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NBD- Bradley Rickenfaker 4003

 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:14 am    Post subject: NBD- Bradley Rickenfaker 4003 Reply with quote

I'm in Orlando for the weekend. My sister, her husband and I were supposed to meet for beers at 5:30 in the Ivanhoe neighborhood.

That means a second visit to my new favorite used and vintage guitar shop: Blackbird Vintage Music... since it's around the corner from the bar.

I swear I didn't want to buy anything. My intention was to check out a silver sparkle Ibanez Jet King with P90's, but this bass got my attention and told me to plug it in - so I did. And damnit, it sounded lovely. And the neck was comfortable.

Then it screamed at me: BUY ME YOU BITCH! And since I finally got a job offer last week, I said fuckit, and bought it.

It's a lawsuit era MIJ Bradley Rickenfaker 4003 (I think, it's been a while since I owned a bass). Research says that Bradley was the brand for Matsumoku made products commissioned and sold by by Veneman's Music/Music Emporium in Maryland, close to DC.

Here's a few pics of it:














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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ricks have 3-5 degrees headstock angle while most of the modern knockoffs have Gibsonish headstock angle of 14 degrees, which absolutely kills aesthetics in my opinion. This one looks awesome, congrats!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first bass I had in the 80s was a Japanese Ricky rip-off. This looks great
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh hell yeah, i've been lusting for one of these forever. there is NO bass that looks better than these ricks, and i have a special soft spot for these MIJ copies...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Miss my Tokai 4003 now. Looks great!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A young Peter Hook would approve... as do I
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats! Beautiful bass! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a Hondo Lemmy style bass going near me for 400. Bit too pricey and a bit beaten up but it looks cool.
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