MickeyOne wrote:The problem with Rics for me is they play great but sound terrible.
Very comfortable neck (33.25" scale) but pickups are weak and LACK bottom.
I was reminded of this last week when I tried a used '79 FireGlo which ontop of the usual needed a fret Job-which are like $4-500 on these.
I have heard that Rickenbacker put in a resistor or transistor or something which removes bass (because amps back then could not handle the bottom end) and that this can be easily bypassed.
Has anyone tried this or played a Rick with this mod?
I still have limited experience with this thing but so far for me it's somewhat hard to play but sounds great. I've got TI flats on it which I've used for years on fretless basses so I'm used to the low tension thing. Its got a nice round fat sound that is still nicely articulated. The neck PU is real weak but it does add some beef to the sound. I haven't messed with playing just the neck PU, but you'd have to crank the hell out of the amp to do it
I find the pickup surround on the bridge PU is annoying even though I have the cover off and the aftermarket thumbrest/fill-up-the hole thing. Seems like the string spacing is the same at the nut and the bridge which just seems odd to me but I guess one would get used to it.
I have the push pull bass roll off thing which can supposedly make it sound like the original 4001. Seems useless to me but I don't want to sound like Squire or Geddy. To me the thing sounds almost Stingray like but not as aggressive. It can get a good snarl going if you dig in a little though I find you can only dig so much with the TI flats before they sound like crap.
I'm probably going to play it a couple of times next month when I'm subbing in an old school soul band next month. I may take my Lakland as well though just in case. I'm looking forwaed to giving the Ric another whirl or two. I'm looking forward to it.