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Incoming 4003s

Postby (condo) » Tue Sep 28, 2021 12:15 am

Guitar player here ... just bought a rick bass ... https://reverb.com/item/44740419-2020-r ... -with-ohsc
My Dad and Son play guitar too, so I was thinking one of us could play bass instead of all three playing guitar at once. Gonna need a living room friendly amp for it, any suggestions?

The neck vintage pickus look legit to me but I'm basing that on the grey shielding... not sure ... comes with the stock pickups too. What about the horseshoe pickup is that a rick shoe or an aftermarker, Lollar perhaps? The dealer didnt know.

So its kind of like a 4001v63 with the pickup changes and laquered fretboard. But it has the newer bridge. ... Do guys play flat wounds or rounds? If I want to switch to flats what guage and brand do you all suggest?

Thanks a bunch :)
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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (jps) » Tue Sep 28, 2021 1:43 am

Your link doesn't seem to come up with the bass you bought as those shown are stock, no HS PU or vintage neck pickup (I assume you mean a toaster?).

Guys play both rounds and flats, depending on what's needed at any particular time. This means you will need to buy a second 4003S so that you can have both available. :wink: :mrgreen: :D
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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (Dirk) » Tue Sep 28, 2021 8:47 am

FYI 4003 were designed with rounds in mind.

In that Reverb listing, that's just a plastic pickup cover over the bridge, not an actual Horseshoe pickup, and no neck toaster there, looks stock to me.

It depends on the tone you're shooting for.

Enjoy the new bass.
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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (lumgimfong) » Tue Sep 28, 2021 9:33 am

D'Addario Chromes are great flats for a Ric.
For rounds I like the Rickenbacker bass strings Rickenbacker makes (they should come stock on your bass) and also DR Fatbeams, and Rotosound SM 66 sound great. SM66 if you are looking foe a broad, massive sound. Fatbeams for a darker more mysterious sound yet retains clear highs and a very responsive punch, Ric strings for the most clarity and presence but with some added warmth and even midrange.
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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (jdogric12) » Tue Sep 28, 2021 11:00 am

FYI linking to a sold item on Reverb takes you NOT to the item sold, but others like it that you can buy.
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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (condo) » Wed Sep 29, 2021 12:11 am

Ok here are hopefully links to the pics from the listing from reverb Sorry about the botched link earlier.


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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (jps) » Wed Sep 29, 2021 1:40 am

Very nice, John! Do the right thing and rotate the HS PU surround to properly orient it. This will require drilling four small screw holes, but the bass will look so much better, and proper, if you do, IMO.
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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (cheyenne) » Wed Sep 29, 2021 4:50 am

I agree with Jeff.

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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (ram) » Wed Sep 29, 2021 7:21 am

I agree withScott.
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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (Dirk) » Wed Sep 29, 2021 8:35 am

Ah yes that's a very different picture, congrats.
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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (lumgimfong) » Wed Sep 29, 2021 10:16 am

Beautiful bass!

So the original owner was trying to make it a 1999 Rose Morris by putting a toaster and a horseshoe in it? Do those pick ups sound any different than the stock hi gains?

Either way I’m sure it’ll sound fantastic and be a great bass. Congratulations! Sure is beautiful.
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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (jps) » Wed Sep 29, 2021 10:30 am

lumgimfong wrote:Do those pick ups sound any different than the stock hi gains?

Yes they do, particularly, the toaster, for sure. I have not heard the later version of the RI horseshoe pickup that is wound lower than the earlier ones so I don't know how they how compare to hi-gains.
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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (condo) » Wed Sep 29, 2021 9:44 pm

Thanks for replies, advice, and compliments :)
I did not know about flipping the pick up around.
That's why I love this place!
I will report back after it arrives :)
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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (jps) » Wed Sep 29, 2021 9:51 pm

condo wrote:I did not know about flipping the pick up around.

The pickup, itself, is fine, just rotate the surround to orient it like is should be. 8) Some dissasembly will be required, but that will simple get you to know your Rick better. :!:
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Re: Incoming 4003s

Postby (condo) » Sat Oct 02, 2021 12:36 pm

It’s here!!!!

I want to try out the TI flat wound strings. Assuming the nut on my bass is stock what pack of TIs should I order?

I’ll flip the bridge bezel when I restring it. :)

Thanks John
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