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 Post subject: which model is best for metal
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:55 am 
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I'm a relitivly new bass player and i'm thinking on buying a ric but a dont know which would sound better for metal/hard rock style of music, the the #2 road block....no ric dealers around here


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 Post subject: Re: which model is best for metal
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:22 am 
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Yeah, we're a long way from anywhere in these parts.
You can order one from L&M or Steve's in Montreal or TO.
I don't have one as yet, but I understand 4003's are great for heavy stuff as much as anything else. Lots of grind & clank if you want it with plenty of bottom end.


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 Post subject: Re: which model is best for metal
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:26 am 
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thanks man, nice to see another bluenoser in here, lol


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 Post subject: Re: which model is best for metal
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:31 am 
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there were a lot of rics here in cape breton back in the 70's...mostly 4001's..........i'm willing to bet there's a few in some closets here,......and maybe a wanted ad in the merchant might scare one up fer sale...........can't think of any just now,.....but i'll ask around............


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 Post subject: Re: which model is best for metal
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:35 am 
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There does seem to be a fair number around the Maritimes!
I found 2 here in town, there's a few guys in Halifax area who have some real nice ones, & the moderator of the rickresource forum is in N.B.


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 Post subject: Re: which model is best for metal
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:34 am 
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Not being from Canada, I can't help you on the local front, but there are plenty of places that will ship to Canada and Mexico. For example, Vox Showroom/North Coast Music out of Milwaukee ships to North America and Mexico, as do plenty of other places, I'm sure. It's just that the waiting's no fun compared to just being able to drive somewhere, buy it and drive it home to play.
As far as which model being best for metal, really, 4001s, 4003s and 4004s are all fantastic for rock and metal. There are examples of hard rock/metal players playing all of those models. Cliff Burton from Metallica played a 4001 like nobody's business, lots of people (like myself) play 4003s (and I'm in a hard rock band) and obviously Lemmy plays a 4004. I play both my 4001 and my 4003 in a hard rock band and I've found both of them to do just fine. Plus, they sound great with a good quality overdrive pedal, like a Fulltone or something along those lines.


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 Post subject: Re: which model is best for metal
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:23 am 
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Rickenbacker basses are great for metal. Especially the 4001/4003, so much growl. 4004's are good too, Lemmy's using one now.

Just listen to early Metallica, recent Arch Enemy and Enslaved, and Motorhead, and Tool up to the Undertow album, and a whole bunch of others I bet.



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 Post subject: Re: which model is best for metal
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 8:15 am 
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Hands down the best Ric bass for punk and metal is the 2030 ... it has a more primitive more raw sound that is less elegant and less sophisticated than the 4000 series basses ... I have two 2030 basses and one 2020 all of which I converted to a 5 string bass in my workshop ... the 2030 is a discontinued model ... but they do show up on ebay once in a while ...

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 Post subject: Re: which model is best for metal
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 8:42 am 
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I don't know... the metal bands I know of that use Rickenbacker basses all use 4001's or 4003's, except for Motorhead, as Lemmy now uses a 4004. I mean, on a 4001 or 4003, if you set it to just the bridge pickup and set the tone on full, it really snarls. In fact, it almost seems like that's what it was meant to do, at least to me.

I'd have to try a 2030 next to a 4003 with settings as I've said above to say which I thought had a better metal sound.


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 Post subject: Re: which model is best for metal
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:08 am 
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I'd say you can't go wrong with a 4001/3, after all, Cliff Burton loved 'em. ;)
But I have heard the 4004 is the monster for metal.


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