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 Post subject: Re: Cliff Burton's Bass guitar on the first 3 Metallica albu
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:37 am 
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Yes, there were mute cavities in 70's Rickenbackers. Else, I'm not sure what that cavity on mine was. That's where the strat pickup was added. I suspect that was the first mod.

Later, he switched out the original pickups for a Dimarzio (I think it was a Dimarzio) Jazz bass pickup in the treble position and a mudbucker at the neck.

Pretty sure he was still using primarily the Rickenbacker when Ride was recorded, as that was early in '84.


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 Post subject: Re: Cliff Burton's Bass guitar on the first 3 Metallica albu
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:47 am 
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Later, he switched out the original pickups for a Dimarzio (I think it was a Dimarzio) Jazz bass pickup in the treble position and a mudbucker at the neck.


Where did you find this?


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 Post subject: Re: Cliff Burton's Bass guitar on the first 3 Metallica albu
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:08 pm 
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I wish they would remaster the albums and turn up the bass. I like the tone he got, but you barely every get to hear it, except for "Orion."


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 Post subject: Re: Cliff Burton's Bass guitar on the first 3 Metallica albu
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:02 pm 
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Wiggl3s wrote:
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Later, he switched out the original pickups for a Dimarzio (I think it was a Dimarzio) Jazz bass pickup in the treble position and a mudbucker at the neck.


Where did you find this?

The different pickups are plainly visible in pictures...

Cliff's Rick
Cliff playing his Rick
Closeup of Cliff's Rick


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 Post subject: Re: Cliff Burton's Bass guitar on the first 3 Metallica albu
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:55 pm 
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Indeed. The first time I heard about a mute cavity pickup was in the mid-'70's when Bartolini first came out with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Cliff Burton's Bass guitar on the first 3 Metallica albu
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:57 pm 
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Even though I disagree with putting non standard pickups in a 4001/3, I can understand why he did it, and unlike others, it's a clean install. Now, just get a 4004, or put a pair of HB-1's in a 4001/3.


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 Post subject: Re: Cliff Burton's Bass guitar on the first 3 Metallica albu
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:36 pm 
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He might have had to take more wood out of the neck pickup cavity to get a mudbucker in there, but I'm not sure how much, as the cavity on my 4001 is pretty wide. Other than that, pretty clean installations though.


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 Post subject: Re: Cliff Burton's Bass guitar on the first 3 Metallica albu
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I actually had a similar modification done back in the early 80's to my 4001, a DiMarzio J-Bass pickup installed in the bridge position, and it gave me unbelievable high end.


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 Post subject: Re: Cliff Burton's Bass guitar on the first 3 Metallica albu
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:15 am 
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I had my 4001 modified with a DiMarzio J-Bass pickup in the bridge position back in the early 80's; awesome high end on this one!


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