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Author:  donahue [ April 22nd, 2018, 7:59 pm ]
Post subject:  1994 Rickenbacker 4003fl

The bass arrived on friday in better shape than I thought. No kidding, it's in almost unplayed condition. I swear those marks on the fretboard are just from me trying it out. It's in really nice stock form. Case queen I think. I'm thrilled!

It does have body binding. It's very hard to see. It's under the finish. I tried to capture it, but its almost impossible. In the second to last pic, if you look at the light reflection and see where it distorts you can follow that and faintly see it.

So far I lowered the action some, added a treble bezel, straplocks, and my signature exotic wood obnoxious thumbrest. I make those and they find their way onto about half of my basses. This one is glued to the treble bezel so its totally reversible. I'm still waiting on the Pressurewound strings, but the Chromes sound great. I haven't messed with the truss rods. The neck showed up almost dead straight. I'll put the GHS strings on and see if it needs adjustment after that. Overall, Darth Basser works, looks and sounds great. I'm very, very, one more very, happy with it and thank everyone for their help and input in the previous thread. Cheers.


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Author:  Matt R. [ April 22nd, 2018, 8:09 pm ]
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Man, that fingerboard is sooo dope. Beautiful !

Author:  fivebass52 [ April 22nd, 2018, 10:56 pm ]
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Matt R. wrote:
Man, that fingerboard is sooo dope. Beautiful !


Yes indeed, a beautiful neck! Great looking bass... I've never had the chance to play one.... ever! :(

Author:  paulo [ April 23rd, 2018, 2:51 am ]
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Congrats! That looks great!!

Author:  Grant [ April 23rd, 2018, 3:03 am ]
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That looks amazing

Author:  tim [ April 23rd, 2018, 5:50 am ]
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Sweeeeeeeet!

Author:  NoXX [ April 23rd, 2018, 6:22 am ]
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Wow..... just wow...... congrats mate!

Author:  donahue [ April 23rd, 2018, 6:49 am ]
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Thanks guys!

Author:  andrew [ April 23rd, 2018, 6:58 am ]
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Beautiful bass, I'm glad the deal worked out for you.

Author:  Grant [ April 23rd, 2018, 2:09 pm ]
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hey donahue what glue did you use for the thumbrest and how does it hold up.

Author:  donahue [ April 23rd, 2018, 2:54 pm ]
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Hey Grant, I use regular super glue and it seems to hold up fine. I think the key is to apply it to both surfaces to help it "weld" together better. I've put them on 4 basses and so far so good.. But also have a backup anchor point because you never know...

Author:  AzWhoFan [ April 24th, 2018, 11:02 am ]
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congrats on an outstanding score!

Author:  sblueplanet [ April 24th, 2018, 12:34 pm ]
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Wow. Never seen a fretless Rick before :shock:

Author:  gravesbass [ April 24th, 2018, 2:18 pm ]
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VERY nice bass. I wanted that bass from the first eBay listing. The seller was just very short in answers so I passed thinking there was something wrong with it.

Great Score.... Play the hell out of it!!!

Author:  donahue [ April 24th, 2018, 3:56 pm ]
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gravesbass wrote:
VERY nice bass. I wanted that bass from the first eBay listing. The seller was just very short in answers so I passed thinking there was something wrong with it.

Great Score.... Play the hell out of it!!!


Yes sir, will do. I already have been. I even came home for lunch today so I could play it some more. I'm really comfortable on this bass. Sooner than I thought I would be. I really like the tones I'm getting. Clean tones are amazing and for fun I had to run through a little Overkill by Motorhead. I'm going to leave the rest of the bass stock, as I'm totally happy with the pickups, electronics,tuners, etc. The bridge seems stable so far keeping tuning so I won't mess with that unless it changes. I gave both truss rods 1/8 turn last night and they moved like butter.

My favorite setting so far is selector in middle, bridge vol and tone full, neck volume at 1/4 and neck tone all the way down. Awesome!

Author:  NoXX [ April 24th, 2018, 8:25 pm ]
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Very Cool! I'm hoping your amp looks like this, and that you were suitably attired for your Motorhead rendition, just like these fine gents :D

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Author:  bbl [ May 29th, 2018, 9:07 pm ]
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Like graves, I was really tempted to bid, too.

Great score. Glad you're thrilled with it. That's a really rare bird - a fretless Ric with an unlined board. Beautiful.

I bet that epic Ric midrange sounds killer on fretless.

Author:  donahue [ May 29th, 2018, 10:27 pm ]
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Thanks. It does sound really nice. It has a natural kind of melancholy tone to it in a good way, if that makes any sense. Very nice clean tones.

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