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  • FreebirdFreebird Frets: 964
    edited July 4
    rico said:
    I picked up a Squier Jazz for £100. End thread. Expect thread on topic of how to play this odd four stringed guitar. 
    Enjoy it!

    In the event of a fire, my P-Bass is the first guitar I would grab, and I only got it on a whim. I had no idea how to play it, but you soon get into it.

    Try searching on YouTube for isolated bass tracks.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32835
    Rics are shite basses anyway. Every note is a dull thud with no midrange to define it. If you played one fret up or down it wouldn't matter so long as you played your dull thud at the same time as the kick drum.
    Assuming this isn't some oblique attempt at humour...

    Have you ever played one, or even heard one?

    Bridgehouse said:

    Steady now, you’ll go upsetting our in house guru ;)
    Not upset, but from that description I would say he can't have, since it's the diametric opposite of what a Rick bass sounds like - unless you're using flatwounds and the mute.

    Laughable either way!
    "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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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3327
    ICBM said:
    flatwounds and the mute ...
    ... on the fretless version. ;)


    Even as a 4001 owner, I can see both sides of the RIC argument. Some things about them are arcane and/or annoying. On the other hand, they produce some sounds that nothing else can.

    Whether those sounds are desirable is entirely subjective. 

    One thing that I will say in favour of the 4001 is that it forced me to overcome my reluctance to play bass with a plectrum. The transient attack is often part of the sound. 
    "It's no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue."
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9002
    @ICBM heard plenty and don't like them. never wanted to play one.
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32835
    edited July 5
    @ICBM heard plenty and don't like them. never wanted to play one.
    That's fair enough, but you're utterly wrong in your description of the sound, which just comes across as ignorant.

    If you'd said you hated them because they're all midrange clank, slightly dirty-sounding and don't have the smooth, piano-like sustain of a Precision I would think you just liked a different sound from me, which is fine. But they're absolutely *not* dull-sounding with no midrange or note definition.

    Listen to Chris Squire, for one...
    "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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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15719
    I personally don’t like them because

     they're all midrange clank, slightly dirty-sounding and don't have the smooth, piano-like sustain of a Precision 

    :D

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32835
    I personally don’t like them because
     they're all midrange clank, slightly dirty-sounding and don't have the smooth, piano-like sustain of a Precision 
    :D
    You see, that's a fair comment :). It's exactly why I like them of course ;). (And actually, the neck pickup will do a smoother sound, although it never has the punch and definition of a P-Bass.)
    "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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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2421
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15719
    ICBM said:
    I personally don’t like them because
     they're all midrange clank, slightly dirty-sounding and don't have the smooth, piano-like sustain of a Precision 
    :D
    You see, that's a fair comment :). It's exactly why I like them of course ;). (And actually, the neck pickup will do a smoother sound, although it never has the punch and definition of a P-Bass.)
    You should hear the ACG now I’ve put the p-retro active circuit in - boost the midrange and sweep the frequency knob, and add a dash of bright and it goes all Ric on me ;)
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15719
    JezWynd said:
    These bass rivalries can be more heated than the tonewood, vintage and dealer threads combined :)
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9002
    ICBM said:
    @ICBM heard plenty and don't like them. never wanted to play one.
    That's fair enough, but you're utterly wrong in your description of the sound, which just comes across as ignorant.

    If you'd said you hated them because they're all midrange clank, slightly dirty-sounding and don't have the smooth, piano-like sustain of a Precision I would think you just liked a different sound from me, which is fine. But they're absolutely *not* dull-sounding with no midrange or note definition.

    Listen to Chris Squire, for one...
    Never liked Chris Squire's sound. If that's typical Rickenbacker it would be a good reason to dislike Rickenbackers.

    Having said that, all I can tell you about the sound I've heard from people playing Rickenbackers in live bands is ... a dull thud with no midrange or note definition. Sorry if you don't like the way my ears work.
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • SchnozzSchnozz Frets: 627
    ICBM said:
    @ICBM heard plenty and don't like them. never wanted to play one.
    That's fair enough, but you're utterly wrong in your description of the sound, which just comes across as ignorant.

    If you'd said you hated them because they're all midrange clank, slightly dirty-sounding and don't have the smooth, piano-like sustain of a Precision I would think you just liked a different sound from me, which is fine. But they're absolutely *not* dull-sounding with no midrange or note definition.

    Listen to Chris Squire, for one...
    Never liked Chris Squire's sound. If that's typical Rickenbacker it would be a good reason to dislike Rickenbackers.

    Having said that, all I can tell you about the sound I've heard from people playing Rickenbackers in live bands is ... a dull thud with no midrange or note definition. Sorry if you don't like the way my ears work.
    I'd use that description for a Hofner, but I love the Rickenbacker tone! I just can't play them.
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