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Shawn Davis - California, USA


Shawn Davis with Doyle Bramhall II and at the 2013 Clapton Crossroads Festival at Madison Sq
YouTube video here


See Shawn's BIO page here for more info: www.bandmix.com/shawn-davis

 

The Neck pickup tone Shawn was looking for was a neck wound just a little hot

   "I Like a deep smokey smooth low end hotter thang with even poles"

The Bridge pickup tone Shawn was looking for that Chris Squire (song: "America") and Geddy Lee (when he used his Rick) tone.

   "I Like a nice growly, trebly bridge pickup that will overdrive smoothly"

I wound these two pickups for Shawn's Rickenbacker® 4001 and 4003 basses.

 

(quotes from Shawn's emails)...

...THOSE PICKUPS SOUND F'N GREAT!! DAMN! YUR GOOD!!

Yur bridge combined with my 11K toaster on my 76' 4001 is PERFECT!

The neck PU you made is warmer than the new Ricky B'S goes nice with
the stock bridge on my 03' 4003. It is a growly, bright, warm sparkle,
you did it!

The bridge sounds like an original ricky, but a little better cause
of the higher output, but it really has that Geddy Lee vibe, I call
it "GWARBLE" growly sparkle goodness!

...with the band "Revoltaire" (Rod Stewarts daughter Ruby) on the song
"Harp On" I used the '76 black Ricky, with the original toaster and your
Bridge pickup (8.3k, chrome flat pole pieces) and you put some "spank"
on that pickup for me. I'm using mostly bridge pick up on the song,
you can totally hear the growly bridge pick up

On the song "Cry Baby" by Nikka Costa (my main band), this song and
the whole album ("Pebble to a Pearl") I used my 1999 black ricky 4003
with your neck pick up (even pole pieces, 9.7K) this bass had flat
wounds on it.

Here are links to the video clip of the making of that album:

nikkacosta.ning.com & youtube.com/nikkacosta
...my normal rig is a 68 Sunn 200s with a (69) 2-15" Sunn cab, and my 71 Ampeg V-4B with my 2-15" Sunn cab or (71) 4-12" Fender cab, or 4-12" VOX cab. Sometimes I use a 8-10" Ampeg cab, and I have an old Acoustic 370 (1974) DUDE YOU ARE GOOD! I LOVE UM!

 

The bridge pickup went into Shawn's '76 4001:

The neck pickup went into his '99 4003:

 

Here's the two Ric's relaxing in the green-room before a show:

 

Thanks very much for the kind words Shawn, and keep rockin those Ricky's!.

 

 


Geir W. - Norway

2010

Geir has a beautiful Ric, he installed one of my RB74B with a ~9k wind, black staggered poles in his lefty:

 

   (from Geir's email)...

   Really nice high quality work, looks good, sounds great... I like the look of your vintage pickups."

 

 


Jeff Mills - N. Carolina, USA

2011

Jeff built this very cool fretless bass, a semi-hollow Poplar body with removable hard-rock maple neck:

 

 


Makoto A. - Japan

Makoto installed a set of my pickups in his nice 4003, note that Makoto uses the tubeampology custom bezel on the bridge pickup:

(from Makoto email)...

All I have to say is just “Perfect”! sounds great, looks great, cheaper than OEMs… Thanks!

   - MAKOTO

 

 


Ken H. - MO, USA

Here's Ken's set of Classic Rick pickups installed in his 4003, Ken also uses the tubeampology custom bezel on the bridge pickup:

    

(from Ken's email)...

Your statement is true - more of the Ric tone. This is what a Rickenbacker should sound like. I'm a happy camper! the neck pickup fit perfectly without any filing...I am VERY glad to be your customer, I'm off to play my 'new' Ric... Keep up the excellent work!

   - Ken

 

 


John K. - CT, USA

John's set of Classic Rick pickups installed in his 4003, John also uses the tubeampology custom bezel on his bridge pickup. I really like the look of the tortoise-shell pickguard with the maple finish on Johns bass, IMHO it nicely ties together the rosewood fretboard and the maple body:

(from John's email)...

I have installed the pickups and can sum up my impression simply…
 
Prior to installing your pickups, my pet hamster had bigger balls than my Ric. That is far from the case now!
 
You are the Wizard of OZ and have just given my Rickenbacker the courage it has needed so badly. These pickups are incredible – this is the Ric sound I have been craving which the stock pickups just didn’t give.
 
Thank you very much for making a quality product. Feel free to use me as a reference if needed.

   - John


Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!

 

 


Blain T. - CA, USA

Here's Blaine's set of Classic Rick pickups, Blaine's set had the Classic-T style neck pickup (removed his beauty plate) and his bridge pickup is using the tubeampology custom bezel:

   

(from Blaine's email)...

Hey Brad, I finally got the pickups installed and played on them for the first time last night at practice and WOW... I couldn't believe the difference...It was like hearing my rick again for the first time...There is such a clarity to those pups that I underestimated, deep lows, singing highs, all while maintaining that signature Rick growl! They were well worth the wait and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. Anyway just thought i'd drop a line and say thanks for your work.

   - Blaine

 

 


Iain T. - Kent, UK

Here's Iain's nice Fireglo Ric, it has a Hipshot bridge, a TubeAmpology bezel, Hipshot Ultralite tuners, and a set of my Classic Rick pickups installed:

 

   

(from Iain's email)...

Hi Brad

Hope your well! just wanted to give you an update on the pickups....I took them to my local luthier for fitting, got it back the other day, and it was straight to a gig on Friday night! All I can say is, I really love them! The bass sounds so much livelier, and has finally got the tone it should have. No more 'dark' in the sound....it's now got the treble bite it was sadly missing. My luthier even complimented on how well made your pickups are - he was really impressed, and he's a hard man to please! ...My Ricky sounds like a real one now. It's my main and gigging bass, so it'll be seeing a lot more action! ....it's now what I always wanted... Thanks again for a superb product and service Brad. You've added another very happy customer to your list. Please feel free to add any of my comments and pictures to your webpage.

Thanks again and regards,

   - Iain

 

 


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