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 Post subject: New to Rics, and the Forum
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:45 am 
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Hi Folks,

I just joined the club. My *brand* *new* 4003 in practical Jetglo is scheduled for delivery next Wednesday. Mr. Brown teaches us patience.

Don't be surprised if I assail you all with a ton of questions.

Wish me well, and no "tail lift."

Bill


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 Post subject: Re: New to Rics, and the Forum
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:10 am 
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Welcome to the club Bill! It will be worth the wait!!


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 Post subject: Re: New to Rics, and the Forum
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Welcome from a fellow 4003 owner!


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 Post subject: Re: New to Rics, and the Forum
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:59 am 
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First, thanks for the welcome.
Here's my first question, it's similar to one I posted on TalkBass. But I want to hear the reflections from Ric specialists.

The factory is shipping my new 4003 with rounds. I swear to you that before I play one note plugged in, I will strip the strings off and swap the stock bridge saddle adjustment screws for Allen head hex screws, and put on a set of flats.

The question is:
Which Flats?

I stick to Labella DTB 760FS for my p/j style basses. Them and TI's for fretless.
Music style is mostly Electric Blues (think Albert King, Robert Jr. Lockwood, a little B. B. King) in a four-piece: rhythm, lead guitars, drums, bass. The guitars are LP on rhythm and archtop on lead. We're not loud, but we keep it up-tempo. My preference leans towards a bass sound that's like Michael Rhodes' description. A definite pulse, a physical presence, but not out front. But the part you hear has to be "musical."

To my ear, nothing says "bass" like the thump in the attack, and a certain musical richness from worn-in DTB flats.
But the Ric is a whole other beast. This is where I turn to my learned comrades on this forum. Please to speak from your experience.
Oh, and if you want to tell me to stick with rounds: don't.
Oh, and what about the built-in mutes?


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 Post subject: Re: New to Rics, and the Forum
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:35 am 
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Start with the strings you're already using and if they don't make you happy, then try something different.Read the owners manual, it has a good guide to adjusting the truss rods and bridge.

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