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 Post subject: Yet another ROS question`
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 1:11 am 
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Hi Guys/Gals,
I'm brand new on the forum, and the question I have is this:
What was the last model with the ROS jack? I'm a lot older now and I want to play as a hobby, rather than a vocation.
When I was a kid, I scrimped and saved and bought a new '73 4001 Jetglow and loved it, mostly for the Squire sound from the ROS jack... I've never played professionally and just liked to play for my enjoyment/amusement. Somehow, life got in the way and I sold it many years ago. My first bass was a Unibox violin-body (U1970) that I still have (for sentimental reasons) and I boutght a Fender P-bass in the early 80s...
I've heard the 4003 has a similar sound, but does it have the "pop" of Squire's rig? If any of you remember Starcastle, their bassman had the same, if not heavier sound...
Please help an old guy out:)

Dave


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another ROS question`
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 1:28 am 
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The Rick O Sound jack hasn't gone anywhere. My 2006 4003 has it. The newer models also feature a "vintage" sound push/pull pot that passes .0047 capacitor which gives you the option of the more trebley "Squire sound" or more low end tone out of the treble pup.


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another ROS question`
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 1:33 am 
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Without a doubt there is still a ROS jack

But I am under the understanding that they no longer make the actual RoS box


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another ROS question`
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 1:49 am 
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The ROS box appears on Ebay every so often, but usually at a premium price.

There's one listed now. . .

http://cgi.ebay.com/Rickenbacker-Rick-O ... dZViewItem


and here's one that sold recently:

http://cgi.ebay.com/RICKENBACKER-NEW-OL ... dZViewItem


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another ROS question`
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 3:46 am 
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If any of you remember Starcastle, their bassman had the same, if not heavier sound...
Can you suggest any specific tracks that really show off his sound? I've never heard of them but I'd like to check it out.


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another ROS question`
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:50 am 
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You can use a stereo to dual mono Y cable instead of the ROS box. These can be bought for about $10, at almost any electronics store. Or get one from Carvin ($7.99). Welcome to the forum.


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another ROS question`
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 3:45 pm 
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Or, if you don't want to deal with the Y-cable (I'm not sure, but all the Y cables I've seen would look like you have two cables coming out of your bass), you can make a signal splitter (ROS box) for about $10. Then you have total control over what cables/lengths you want to put on it. I'm going to splurge and get an Evidence Stereo cable to go with my George L's Mono Cables, since George doesn't make stereo cables. I think my Rick is worth it!


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another ROS question`
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:19 pm 
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One cable out of the bass, two cables out of the end of the stereo cable. I would be interested in a splitter box though, any links?


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another ROS question`
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:19 am 
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One cable out of the bass, two cables out of the end of the stereo cable. I would be interested in a splitter box though, any links?



+1

we need a "how to make a ric o sound kit" post on these forums--c'mon one of you techie guys has the knowledge share with the rest of us.... and be very specific I for one am an idiot! Then we can all post our creations! Fun!


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another ROS question`
 Post Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:38 pm 
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It's simple. A stereo plug is "tip, ring, sleeve". A mono plug is "tip, sleeve". The sleeve is where the shield of the cable always goes. So, to separate the signal, from the stereo jack, the tip and sleeve go to one mono jack, and the ring and sleeve go to the other mono jack. That's it. Then take the $65-165 you just saved and invest in some high-quality cables. My personal faves are George Ls for great quality at a good price, and Evidence for awesome quality at a pretty high price. My splitter box is about as big as a pack of cigarettes and works like a charm.


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