String height has always been a compromise with the 4001 and 4003 Rickenbacker's as well as string alignment. The Hipshot solves all those problems. At first glance the Hipshot doesn't look too much different to the stock bridge and that satisfies the guitar geeks. To the player it makes the bass so much better and playable. To the punters at the gigs, well, they don't care. The fact it is a "plug and play" modification is extremely attractive. The quality is second to none and I'm proud to say I'm using a Hipshot bridge in my 4003sw bass and I'd recommend any other Rickenbacker bass player to consider changing their bridge to a Hipshot.
Just installed this a few days ago on my '76 4001. The original bridge, as anyone reading this knows is utter shite, just ridiculously bad design. I got interested in replacing mine because over the years the "tail lift" issue became worse and worse. The installation was a snap, mere minutes with the only alteration being that I had to cut the ground wire from the underside of the mute on the original bridge and make sure it was sandwiched under the new one. and this was my only quibble, since there's routing under the bridge to make room for the original saddle trough, it would be possible to have a solderable connection point underneath. Minor quibble to be sure. The adjustability of this bridge far exceeds the original. The look is aesthetically in line with the bass. I used it at a gig last night for the first time and wow, totally new experience. The sustain was just through the roof. The tone was much better than before. I'm assuming the tail lift issue was robbing me of some of that original chime. The feel is much more solid than with the original bridge. If I had other Rick's I'd be replacing the bridge on all of them! Since there were no modifications, I am saving the original for when my kids sell this bass at my estate sale, I'd never sell it now. Although anyone playing this bass would never dream of putting the original bridge back on it.
I replaced the bridge on my 2008 Rick bass and I can't believe how great the action is on every string. Easy replacement and I did very little adjustments. Wish I had done it years ago. Great product! I bought the brass with the chrome finish to get more sustain and harmonics and boy it delivered.
I purchased and installed the chromed plated Brass version of this. It's a heavy and solid bridge. I could not be happier with it. After a quick and easy installation it has simply taken away any problems I was having with my 4003. The tone is almost the same as the stock bridge (a good thing) but being able to adjust individual strings (including adjusting the sideways and getting the E just a touch farther from the binding) and intonate quickly is amazing. Before this bridge I could not play drop D without swapping in a .110 string - now, with the new bridge, I have no problems with drop D (or standard tuning) using the normal .105. This has probably been the single best upgrade I have applied to any bass I have - and I am a tinkerer.
To Andy Davis: Based on your recommendation alone, I bought this bridge as a replacement for my 4003. Am I happy that I took your advice with the advice you gave to purchase this bridge. This bridge is far superior in design to the Ric bridge in that the player has more options as to how the strings are set which really assist with the bass's intonation, action and overall playability while still maintaining the character and depth of the 4003. In short, the best upgrade I have done to any of my basses since adding a drop tuner also by Hipshot, way back in the 80's. Thanks Andy and thank you Hipshot. You guys are awesome!
My guitar tech recommended this upgrade and he sure knew what he was talking about!
The punch and sustain of an already great instrument has just got better. I was a bit concerned that my bass sound would become more middle of the road, but no worries, it still has the classic Ricky sound.
I have to disagree with a previous reviewer, it looks as though it belongs on my bass, the clean lines complement the classic Ricky styling and it's really comfortable when playing.
I would say that anyone who owns a Rickenbacker bass should consider buying this bridge upgrade, you won't be dissapointed, and the clever design guys at Hipshot have made it so you don't have to drill any new holes or route any wood to fit it.
By Far the best replacement bridge, a must have for Rickenbacker owner's
Much better Intonation and much more ajustments to get your Ricky set up perfect in everyway.
I really wish that this bridge looked a lot more like the stock Rickenbacker Bass bridge. This one is very angular and squared off making it look out of place on the instrument. Design, finishand increased tone are worlds beyond the rather crude stock bridge though.