UG Team, on july 17, 2003 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Features: The Classic Rickenbacker bass - famous for its ringing sustain, treble punch and solid underlying bass. A subtle strip of binding graces the elegantly curved body and the Rosewood fingerboard. Deluxe triangular inlays and stereo capability are standard features.
1998 USA made jetglo (black) w/ white binding, 20 frets, solid top, 2x volume 2x tone, 2 single-coil pickups (1 treble, 1 bass), 2-way toggle switch, passive electronics, maple body + through neck, schaller deluxe tuners.
Comes complete with hard-shell case. // 10
Sound: Such a warm sound! Each pickup has it's own unique tone which is one of the reasons i prefer this over a P-Bass. It's definately a bass worth showing off. I'd recommend removing the bridge pickup cover, it just gets in the way. You'd be amazed just how effective slapping can be on this bass. I feel I should mention that i'm using a 15-watt Peavey guitar (not bass) amp, which probably doesn't do the rick justice. // 10
Action, Fit & Finish: I love the really low action and the ringing sustain, you can get a lot of sound out of it with very little effort. The bridge pickup can be raised or lowered with a screwdriver to adjust the sensitivity. // 10
Reliability & Durability: This bass will surely outlive me. It's built like a tank, but is surprisingly light. The finish is flawless, it even warns in the manual not to use chlorine-based cleaning products as it dissolves the paint. The strap buttons are slightly undersized, which is a problem easily fixed with strap-locks. The neck is brilliant and has not one, but two truss rods. Don't bother bringing along a backup with this baby, you definately won't need it. // 10
Overall Impression: I've been playing bass for 4 or 5 years, and besides the rick, i own a squire P-Bass. I also own a squire telecaster. // 10
CaffeineTripp, on june 27, 2006 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Features: My 003 Ric was made in 1994. 33.25" scale, 20 frets on rosewood fretboard with triangle inlays, Schaller tuners, neck-thru design. Single coil pickups that run through either mono or stereo. Maple body that rates up to 9 lbs. Fireglo finish. // 10
Sound: She's quite punchy and the amp can't handle it. Very bright sound, full on the bottom end. Though the Ric doesn't much like being down-tuned, that's alright. Running medium guage Ric strings the bass produces a great sound. Excellent intonation, response, sustain, and tone. No need for any effects pedals. After all, why wreck a Ric's sound? // 10
Action, Fit & Finish: Being bought through eBay, and then sent hundreds of miles to its final destination. The owner of the Ric had the action set too low, GHS Boomers for strings. The bass volume knob did not work. Dings, knicks and scrapes around the head and the body. Though the Ric wasn't taken care of too well, it works much better now having been tuned, strings being replaced, and maintenance on the pickups. The finish was still bright and shiny, however. It does what it says, "glo." // 8
Reliability & Durability: Being 9 lbs., it's sturdy. It could take a beating, but who would allow it? It hasn't failed me in the two months that I've owned it. Always ready to give it's growl at E, and it's sweet melody at g. After 11 years of being played, it holds up to its name and its reputation. This is a Ric, it's meant to be played hard, but with that sense of posh. // 10
Overall Impression: Since playing a Ric years ago, I've been wanting one since. I'm very impressed with everything about this bass. The sound especially. The classic style; never changing. There is no comparison to this bass that I've come across. // 10