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 Post subject: Dead open E string
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:28 am 
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hey there! Im wondering if any one else has ever had a problem with a dead sounding open E string, I have a new 4003 (Dec '14), and Ive put Rotosound Swing bass 66 strings on it, Only the open E sounds dead and not anywhere else on the string, I can play any other note on the E string and it sounds just fine. Im playing out of a Phil Jones D600 through a Peavey 1516 cab which has a 15" and two 8" speakers through a crossover for full range output. So, has anyone else encountered this problem?


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 Post subject: Re: Dead open E string
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:37 am 
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the crossover is internal to the cab


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 Post subject: Re: Dead open E string
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:15 pm 
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Working through the list of usual suspects in this circumstance:

1. Replace the string. Most likely cause
2. Truss rod harmonic vibration. Loosen or tighten the truss rods just slightly- see if you can "tune" it out.
3. Of course, try a different amp.


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 Post subject: Re: Dead open E string
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:19 am 
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upon further investigation, the saddle for the E string at the top nut is too wide. I would like a replacement topnut, how much will that cost me and how much to ship to San Diego?


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 Post subject: Re: Dead open E string
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:39 pm 
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http://boutique.rickenbacker.com/NUT-316-BASS-BAKELITE-BLACK_p_563.html


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 Post subject: Re: Dead open E string
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:07 pm 
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I tired to order but its telling that im not meeting the minimum purchase, how should I proceed?


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 Post subject: Re: Dead open E string
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:20 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Dead open E string
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:36 am 
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Order a t shirt to go with your Ric. Best of both worlds :)


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 Post subject: Re: Dead open E string
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:55 am 
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I'm sure you mean you have a Dec. 2013 model, since we haven't quite yet reached Dec. 2014 yet. Assuming you purchased it new and registered it, perhaps you should speak to our customer service department.

That's also assuming you are NOT using the Rotosound sets listed here that have an E string of less that .105, which would be undersized without some non-warranty setup work.


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 Post subject: Re: Dead open E string
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:31 am 
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yes Dec 2013. your sharp! and yes it is registered. I sent your rep pictures of how i got the bass with the too wide slot for the E string. No i am not using anything but the standard .105 E string. Its interesting that because of changing strings, the warranty gets revoked. I love your instruments. Not your policies, but I'm not going to argue that point. I will continue my endorsement of the Rickenbacker bass. I would hope that I was the only one that has a top nut issue from the factory, but Ive heard that its a common issue. Never the less I still love my bass and I will continue to brag about what a bitchin sound I get with my Rickenbacker 4003. If GreTch guitars need to be set up and modified to play right, then why not Rickenbackers?


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