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Rickenbacker bass kit review:
I’m not gonna lie. Out of all the kits I’ve built, This is the kit I’ve been the most excited for. When I got this thing 3 days after I ordered it I was so excited I nearly peed my pants. Unboxing it was even more exciting. Look at how cool this thing is! Most bass players will know right off the bat that this isn’t a true rickenbacker, the two biggest giveaways being the musician style bridge, and the jazz bass pickup cover. It was a good effort, but not really. Kinda cheesy actually. But I’m gonna cut them some slack because I think there are two improvements in this kit over an actual rickenbacker:
the rear pickup is a jazz bass style pickup. This is cool because ricks bass have weird pickups that were designed for guitars, so there’s no place to rest your thumb while plucking the strings. If you take the rear pickup cover off, the jazz pickup gives you perfect placement for your thumb to rest. Also, the routing is much better. Ricks have a huge gap for a rear pickup cavity that looks terrible if you do remove the pickup cover. With the jazz pickup routing, you’re more flexible on the kind of rear pickup you want. You can always remove more material to fit other style pickups, adding material back in is much harder. So thumbs up for that.
The scale length of the neck and body is actually a full 34”, instead of ricks weird 33.25” scale length. The longer scale length means more tension on the strings, which is great if you play light gauge strings or if you play in drop tuning, also, if you want to string it up in BEAD tuning or get really crazy and do a full 4-5 string conversion, the 34” scale will take a low B string much better than the 33.25” does.
So those two things really make up for what this kit is lacking in my opinion.
Building this kit is pretty straight forward. Because its a set neck, I had …continue reading on my blog at https://gunsandguitars.net
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