Foolish Old Man

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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby FatherGino » Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:54 pm

So I fulfilled my dream of playing the flatwound equipped Ric at my band's farewell performance. It was really quite nice actually. I've used TI flats on fretless basses for years but never on a fretted bass. Actually I tried them on my 44-02 but didn't like them. The ric is round, fat and thumpy with a top end snap that keeps it nicely articulated. Also a pleasant snarl can be had if you dig in just enough. It took some getting used to with the strings being so close together over the pick-ups. Even though this Ric came with the third party bridge pick-up hole filler, the thing is somewhat of an ergonomic nightmare with that gigantic bezel. Overall it was a very positive experience though. It's not a one trick pony tone wise. And it just looks so cool.

Now I just need a band to play it in.
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby MickeyOne » Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:09 pm

Thought I had tackled GAS, too. Two years and no major purchases. Happy with my little G&L/PBass foursome. I stopped looking at Craigslist (except for the personals) and even had a long hiatus from that other place.

Then I refinanced and came into some money. There was that 5 string Bob Mick I hadn't seen for 2 years, which I don't need. Instead of solving the problem it was like pouring fire on gasoline. It was followed by a bad fretless experiment another cheap P and this week a travel bass.

There is a reason alcoholics say they are recovering and not recovered.
One can always be caught on the blindside.

"One more bass is too many, and a hundred are not enough." Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend (edited)
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby GonzoBass » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:32 am

MickeyOne wrote:There is a reason alcoholics say they are recovering and not recovered.
One can always be caught on the blindside.

"One more bass is too many, and a hundred are not enough." Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend (edited)


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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby Golem » Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:37 pm

A wise man once said ... well, OK, he said it over and
over, but "once said" is the standard opener ...

OK. Take 2:

A wise man once said "Too many basses is never enuf".




Acoarst this wise man had never met Bruce's wife :-)

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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby GonzoBass » Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:25 am

She: How many damn basses do you need?
He: Just one more.
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Steinberger XP2 Workhorse (DB Bridge)
Steinberger XP2 (B-E-A-D)
Steinberger XP2A (Back Up)
Wilkat GonzoBass #001
Fender Deluxe 24 Fret Jazz
EBMM Stingray Natural/Maple
Xavier Custom 6 String
Ibanez AEB10K Acoustic
Dean Rhapsody 8 String
Carvin BK2A Fretless
Gibson EB3 (Project)
Epiphone Newport EBS
Synsonic Half Scale
Fender Mandolin
A couple Flea Ukuleles
and a few guitars...

Rigs:
Small-
GK MB112 combo
Medium-
GK MB500
GK 2x10 Neo
Large-
GK 1001 Mark II 2x10 combo
GK 1x15 RBS

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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby FatherGino » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:54 pm

Well I got 4 now plus the one crazy electric upright (which I know Golem still lusts after) and no band. However I just found out that I might be in contention to be sub bass player for a local southern soul band. Not too many of them here in Connecticut. So who knows, maybe I really can play "Ace of Spades" on a flatwound Ric in the near future [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif]
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby Golem » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:09 pm

FatherGino wrote:Well I got 4 now plus the one crazy electric upright (which
I know Golem still lusts after) and no band. ..........


FYI FWIW BTW OMFG, Golem bought an Eminence EURB
last year, which prolly weighs about half what your truly
intriguing but not quite lustworthy mama weighs. Gotta
admit, the Eminence aint no trophy wife neither, but at
least I can actually bring her out to play and still have
room in the hoopty for the Diva and her KB ;-)

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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby AchimII » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:49 am

First...there is nothing wrong lustering for a fireglo Ric. It's a natural step on the way to grow up.

I had never touched a real one (aside from a bolt-on cheap japanese copy and a modified-to-death unplayable Ric monster in a shop) when I came across an offer in the Pit's gear section in 2005. I didn't ask my wife 'if', I just told her I 'will' buy it, even if it would end up as a wallhanger in the living room. 2003 Fireglo, a steal compared to yours, even more with the Euro exchange rate back then. It shows up as a like-new one, all original incl. case. Btw, this was the first bass my wife actually liked...

Instead in the living room, this one became the wallhanger in our practice room, as my bandmates liked the tone and the hard-to-slap design [smilie=icon_biggrin.gif]

I took off the bridge PU cover, but was afraid to cut my thumb nail into the PU wire sooner or later. So I bought a neck PU frame from ebay, and our guitarplayer glued it on the bridge PU with silicone. He told me that might stay there for a week or forever, he can't tell. In 2016, I had to work with silicone in our kitchen, so I saw that the silicone had become loose after 11 years. I took it off, cleaned it and glued it on again. I'll check again in 2027...

I know there are over covers around, but to me this is the most organic solution, and it works perfectly well if you rest your thumb on the bridge PU.

Beside this, I have the unfamous midnight blue one, and on both there was no need for my luthier to cut out any wood to adjust. To be true, these are the first basses where I never setup the neck on my own, even tho the stories about neck setup on Rics seems to be about the older versions.

So, enjoy your Ric...
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby Rob Francis » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:47 pm

That's a sweet looking bass too.
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby bdgotoh » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:27 am

Nice to see people here warming up to Ric basses. I go through periods where I don't have any, then I find one I can't pass up. I have 3 right now...
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby Golem » Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:51 am

I admire Sir Paul's ability to make a Ric sound
like a bass ... a trick which always eluded me.

I even tried a Ric FL but to noah vale. Acoarst
it had a clear epoxy on the FB that appeared
to be a mile deep, and that will brighten up a
bass a lot more than my ears would prefer :-(

I'm not anti-Ric at all, but I always find Rics to
be anti-Golem every time I try one.

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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby Flash » Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:39 pm

bdgotoh wrote:Nice to see people here warming up to Ric basses. I go through periods where I don't have any, then I find one I can't pass up. I have 3 right now...


Here's the thing with Rics - 99% of them are terrible but now and then you pick up one that's amazing. I've had the chance to play hundreds of them. I've picked up three that I liked. And those three were amazing.
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby MickeyOne » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:17 am

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?
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby AchimII » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:21 pm

MickeyOne wrote:The problem with Rics for me is they play great but sound terrible.
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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?

The newer ones since 2005 or so have a push/pull knob so you can compare easily. The 'traditional' setting sounds thin to me. That said, I have never played an old one.
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Re: Foolish Old Man

Postby MickeyOne » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:38 am

Agreed and how does the bypass setting sound?

Also the new ones don't feel as comfortable to me.
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