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 Post subject: 4001 Bridge Pickup
 Post Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:34 am 
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I have a dead bridge pickup in my 1976 4001. I've been waiting to get an OEM part directly from Rickenbacker since September, but they continue to be out of stock. Does anyone know where I might be able to buy an OEM bridge pickup for my 4001? Thanks.
Bob


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 Post subject: Re: 4001 Bridge Pickup
 Post Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:20 am 
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sorry to say it, but you missed it by a day. They had them in stock for a few days this week. I have been waiting too. I'm finally going to replace the SD replacement that my 4001 came with.


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 Post subject: Re: 4001 Bridge Pickup
 Post Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:32 am 
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Well, I placed an internet order nonetheless to see what would happen...


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 Post subject: Re: 4001 Bridge Pickup
 Post Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:56 am 
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Yeah, it's a pity that you didn't get one from the boutique. They were available for about three or four days. Other than watching ebay, I would check the boutique daily. Sooner or later, they will be available again.


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 Post subject: Re: 4001 Bridge Pickup
 Post Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:53 pm 
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Are you positive it's a pick up problem ... it might only be the output jack .

Look at the jack , it might just be out of alignment.


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 Post subject: Re: 4001 Bridge Pickup
 Post Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:28 pm 
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What he said. Look at the jack. Try the Rick-O-Sound with a stereo plug and see if you get anything. Then if still nothing, carefully unscrew and lift off the scratch plate. It could be other things: corroded selector switch, pots, the .0047 cap deteriorated, etc.

Remember that if you check the pickup with a DC ohmmeter, you will not get DC signal through the capacitor, so you would have to put your probe on the hot lead upstream of the cap to see if you get a reading.

Try all of these things first before you write off a treble pickup. Been there, done that, mine was bad on the 1976 4001 I used to own.


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 Post subject: Re: 4001 Bridge Pickup
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:32 am 
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If you just put a regular jack in the stereo output you can gently slide the jack in so it makes contact and check if you are getting a signal from the bridge pick up .

If you are you will know the issue is with your output jack and not the bridge pick up . You can do this test in a second without tools and without taking anything apart .

The output jack can get slightly bent through use , you can re-align it with some needle nose pliers ... it is an easy fix . I have seen a number of people think they needed a replacement pickup and then discover the problem was just the jack .

( it happened to me too with my old 4001 )


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 Post subject: Re: 4001 Bridge Pickup
 Post Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:33 am 
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Thanks to the last two posters - I believe that it is, in fact, a dead pickup. But I will double-check with Long-McQuade Music (they are doing the repairs here in Vancouver).


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 Post subject: Re: 4001 Bridge Pickup
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:12 pm 
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Check pick of the ricks, they have a few in stock as of 3/10.


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 Post subject: Re: 4001 Bridge Pickup
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:36 pm 
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You could also have the stock pickup rewound. The new 4003 replacement ones will have a higher DC resistance than yours from '76, and the sound will change, becoming less bright and more midrangey and slightly more powerful.

Sergio Silva does RIC rewinds, or there are also many pickup makers who do such as Seymour Duncan, Jason Lollar, Lindy Fralin, etc.

Greg


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