Foolish Old Man

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Foolish Old Man

Postby FatherGino » Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:04 am

I went to GC yesterday to buy some picks. This is an experiment as I haven't used a pick in 35 years or so. I just happened to pass by the bass room and noticed a used Ric 4003 Fireglo there. I had noodled with one a few years ago on my pilgrimage to Bass Central and was unimpressed. This one felt and sounded very nice to me though. They want $1500 for it and they won't dicker. Some ebay research shows this price is not out of line. It's somewhat heavy at just north of 10 lbs. I presently have 3 basses and my gigging has dwindled to about once a month. I do not need this.

But...

Can't get it out of my head. I thought I had moved beyond such foolishness.
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby hmagman » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:28 am

GAS is good...never doubt it, buy it!
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby Mr. Mom » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:46 pm

New gear is fun. You like like to have fun, don'tcha??!!

Take it from a seasoned gear slut: Give a few days. if it's gone it's meant to be. if it's there it's meant to be.
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby Golem » Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:01 pm

Mr. Mom wrote:New gear is fun. You like like to have fun, don'tcha??!!

Take it from a seasoned gear slut: Give a few days. if
it's gone it's meant to be. if it's there it's meant to be.


Thaz exactly how I do it. Unfortunately, I have a taste
for the weird stuff, so waaaaay too often, no one else
comes along to save me from myself.

BTW, about Ric prices ... Parkway Music, 10 min north
of Albany NY, sells NEW Rics for a coupla hunnert more
than typical USED prices elsewhere, as in EVERYwhere
elsewhere. Rics that hang new in other shops at well
over $2000 sell at Parkway in the upper $'teens, which
as you've noticed is everyone else's USED prices. It's a
musician-owned shop, in case that matters, which it
very much DOES :-) Been around for decades, too. So,
no need to leap on a $1500 Ric at GC. When you, and
acoarst IF, you're every really in NEED of a Ric, just
call Parkway in Clifton Park NY. Tell them Golem sent
you [absolutely no business connection]. IIRC you live
about 2 1/2 hours east of Albany ?

Friends don't let friends shop at GC ;-)

You're welcome.

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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby FatherGino » Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:13 pm

So I bought the damn thing for $1400. They sell new ones for $1879. Too dumb and lazy to take a picture so here's a link:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Ricken ... 2720142.gc

I've wanted one for at least 10 years so I finally did it.
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby Mr. Mom » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:08 pm

Well, dang man.....You sound mad about it. You should be HAPPY! [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif]

Congrats on the new score! [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif] I've said it before in this short thread and elsewhere many, many times: New is gear is fun!!
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby Rob Francis » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:08 pm

Mr. Mom wrote:New gear is fun. You like like to have fun, don'tcha??!!

Take it from a seasoned gear slut: Give a few days. if it's gone it's meant to be. if it's there it's meant to be.


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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby Happy Face » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:09 pm

I's a unique sound.
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby Gil Escalera » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:03 pm

As we all know...

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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby GonzoBass » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:56 am

FatherGino wrote:I've wanted one for at least 10 years...


Well, Hell... that's reason enough right there.
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby FatherGino » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:59 pm

I guess I am a little pissed at myself for buying it. It was a total impulse buy. I have to admit that half of the reason for wanting one is that I think they look cool. But I'm gonna go through and get a genuine, professional set up and put TI flats on it which is what I've dreampt about for 10 years. It's on the heavy side too at 10+ pounds which goes against my more recent philosophy of lighter is better. I took it to a blues jam and played three songs with it Sunday about 5 hours after I took it home. It felt odd and alien but i realize I have to get used to it. Took me a solid year to get used to my 44-02 so this deserves a chance. That's my guilt trip though. That Lakland is so much more than I need and I do like it very much. Maybe this will be another voice that compels me. interesting to have a passive bass again after many years of Musicmen.
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby hmagman » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:45 pm

Enjoy! [smilie=food-smiley-004.gif]
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby 57RIP » Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:21 pm

I got the Ric bug awhile back... 2 words Wildwood Guitars... 4 more Hipshot bridge, mucho shielding...

Or in my case custom pickups... highly shielded single oil in the neck, humbucker in the bridge courtesy of Pete Biltoft at Vintage Vibe Guitars

4003SW. 8.4 lbs. Chromes


I gotta go listen to some Ace Of Spades ;-)
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby FatherGino » Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:47 am

I'm jealous of the 8.4 pounds. Maybe I should have waited (maybe another 10 years) Mine came with a Hipshot Bridge installed. Strangely, the previous owner installed the new bridge but seemingly never set the bass up worth a poop. The Nut is super high. GC said they couldn't lower the action any more because they didn't have the special Rickenbacker truss rod wrench (what's up with that for a RIc dealer?) They apparently responded by de-tuning it by a half step or so. I took it to a luthier who said he could not get the Ric wrench to fit into the truss rod cavity in the headstock. He's got to carve some wood out to get a wrench to grab the nuts. Hopefully this will not be a problem. I don't know about the shielding, I just don't have enough experience with it to know if it's really a problem or not. I'm not gonna go with any pickup swaps; I just don't enjoy that process. I'll either like it a is or swap it out for a P bass to put flats on :)

Now I just need a band to play it in. My present one is disintegrating at present after a 7 year run. Maybe I'll find a band that'll play "Ace of Spades". [smilie=fun_84.gif]
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby Smakbass » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:51 pm

Nice bass I am doing most of my playing these days on a custom pj5 passive bass with a pick been having a blast one of these could be fun....

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