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Incoming! (rickenbacker 4001v63 Pr0n Alert)

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by DiMarco, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. DiMarco

    DiMarco nutcase Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Picking up this beauty on monday evening. What do you think?


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    Currently the electronics in it are being upgraded to original sixties specs, using new old stock caps etc. It will growl and snarl like nothing else.

    Some of my other basses will come up for sale later this week. The Warwick will have to go, so will the Zon.
     
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    Damn!! That is beautiful!!
     
  3. Henrythe8

    Henrythe8 Dolphin Hoarder

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    OK, so it's a black Rick.


    :)
    Well scored, you love those.
    Me too, but can't make them sing.
     
  4. Hardy

    Hardy Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Nice one! But honestly: I would have grabbed one of the new "stealth" Rics. No ideal about the price of them.

    Good deal I hope?
     
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  5. Nachobassman

    Nachobassman Bass, Tapas, and Rn´R!

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    Ohh mamma!


    Question: the "v63" moniker means that bass is "like a '63" Ric or is it actually a '63 Ric?
    Because it looks super clean for a 53 y/o bass.
     
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  6. Hector

    Hector Moderator Staff Member

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    nice bass!!!


    Although, secretly, I was hoping it was a "guitar" and not a bass....
    ;)
     
  7. DiMarco

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    The v63 is a reissue model that they sold for a while of the early sixties Rickenbacker RM1999 bass, which was cheaper and simpler (no bindings, simple dot inlays, no stereo output) then the 4001.
    Physically it is the exact same model that McCartney, Entwistle and Squire were playing back in those days.

    Compared to the current 4003 model it has the neck pickup positioned closer to the neck (half an inch instead of one inch) and the horseshoe magnet style bridge pickup.
    The neck pickup is a "toaster" style pickup with 6 poles. It is wound differently from the current bass toaster pickup Rickenbacker are selling as a replacement and sounds more clear and open.

    The electronics being upgraded means it will sport more of the late sixties and early seventies prog rock tone I am looking for. Less dampened in the treble and snarling like a mad dog. I'm thrilled that I found and scored it.
     
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    Nachobassman Bass, Tapas, and Rn´R!

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    You and your new Ric have been mentioned by RickenbackerFarm (instagram). :)
     
  9. Florin

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    COngratuations, Marco it is a beautiful bass. Of course, no sound clips, no snarl!
     
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    Congrats man,

    The only Rick I ever played had a shocking high action and fat fat strings which hurt my poor supple fingers :(

    But I won't judge them by that experience

    I'm sure they are killer!!
     
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    This '63 reissue was built in 2000. The action on it is nice and low. Sounds more agressive then ordinary 4003 models, almost as if you have an overdrive pedal when you dig in.

    I mostly play it with a pick.
     
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    Billy Sheehan is onto this type of tone, he always cuts thru very well.
     
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    nice!!!!!!
     
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    What I think? It's a piece of art! Play it loud!
    The Rickenbackers 4001V63 are the best kept secret of RIC.
     
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    This bass has become my main 4 string axe for some time now. I play mostly rock music that a P bass would fit nicely into. The Ric is more lively and has better low end then a P though, and of course is more growly. Some covers we play in this band are from black crowes, biffy clyro, muse, radiohead, jeff buckley and beatles.

    I use a P bass or Zon Sonus (which can do a more clear and articulate version of P tone and has a low B) if slapping is reqd in this setting. When more polished and tight modern tone is needed I grab the Sonus Special, which somewhat resembles a Thumb bass.

    No more Warwick for now. Might get one again in the future. Haven't owned an Infy or Katana yet. Curiosity will at some point push me.
     
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    A couple of weeks ago I dreamt that I purchased a late model 4003 Fireglo-
    (I guess that’s a bad sign?)

    Beautiful bass you have there by the way-

    Here’s a cool video of a black one being put to good use-


     
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    Ahh spacehog. One of my all time favourite tunes. Good find Ecto
     
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    When I hear Ric I always think of Roundabout....man what a great song!

    I think it is one of biggest songs to let people know bassist are such a huge part of music



    Well crap....that won't play

    How about this one

     
  19. DiMarco

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    Try Heart of the Sunrise and Starship Trooper as well. Such awesome tracks!
     
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    I like the Yes stuff-- if I'm not mistaken, Chris was given to using tremolo on Starship Trooper.

    My fave ric song would be Xanadu by Rush off the Farewell to Kings album. Though the vid features Geddy playing a custom doubleneck, I believe used a 4001 on the studio recording.



    What I find intriguing is that that distinctive ric tone is very similar between the Rush songs and Yes, given that Lemmy's and McCartney's sound were quite a bit different. Perhaps it was the context of the genres, prog rock vs hard rock and pop.
     
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