Ok, so this is potentially a blatant invitation for the Rickenbacker bass fundamentalists (& mentalists) to come out of the woods with their pointed sticks & call 'heresy!' on the whole debate.
But... at a grand a pop, this is pretty much a bass i am never going to own, & yet i am very curious about what i might be able to do with that sound, within the scope of the musical (& non-musical) things i like to do.
So i am working on the principle that while arguments (valid/invalid) can & will be made about specifications particular to the Ricky basses that will hold water, there will equally always be scope to locate a non-Ricky bass at a desired point along a spectrum of tones, ranging from 'sounding nothing like a RIcky' to 'sounding a lot like a Ricky'.
So rather like going to the opticians to have your eyes tested for new glasses ("is this better with? or without?") can anyone suggest a prescription suited to addressing this challenge.
For example, if we were talking guitars then something like a jangle box & a TC liverpool would be useful if you were searching for that classic 1960s 12string 'beat explosion' Rickenbacker sound.
As far as i know, no such one-stop stompbox exists for emulating the Ricky bass sound, but it may be a case that such a box does exist but it is just not being marketed for that purpose.
Anyway, assuming a modest young bedroom bassist's budget (Squires not Fenders, sub £100 non-boutique pedals, one amp not multiple) what would you suggest?
hofner hussie & hayman harpie. what she said...