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 Post subject: Need proper nut driver for truss rod on 4003 bass
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:25 pm 
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At various locations on the web I saw reference made to a RIC-provided quarter-inch nut driver for truss-rod adjustment on 4003 basses; I don't see any mention of it anywhere on the RIC website, though. Is one available through RIC or a recommended third-party?

I just had a look at the two nuts on my 2015-manufactured 4003, and all I can say is that that is a tight space indeed! Nothing I have on hand already will get into that tiny (one-sixteenth-inch or so?) clearance between nut and headstock wood. I hope someone can direct me to the proper tool.

Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Need proper nut driver for truss rod on 4003 bass
 Post Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:04 am 
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There is an official RIC tool that occasionally appears for sale, but this is pretty much what I've always used: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Britool-E165490 ... TP6HV63GHB
It needs to be long enough to extend beyond the headstock; avoid the T Bar design that encourages you to apply more force than is necessary.


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 Post subject: Re: Need proper nut driver for truss rod on 4003 bass
 Post Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:09 am 
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Thanks for your reply, Dazzz. I heard that this tool, which I am awaiting from Amazon, is one that is RIC-recommended:

http://www.amazon.com/Xcelite-L8-Nutdri ... B004UNFR1A

I'm still fearful that it may not have a sufficiently thin wall, given all that I've heard about folks having to grind down existing tools. We'll see tomorrow, which is when I expect delivery.

Does the tool you're referring to work straightaway? Any interference when you tried to adjust?


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 Post subject: Re: Need proper nut driver for truss rod on 4003 bass
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:59 am 
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Sorry for the delay in replying; you probably know the answer by now as Amazon may have been quicker than me. I had no problems at all - my 4003 is a 2006 model so there's a chance the access is easier on mine?? I get the feeling that RIC change something minor every month or so just to make sure we're all paying attention :-)
Hope it works out for you. I'll start measuring stuff if you need it.


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 Post subject: Re: Need proper nut driver for truss rod on 4003 bass
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:01 am 
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Expecting tool by tonight. I'll let you know how I make out.


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 Post subject: Re: Need proper nut driver for truss rod on 4003 bass
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 4:06 am 
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The Xcelite L8 1/4" nut driver does NOT fit. Will break out the Dremel next and hope for the best.

RIC, I love the product, but this is unacceptable. A customer should not have to endure this to obtain a proper maintenance tool.


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 Post subject: Re: Need proper nut driver for truss rod on 4003 bass
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 12:57 pm 
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I ground mine down with a bench grinder.

You need to grind it in a cone or bullet shape so you don't cut through the weld.

If I were to grind down another one, I would leave more metal on the handle side.


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 Post subject: Re: Need proper nut driver for truss rod on 4003 bass
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 2:02 pm 
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Hmm...I have the same Xcelite 1/4" nut driver and it works fine with my 2013 620/6. I also have another Grover branded truss rod tool (looks like what typically comes w/ most guitars) and that's fine too.


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 Post subject: Re: Need proper nut driver for truss rod on 4003 bass
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:40 pm 
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Spent an hour of grinding/checking/repeating yesterday, but finally got it to fit. Then gave my E-string-side truss a rod a needed small turn. FWIW, my 4003 was manufactured in 2015. Unbelievable.


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 Post subject: Re: Need proper nut driver for truss rod on 4003 bass
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:45 pm 
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I looked at Stew Mac, and the dimensions on their similar truss-rod tools suggest they wouldn't fit either.


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