Author Topic: Here we go again... the S/5 is back  (Read 841 times)

ilan

  • Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 2413
    • View Profile
Here we go again... the S/5 is back
« on: January 20, 2018, 03:23:38 AM »
https://www.facebook.com/ricguitars/photos/a.235194499897542.57215.235019996581659/1674999699250341/?type=3&theater

RIC's official facebook page: "Who's ready for NAMM next week?"

Assuming the TRC is the standard dimensions, my guess is string spacing is still tight (5 strings crammed in a 4 normal neck) and consequently a 5-saddle bridge in a modified tailpiece.

« Last Edit: January 22, 2018, 01:33:40 PM by ilan »
A bad day of playing bass is still better than a good day of playing cello.

Dave W

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 17655
  • Got time to breathe, got time for music
    • View Profile
Re: Here we go again
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2018, 01:11:24 PM »
It will sell, whatever the spacing. And Jeff R. will find a reason to be unhappy, whatever it turns out to be.

ilan

  • Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 2413
    • View Profile
Re: Here we go again
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2018, 06:04:17 PM »
And Jeff R. will find a reason to be unhappy, whatever it turns out to be.
;D So true
A bad day of playing bass is still better than a good day of playing cello.

Alanko

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 918
    • View Profile
Re: Here we go again
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2018, 01:59:30 PM »
Rickenbacker basses are a daft candidate for 5-strings anyway. What next, 5 string Hofner Violin basses? If Rickenbacker redesigned the 4003 from the ground up for 5-string configuration then fair enough, but I wager they've simply tacked on another tuner, filed the nut with 5 slots and stuck 5 saddles on the bridge. Maybe jimmied 5 poles onto the pickups as well.

Dave W

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 17655
  • Got time to breathe, got time for music
    • View Profile
Re: Here we go again
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2018, 04:02:35 PM »
I remember John Hall posting at the pit about 10-12 years ago that none of the top ten selling basses were 5 strings. RIC doesn't see the demand. They sell everything they can make to their authorized dealers, I sure don't see them designing a 5er from the ground up. Why bother?

doombass

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 588
    • View Profile
Re: Here we go again... the S/5 is back
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2018, 07:45:45 AM »
They're made with a twist:






gearHed289

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3081
    • View Profile
    • Book of faces...
Re: Here we go again... the S/5 is back
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2018, 08:01:43 AM »
Glad to see they finally put a Schaller on a 4003. I miss the big chrome treble pickup surround. The pups look like early Alembic.


patman

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1206
    • View Profile
Re: Here we go again... the S/5 is back
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2018, 08:41:55 AM »
Having been a RIC guy back in the day, and being a fiver guy now, I would like to try one.

Being a RIC, though, I know I can't afford it.

ilan

  • Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 2413
    • View Profile
Re: Here we go again... the S/5 is back
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2018, 09:53:10 AM »
It's like they're not wearing any underwear
A bad day of playing bass is still better than a good day of playing cello.

patman

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1206
    • View Profile
Re: Here we go again... the S/5 is back
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2018, 11:08:36 AM »
The aesthetics ARE a bit odd.

ilan

  • Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 2413
    • View Profile
Re: Here we go again... the S/5 is back
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2018, 12:03:09 PM »
The aesthetics ARE a bit odd.
A wider guard may help. I did a quick mockup:
A bad day of playing bass is still better than a good day of playing cello.

patman

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1206
    • View Profile
Re: Here we go again... the S/5 is back
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2018, 01:05:37 PM »
Maybe a chrome pickup ring?

Rob

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1060
    • View Profile
Re: Here we go again... the S/5 is back
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2018, 02:23:12 PM »
Both a wider guard and a ring.

Dave W

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 17655
  • Got time to breathe, got time for music
    • View Profile
Re: Here we go again... the S/5 is back
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2018, 02:44:55 PM »

Daniel_J

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 216
  • No, I'm not Japanese. I am Brazilian actually...
    • View Profile
    • Oficina_SB
Re: Here we go again... the S/5 is back
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2018, 06:37:25 AM »
They should just have got rid of the pickguard altogether IMHO.