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nicneufeld

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So, I'm not sure I've ever played a true horseshoe Ricky...but from reading, I'm curious...are the reissue ones Rickenbacker sells properly magnetized? From what I'm reading, out of concern for diminished magnet life expectancy they moved to a design where the horseshoe was no longer magnetized and the polepieces internally are alnico. So its much like a modern style pickup, but with a purely cosmetic horseshoe. People say that the sound is very close, in that they have tuned it to sound the same, but still, 200 bucks for one pickup and the design isn't even the same...

Can you check yours Tony (assuming they are aftermarket Ricky ones), are the horseshoes magnets or is it polepiece based?

I've heard Jason Lollar was making replicas at one point but I can see that ending in a big lawsuit, knowing Rickenbacker/John Hall.

EDIT: Yep, he still sells them but SAINTS PRESERVE US he wants $600 for one pickup!! [briefly imagines how that would fly with the wife...] OK, stock 4003 pickups are good enough for me!
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The horseshoe pickup on this one is pole based. I've read on one of the RIC forums that the metal cover sections smooth out the sound somehow and that removing them lowers the volume output. The flange shape on these new ones follows the '63 look. The more exaggerated flange is the earlier type and 'true' horse shoe. Two variants of these guys - the ones where the cover bits meet at a slight upward angle and the other that has them parallel to the face of the instrument body. First choice - the flatter bend. I've also noted that swapping out a standard pickup surround for a horse shoe will require drilling four new holes as the off set for those screws is reversed. In comparison to the standard bridge pickup, I would say the horseshoe is a bit weaker, even with the push/pull knob out.
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Just for laughs, here is a rogues gallery of RICs past:

https://www.dropbox.com/home/Public/RIC%20Bass%20Parade

Black/white pic is my 71 eggplantglo
Red shirt is a 79 with shaller tuners
Purple shirt is Chris Squire #71
Blonde at the lake is my V63 reissue
Fireglo is my just sold 4003S with RM1999 mods
Blonde "Karasek" is the Chinabacker
All gone save the Chinabacker. A new Chinabacker already ordered.

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The link wants me to sign in, T??????
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trippymonkey

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I did but it says your folder doesn't exist ?!?!?!!?!?
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Sitarfixer

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The link works for me - dunno what else to tell ya.
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It works for you and only you because its a link to your dropbox home folder. For each of us, the link takes us to a nonexistent link in our home folder.

You want to get the link from the Share.. button instead of right-clicking on the folder itself.
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SOKATH HIS EYES OPEN :wink:
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