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 Post subject: P/U replacement on 4003
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:49 pm 
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Hello;
I'm new to this forum and also new to playing a Ric.
I'm presently using a 4003 which is on loan from a friend of mine. I've been using it scence this July and just fell in love with it. Just love the neck and contour of the body. It seems to fit my style and shape to a "T"
I was wondering what would be recommended as a replacement p/u for the 4003. Some say Barts, others say SD's. I'm looking for a big, fat, round tone .......Old school some call it. The 4003 was manufactured in May,1989
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: P/U replacement on 4003
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:55 am 
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Flip the toggle switch up and roll off the bass tone.
You might want to try one or two Ric HB-1 pickups.


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 Post subject: Re: P/U replacement on 4003
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 3:32 am 
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I have tried many different pickups on a 4003 ... SD, barts, jazz, carvin, etc ... my personal opinion from quite a bit of trial and error is that a 4003 sounds best with 4003 high gain pickups on it ...

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 Post subject: Re: P/U replacement on 4003
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:17 am 
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You should install a Rickenbacker toaster bass pickup in the neck position and you'll get that old school sound, toasters sound awesome.
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 Post subject: Re: P/U replacement on 4003
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 2:07 am 
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If you are looking for a Fenderish tone, you're not going to get it from the stock pickups. There's nothing wrong with the stock pickups, but they have a different sound.

One of the reasons the replacement pickups sound so different from the stock pickups is that people often wanted a more "traditional" tone, or at least a fatter tone.

I was one of those people... I replaced my stock pickups with early Barts.. they were called Hi-A back then. These were not the ones Bart makes as replacement Rick pickups, but just mini humbuckers. The model was called the "mini beastie."

I don't have any experience with the SD's, but I like Barts a lot.

That said, after all this I'm currently restoring the bass (a '73 4001) back to as stock as possible. I have other basses for other sounds now, and I miss that clang!

And yes, toasters rule!


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 Post subject: Re: P/U replacement on 4003
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 2:20 am 
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Hi, Ric 5 said it all, RICs sound better with RIC pups. That why most people buy and play rics is because of the sound, At least its that way for me. I would never put a outsoured pup on my rics. If I need to replace one I use RICs pup. I also own a Jazz Bass copy with the jazz bass pup config. when i need to get that fender sound. But, I do not play it that much, RICS RULE.


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 Post subject: Re: P/U replacement on 4003
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 2:24 am 
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I agree that RIC pickups sound best in Rick basses. The Barts good in Rick basses, but not as good as RIC pickups, at least to my ears to suit the music I play. I like not care for the sound of the SD pickups when I tried them in a 4003.

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 Post subject: Re: P/U replacement on 4003
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 5:26 am 
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I tried SD's on a 4001. I'd recommend the RIC pickup's. They're cheaper & sound better in my opinion. The SD's are overpriced & sound rather bland, & they took a long time to get.
My original pups were both gone so I had nothing to base a comparison on at the time. Now I do & wouldn't make the same mistake.
If you want a more Fender like sound use the tone controls on the bass & amp. You can come fairly close.


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 Post subject: Re: P/U replacement on 4003
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:42 am 
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The SD's are overpriced & sound rather bland,


...yeah, I agree, that's a good way to put it.

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 Post subject: Re: P/U replacement on 4003
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:28 am 
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seymour Duncan makes some really nice pickups ... but their ric replacement pickups are completely lacking in personality and no growl ... no soul ...

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