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I reaaaaaally don't like these new Ricks. Those new triangle pick ups are absolutely vile looking. Why is it that bloody company feel the need to make yet more crap that no one does replacement parts for? No doubt these will be weak output as per all rickenbackers. They actually look more like the cheap Chinese knock off Ricks than a proper one.

..all this is my opinion before people get upset with me :P

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I played this bass at NAMM last week - you'll just have to trust me when I say that the pickups are absolutely glorious, and this is the best Ric bass I've ever played (and I've owned a few, and not liked them at all).

As to the "cheap Chinese knock off" comment, bizarrely I spent part of my time at NAMM (an entire day, as it happens) with someone who used to design & import exactly those basses. I won't name names since I have no idea if he'd be happy for me to do so. We both agreed that the new genuine Ric looked more like a 'fake' than his did!

Regardless of that, I found that the look of the new pickups grew on me really fast, and I loved the sound of the things.

 

 

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15 hours ago, Happy Jack said:

I played this bass at NAMM last week - you'll just have to trust me when I say that the pickups are absolutely glorious, and this is the best Ric bass I've ever played (and I've owned a few, and not liked them at all).

As to the "cheap Chinese knock off" comment, bizarrely I spent part of my time at NAMM (an entire day, as it happens) with someone who used to design & import exactly those basses. I won't name names since I have no idea if he'd be happy for me to do so. We both agreed that the new genuine Ric looked more like a 'fake' than his did!

Regardless of that, I found that the look of the new pickups grew on me really fast, and I loved the sound of the things.

 

 

The problem is Jack is that you're providing evidence, and when it comes to Rics, BC doesn't go on evidence. Further, round these parts, how they play and sound is simply not important compared to other factors such as how they look and the personality of the CEO. 

Great to hear that you liked them. If I wasn't entirely happy with my early 80's Ric I'd be wanting to try one of the new ones for sure. Personally I quite like the look of the PUPs and like many things, think once they get seen a bit more we'll become used to them. Imagine if the horseshoe had never been invented and they came to market with that now :)

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