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bp0211_com_dig1_nrI DON’T THINK I’LL EVER BE MORE portable than this: I’m running a Mark Bass Little Mark Tube 800 into two Acme Sound B1 3-way cabinets. The whole thing weighs less than your average 5th grader and has about the smallest stage footprint of anything I’ve seen on stage. I can pile it into the back of a Smart Car, which means rock star parking at any downtown gig.

Between the attenuation on the cabinets and the amp’s VLE and VPF filters, I can really manage what I’m hearing from the bass itself. Joe Barden Engineering developed a vintage replacement set of pickups specifically for the Rickenbacker 4003, which I recently had installed to increase output and eliminate noise. Don’t worry—the growl didn’t go away. If anything, the JBE’s let you hear more of what a Ric is supposed to sound like. What I especially like about the JBE’s is that they install perfectly into the Ric’s existing hardware, keeping it looking 100%. —EVAN MELLICHAMPE, VIA EMAIL

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Dig My Rig, February 2011

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Dig My Rig, February 2011

A very interesting set of a real gigger! Two questions though: 1. I can't find any info about Ric replacements @Joe Barden site; 2. The original bridge is known for its untrustworthy engineering. Did you consider replacing it with Hipshot product for better gig-durability? Thanks!

By Serge on   2/16/2011 8:08 PM
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Dig My Rig, February 2011

Love your Rig... Acme cabs are all but impossible to find here on the Island (Vancouver Island BC Canada) but I got got myself something similar in size a Markbass SA-450 head driving a pair of Markbass 604 cabinets... and I still can't believe the amount of deep bass coming out of that setup...

By Michel Leclerc on   2/17/2011 2:15 AM
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@Serge - Joe Barden doesn't have them listed on their site just yet. Instead, they are doing custom orders. Please contact them via email. info@joebarden.com @Michael - Acme will ship pretty much anywhere in the world, although I'm sure the 604's will do just fine!

By Evan Mellichampe on   2/18/2011 5:44 AM
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By Love29Marilyn on   3/4/2011 11:30 PM
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Dig My Rig, February 2011

Got my Ric back from Joe Barden's R&D team yesterday. After a couple of quality hours or playing time, I can tell you that my Rickenbacker 4001 sounds... simply AMAZING. Output is much stronger. I hear what I never heard before from the stock single coils - much more presence, a big round middle and super-clear highs. The bass has come alive; the tonal range is much broader, and and it responds to nuance with a sensitivity it never had before. Clarity and articulation is stunning. (Frankly, I hear everything so well that it's made me pretty self-conscience of my playing technique.) And best of all it's invisible - totally quiet. I'm taking it to a session in NYC tomorrow. Let you know how it fares... Till then, check out JBE's blog on the development of the pickups. http://jbepickups.org/blog/

By John Good on   3/6/2011 1:13 AM
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@ Serge, I own five Rickenbacker basses, all of which are equipped with the stock bridge, and I've never had a problem with intonation, adjustability or buzzing on any of my basses. If single coil hum is a concern, I'd first opt to have the control cavity shielded (personally I prefer the tonality of single coils to the sound of humbuckers).

By Andrew Delunas on   3/2/2011 11:11 AM
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The R&D Team at Joe Barden Engineering is feverishly working on developing a prototype for standard replacement pickups for both 4001 and 4003 Rics. I know because they are using my 1979 4001 as the baseline (pun intended) for the prototype. Yes, I donated my Ric to the advancement of musical science. Trust me, they are taking their time to make sure it's done right - fits perfectly, looks good, and most importantly, preserves the signature Rickenbacker sound we all love. Evan is certainly pleased with the results. Plus, preliminary reports from JBE say they are DEAD QUIET. I'll ping back after I get my bass back and let you know how they've done.

By John Good on   2/18/2011 1:45 PM
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Got my Ric back from Joe Barden's R&D team yesterday. After a couple of quality hours or playing time, I can tell you that my Rickenbacker 4001 sounds... simply AMAZING. Output is much stronger. I hear what I never heard before from the stock single coils - much more presence, a big round middle and super-clear highs. The bass has come alive; the tonal range is much broader, and and it responds to nuance with a sensitivity it never had before. Clarity and articulation is stunning. (Frankly, I hear everything so well that it's made me pretty self-conscience of my playing technique.) And best of all it's invisible - totally quiet. I'm taking it to a session in NYC tomorrow. Let you know how it fares... Till then, check out JBE's blog on the development of the pickups. http://jbepickups.org/blog/

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By ShawnMueller on   3/16/2011 12:21 AM
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Well, I've had some time to really gig the new Joe Barden pickups. The verdict stands. My Ric is transformed, and has become my go-to axe for almost every electric application. The tonal pallet is much broader, and the signal is so clean and strong that I sit much better in any mix. What's more, I can really hear myself onstage. Everyone I play with agrees. My tone is a real head-turner. (I played with a drummer on Wednesday who was positively exuberant when I plugged in.) Joe Barden Engineering has finished pre-production, and is now offering the R4000 series to retrofit all 4001 and 4003 models. No modification necessary. Just drop them in and solder two wires. Check it out at http://www.joebarden.com/main.php?section=Products&pageID=R4000

By John Good on   4/8/2011 1:47 AM

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