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 2807
    AlexC said:
    Got a link? the ones I’m seeing just look like regular Rickenbacker basses with 5 strings!
    +1

    The Cheyenne only with a bubinga fingerboard rather than rosewood and the pickup covers are all black with no metal casing.


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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 6824
    I feel the warm, healing, liquid presence of God’s genuine cold-filtered grace. 
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12806
    The red one looks best.

    Need to see them in blue burst.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 30913
    The black one looks best, partly because you can't see the bridge pickup as easily, and partly because black :).

    They would all look better with the pickups angled the other way with the bridge-side edge at right angles to the strings, and the Rick triangle fingerboard inlays.

    And one less string.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1565
    I don't think the Hall family will have to consult their lawyers for MIC replicas for these new instruments.
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 2807
    edited January 25
    ICBM said:
    one less string.
    I realise that this comment was made (partly) in jest but it raises a void point.

    One of the sounds for which Ric 4000 family bass guitars are best known is kinda clanky and not exactly over-endowed in really low frequency content. Taking this sound another four semitones lower seems somewhat pointless. 

    A more interesting development, perhaps, would be along the lines of Cliff Burton's modified example.
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  • martmart Frets: 2631
    At least they’ve got a sensible looking bridge. I can’t find much else positive to say.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 30913
    ICBM said:
    one less string.
    I realise that this comment was made (partly) in jest but it raises a void point.

    One of the sounds for which Ric 4000 family bass guitars are best known is kinda clanky and not exactly over-endowed in really low frequency content. Taking this sound another four semitones lower seems somewhat pointless.
    Partly true, at least for the bridge pickup, but you may be surprised how deep and bassy-sounding the neck pickup is. I would actually think that the issue for a 5-string might be that it isn’t clear enough, rather than not deep enough.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 863
    These are prototypes, I think, so we'll see what makes it out into the world.

    My opinion is that they are pretty cool and I have to say that Ric were a bit radical in making those pickups.

    I'm also a 5-string fan.

    On the minus side, the neck is thicker, I don't think the pickguard suits, the bridge is a cop-out, and they shouldn't be 4003 models.

    I'd like to try one.
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  • Think they're going to suffer from a touch of fish/fowl syndrome on these. Not close enough to the traditional styling for the old-school players and not modern enough for everyone else. I'd have lost the pickguard and gone for something more like the Cheyenne. Bet they're still going to sell every one they make though!
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2127
    Weird. Perhap the models with shark fin fret markers are going to have round pickups.
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 2807
    borntohang said:
    they're still going to sell every one they make though!
    UK dealer order waiting list is already well over twelve months. 
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  • prowla said:
    The fact that they look a completely different shape in the reflection in the mirror behind makes them pretty cool ;)
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 2585
    edited January 26
    I like em, but then again I'm not a typical Rickenbacker customer.
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  • I have a 4003 thats about 12 years old now and I love Ric basses.  These however, i'm not a fan of.  Firstly I do like the dot inlays and the lack of binding - its what I imagine McCartney's looked like mid sanding...beyond that i'm not a fan of the pickup shape, the bridge is just wrong and the pickguard seems very odd around the lower horn in particular.  I commend them for doing something more contemporary but hopefully they refine them a bit more for production cause they look a bit bolted together from spare parts at the moment.
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  • MartinBMartinB Frets: 172
    edited January 30
    I like the look of them.  I started playing bass on an Ibanez Ric copy, so I know I like the style and body proportions, and there are a few Ric players whose sounds I love.  But I like to palm mute, often rest my thumb and prefer 5 strings, so one of these might tick those boxes.  I won't be able to afford one though! 
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2127
    edited January 30
    5 strings look wrong on that design. Would probably work better on the newer Cheyenne model. And that bridge makes them look like cheap Chinese knockoffs.
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  • Musicman20Musicman20 Frets: 378
    There is a Sound Affects demo online of them. Whilst I am spoilt by the monster clear and defined tight B string of Musicman, the Ric 5 sounds like a Ric 5 should in the video (once the amp is sorted).
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  • Paul_CPaul_C Frets: 4031

    I'd like a 4 string version of the one in Fireglo, 5 strings are an abomination*













    *for me, if you like them then that's ok :)
    CEO ACME Moats Inc.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 30913
    absolutpepper said:

    the pickguard seems very odd around the lower horn in particular.  
    I think the corner radius is too large - they seem to change the shape of the 4003 guard every now and again for no good reason, and although subtle, some of the changes make them quite ugly.


    I commend them for doing something more contemporary
    I really don't think they need to, to be honest. I know we always go on about how conservative musicians are and that companies need to innovate, but do they? RIC can sell every instrument they make anyway, and the existing designs are classics.

    I'd actually rather see them refine and improve the existing designs slightly and get rid of some of the minor flaws - in particular, the lack of hum-cancelling pickups (the 4003 is almost unique among professional-quality basses in not having any hum cancellation as standard, and this can be an issue in some venues) and the tendency of the vintage tailpiece to 'tail lift'.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • proggyproggy Frets: 1645
    They've been spoilt by those horrible looking pickups. Shame.
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 2807
    ICBM said:
     I know we always go on about how conservative musicians are
    prowla said:
    they shouldn't be 4003 models.
    I agree that these new offerings should have their own distinct model name/number.

    The Ric 4000/4001/4003 has been with us for over half a century. Its sounds are a point of reference. This is the argument for remaining consistent to the specification that yields those sounds.

    Not for the first time, Rickenbacker has issued a trade show prototype to gauge market reaction. It is not necessarily how the product will be if/when if it is put into full production.

    Remember the 4002 bass? Perhaps not. The prototype looked fantastic. The production version looked naff.
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  • SchnozzSchnozz Frets: 448
    edited February 9
    Leave 5/6 strings to Ken Smith and MTD etc I say, Precision and 4001/3 Basses should remain with 4 strings.

    Preferably in Metallic or Fireglo finishes.
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