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happy_face
New
Username: happy_face

Post Number: 10
Registered: 4-2008
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 10:17 am:   Edit Post

Finally finished installing Activators with Q Switch into a Rickenbacker 4001 v64. Sounds great with a versatile set of tones. All-around A+
briant
Advanced Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 241
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 12:25 pm:   Edit Post

What are you doing with the pickups/electronics you removed?
bluplirst
Junior
Username: bluplirst

Post Number: 33
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 2:17 pm:   Edit Post

Nobody is going to believe you until you post pics! (hint, hint)
happy_face
Junior
Username: happy_face

Post Number: 11
Registered: 4-2008
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 6:11 pm:   Edit Post

"What are you doing with the pickups/electronics you removed?"

Ahh, just tossed 'em in the garbage. ;)

NOT. I bought the bass stripped of pickups, pots & wiring.

(Message edited by happy_face on October 30, 2008)
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 1971
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2008 - 4:02 am:   Edit Post

Has it all fitted in the normal cavity and what about the rick'o'sound feature?
I've been thinking about this for my rick loaded precision..
prec

Graeme
happy_face
Junior
Username: happy_face

Post Number: 12
Registered: 4-2008
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2008 - 4:53 am:   Edit Post

Graeme,

It was not a pure drop-in. Perhaps because it was a C64? I'd be curious if others had any routing to do. As well, the jack had to be mounted on the pickguard.

Hopefully someone with experience on a regular 4001 or 4003 could speak to it.

Sine it had no wiring at all, no Ric-o-sound. Never thought of it! Not sure if the "S" models ever had it.

(Message edited by happy_face on October 31, 2008)
benson_murrensun
Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 66
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2008 - 9:46 am:   Edit Post

Jacko, that Ric-loaded P-Bass is FINE-looking! Are you dissatisfied with the sound?
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 460
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2008 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post

happy_face, glad you finally got it up and running! It was hard to fit the Activators in my Telecaster Bass as well - the pickguard was bulging up a little bit so I had the luthier route the control cavity a bit deeper. The funny thing with the Tele is, in a way it's Ric-O-Sound only, since I had the original humbucker wired separately with its own output. And actually, now that I think of it, he used a jack plate from a Rickenfaker!

telembic true color

Looking forward to sound clips, pics, whatever ya got!

Oh yeah, RE: S models - as far as I know, most S model basses were mono, but there are always exceptions!
happy_face
Junior
Username: happy_face

Post Number: 13
Registered: 4-2008
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2008 - 11:01 am:   Edit Post

Yes Hieronymous, it took a while. Your Tele bass looks righteous!
pauldo
Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 72
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2008 - 5:51 pm:   Edit Post

hmmm intriguing.
I think I have some old Dimarzio 'P-bass' pickups laying around..... may be I can stick them in my bastard fretless? Right in front of the EMG's?
eligilam
Intermediate Member
Username: eligilam

Post Number: 137
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 8:23 am:   Edit Post

I love this thread. What is it about jacked-up Frankenstein basses that is so appealing? Pauldo's wins the prize so far...
pauldo
Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 73
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 4:45 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you Will - for me it's the yin and yang factor. I own a beautiful Distillate and it is balanced by this monstrousity - it's ugly, it's HEAVY and it has the face that only a bassist could love. :-)

The brass rods are the longest thumb rest ever, the images in black are wood burned into the surface. A shot of the back shows that it has an honest to god Intel 486 chip in it, you can also cleary see where I modified the lower bout for easier access up high on the neck. On the top of the upper bout is one of our cat's old collars - the black leather with studs was very appropriate for this instrument. Of course more wood burning and some gouges that occured when Dan Huber got at it,,,, but that is another story for another day.

peace!



(Message edited by davehouck on November 19, 2008)
elwoodblue
Senior Member
Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 599
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 5:54 pm:   Edit Post

...Love the cat collar!!
I didn't notice that before.Nice lower horn shaping too.
peace
happy_face
Junior
Username: happy_face

Post Number: 14
Registered: 4-2008
Posted on Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 6:34 pm:   Edit Post



Finally got around to taking some snaphots.
Snapshots - now there's a time warp!!
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 494
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 7:00 pm:   Edit Post

Alright - looks great! I'd be interested to know about the bottom part of the pickguard - keeping the battery in there?
happy_face
Junior
Username: happy_face

Post Number: 15
Registered: 4-2008
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 - 6:23 am:   Edit Post

That's it. We did it that way so that there is less chance of abuse to the pots & wiring when it comes time to change the battery.
tmoney61092
Junior
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 26
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post

wow, that was a good idea to put Alembics in a Rickenbacker, how is the sound compared to the original?
happy_face
Junior
Username: happy_face

Post Number: 16
Registered: 4-2008
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 - 6:11 pm:   Edit Post

You can get a good "clangy" sound, pretty close to the standard Rick. Actually, quite a few variations of said sound. Plus a pretty wide tone palette away from that. Really quite versatile.
tmoney61092
Junior
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 27
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 - 6:44 pm:   Edit Post

how much did this upgrade cost you?

~Taylor
happy_face
Junior
Username: happy_face

Post Number: 17
Registered: 4-2008
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 - 7:02 pm:   Edit Post

The pickups are for sale at your Alembic dealer for around $1000 for the set.
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2030
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 12:37 am:   Edit Post

I've just had my guitarist (electronics engineer by trade) replace the worn out and broken pots in my fenderbacker (see above) and the transformation is amazing. She's not been played since I went to 5 strings in 1996 so everything was pretty corroded. He's left the original rick pups and switch though so 'that' tone is still there. I'm going to have to work out some songs I can use her for in our set so she doesn't get neglected again. 25 (aboout $15) for the parts and he did the labour for a beer. Looks like I've just saved $1000 ;-)

Graeme
georgie_boy
Senior Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 609
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 4:11 am:   Edit Post

Nice bass graeme!
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2031
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 4:15 am:   Edit Post

I'll bring her along to the next get together George.

Graeme

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