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 Post subject: Straight or Concave
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 10:30 pm 
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Having read that the factory set-up on a new Rick neck would be dead straight.I am in a quandry as to weither I should try to straighten the neck of my 73 4001s.
At present it has a concave.The action isn't as fast as I'd like but theres no fret buzz.
The nuts at the end of the truss rods are pretty chewed up,I'm a little afraid of messing with them.
Whats the best/ safest way to strighten an old neck?
Or is a concave neck part of the charm of an old Rick.


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 Post subject: Re: Straight or Concave
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:12 pm 
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The owners manual above under service or http://www.rickenbacker.com/pdfs/manual.pdf will tell you everything you need to know about adjusting your bass's neck.

Given that your instrument has the older, original truss rod system, I'll emphasize that you must push the neck to where you want it, or even a tad beyond, and snug the rods up to hold it; don't depend on the rods to do the moving for you.

Also, be sure you use the right tool, as use of a socket wrench or T-handle tool is the single greatest source of damage to these older instruments.


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 Post subject: Re: Straight or Concave
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:18 pm 
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What is the correct tool? What size fitting .
I have a t-handled truss rod wrench but it's a little loose.
Its a Gibson one.


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 Post subject: Re: Straight or Concave
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:36 pm 
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I think you will find the correct tool here
http://www.rickenbacker.com/cart.asp?ca ... ccessories


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 Post subject: Re: Straight or Concave
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:44 pm 
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Looks good but The Boutique doesn't ship to England.


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 Post subject: Re: Straight or Concave
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:57 pm 
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You need a 1/4 inch, thin walled nut driver (the type with a screwdriver handle. Make sure it has a long shaft. The driver should fit easily over the truss rod nuts with minimal or no contact with the cavity walls.


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 Post subject: Re: Straight or Concave
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 2:29 am 
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Try Mike Parks. I ordered a genuine Rickenbacker one and he ships to England. Got my 4003 truss rod assembly from him too, after one of mine broke. Good, fast service.


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 Post subject: Re: Straight or Concave
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:10 am 
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You can order Rickenbacker spares direct from the official importers, Rosetti. See http://www.rosetti.co.uk/

They're always very helpful if you send them an email.


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 Post subject: Re: Straight or Concave
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:31 pm 
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Recieved an email to my home address from Rick Services with U.S dealers who ship to U.K.
Thanks very much for that.
I'll see if Roseti will sell to me first.
It says that they only deal with Guitar retailers on there Web site.
thanks again


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 Post subject: Re: Straight or Concave
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I know this has been said before but the folks at RIC are absolutely awesome for following these posts and dispensing free advice and information to help their customers keep their Rics at the top of their game. Can you believe the CEO of the company takes the time to post responses? I am amazed almost daily by the dedication these folks have to their company and their customers.


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