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On 28/02/2019 at 21:33, Meddle said:

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My 2009 4003 bass. This has been a massive modding project.

I bought the bass on Ebay, from a seller who was selling all their possessions to go around the world teaching folk to paraglide. 

I made the pickguard myself, pickups are JBE/ Joe Bardens,  I've fitted a Tubeampology bezel, used a Retrovibe carriage on the bridge pickup, stripped the factory varnish and applied Danish Oil finish, installed a Rickysounds bone nut and knobs.

The inside of the bass was also fully shielded while I was in there:

 

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Nice shielding job!

I'm really interested to hear how you get on with the Joe Bardens; do they sounds very similar to the original pickups?

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8 hours ago, Jus Lukin said:

Nice shielding job!

I'm really interested to hear how you get on with the Joe Bardens; do they sounds very similar to the original pickups?

The Bardens have a bit more mids to them, and maybe a bit more heft. I don't think they have any less treble really. Part of the reason I went with them was because Joe Barden made Telecaster pickups for Danny Gatton. While these were humbuckers they clearly captured the gist of Telecaster 'snap', so I guessed that the Rickenbacker set would be much the same.

The neck pickup and the bridge pickup are much more closely balanced than the two stock Rickenbacker pickups. You also don't get the 'peakiness' that you get from the poles on the stock Rick pickups. I also tended to get nasty clacks off the stock poles if the strings got too near them, and this problem is dealt with as well! 

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I’ve just bought back my June 1976 4001. 

I bought it in 1989 for £325 from DGC in Durham. I stupidly sold it in the summer of 2017 and regretted it ever since. Thankfully the guy I sold it to offered me first refusal when he was considering shifting it again. Needless to say I didn’t think twice. It’s now back where it belongs with my 1985 4003s 

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On 11/03/2019 at 10:07, cd_david said:

I’ve just bought back my June 1976 4001. 

I bought it in 1989 for £325 from DGC in Durham. I stupidly sold it in the summer of 2017 and regretted it ever since. Thankfully the guy I sold it to offered me first refusal when he was considering shifting it again. Needless to say I didn’t think twice. It’s now back where it belongs with my 1985 4003s 

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Nice pair!

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Found some old pics which arent very good but may as well post anyway.

1976 Band pic with 4000 Ric Azureglo (early non metallic Blue)

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1985 Band pic with 4003 Ric Fireglo

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Red stage lights spoiling pic of '80's Ric Fireglo next to Maton Fretless Pro

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Current 2017 Model 4003 Fireglo In Various Poses

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Received this '78 yesterday. I've owned a 2006 4003 once, but this one plays way better with it's thinner neck. Sounds great too with enough meat on the bridge pickup, so probably the feared .47 cap has been removed earlier. 

The bass has a cream colored truss rod cover. It looks original to me, but haven't seen this before. 

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1 hour ago, SurroundedByManatees said:

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Received this '78 yesterday. I've owned a 2006 4003 once, but this one plays way better with it's thinner neck. Sounds great too with enough meat on the bridge pickup, so probably the feared .47 cap has been removed earlier. 

The bass has a cream colored truss rod cover. It looks original to me, but haven't seen this before. 

Mmm, very nice! What are those odd little bolts between the pickup and the bridge for?

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1 minute ago, SurroundedByManatees said:

Nothing. My guess is that the pickup cover had been mounted there. I'm planning to fill them up and make them visually dissappear (as far as possible). 

Reason i ask is I have something similar on my '82 4001, two bolts either side of the bridge where presumably the previous owner decided to put a Fender-style bridge cover over it (???!)

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Sounds like a coincidence(?) .. If it's something that rickenbacker did, it's unknown to me. But maybe someone recognizes this and has an explanation. 

The bolts are parallel to the pickup bolts, so I assume that the pickup cover had been mounted there. Just a theory though :)

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3 hours ago, SurroundedByManatees said:

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Received this '78 yesterday. I've owned a 2006 4003 once, but this one plays way better with it's thinner neck. Sounds great too with enough meat on the bridge pickup, so probably the feared .47 cap has been removed earlier. 

The bass has a cream colored truss rod cover. It looks original to me, but haven't seen this before. 

This is so beautiful!! 

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6 hours ago, SurroundedByManatees said:

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Received this '78 yesterday. I've owned a 2006 4003 once, but this one plays way better with it's thinner neck. Sounds great too with enough meat on the bridge pickup, so probably the feared .47 cap has been removed earlier. 

The bass has a cream colored truss rod cover. It looks original to me, but haven't seen this before. 

Montezuma Brown.

i guess it has the elongated heel at the headstock end too.

I've got a push-pull pot on mine so I can bypass the .0047 series cap, like they do on the 4003.

I've no idea what those screws are for - it certainly wasn't the stock Ric pickup surround and it doesn't look like where they'd be for a 50s style pickguard.

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2 hours ago, SurroundedByManatees said:

I think it has the elongated heel indeed. Don't have the bass in my hands right new, but there is a thickened area from the headstock towards the fretboard. 

The colour should be autumnglo :)

Ah yes - Autumnglo!

 

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7 hours ago, 6feet7 said:

This happened to arrive in the post yesterday :)

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I wonder if I’ll get one of those.

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7 hours ago, 6feet7 said:

This happened to arrive in the post yesterday :)

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Let us know how you get on with it!

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1 minute ago, Jus Lukin said:

Let us know how you get on with it!

I've only played it at home but it's so far absolutely wonderful. Got the Rickenbacker sound but it can also do 'normal' bass sounds too. I normally only play lightweight basses (I've got two Maruszczyk Jakes - both around the 7lbs/3.15kg weight - one if for sale at the moment to pay for this if anyone is interested) so would normally avoid anything even remotely heavier (this is 9lbs/4kg) but it feels as light as the Jakes (this is the walnut version. I understand the standard ones are a little heavier). 

When I first saw pictures of this I was disappointed that both the iconic bridge shape had gone as well as the chrome pickup surrounds etc (and the triangular shaped new pickups), but in the flesh it's still a Rickenbacker (but very well made :)

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