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 Post subject: Just received my new 4003 Mapleglo
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:18 pm 
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First reaction was:

Wow, what a beauty! But the action cannot be that high... The trip to Australia must have screwed up the set-up.

After a quick truss rod adjustment so the neck is flat and removing the bridge PU cover, plugging the beast reveal a fantastic sounding bass. The action is very low.

Neck feels so different than my 4003 from 1990! Two totally different beast. The older sounds much darker.

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 Post subject: Re: Just received my new 4003 Mapleglo
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:00 pm 
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Hi Colonel, so you got this one from the USA? Brand spanking new? Cool!
The dollars is good. I wish to ask, you mentioned the action was to high out of the box after the trip. Did you have to adjust the saddle height screws or was only a truss rod adjustment done? Is this the first time you have imported? I know you have picked up some instruments in Perth. Top score on this new one though!


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 Post subject: Re: Just received my new 4003 Mapleglo
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:41 pm 
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Just a truss rods adjustment ans a very minor lowering of the bridge on the E side (1/8 of a turn). I will tweak the truss rods over he next couple of days until the neck settles. I have now the neck just a hair to flat.

It is the first time I import a Rickenbacker. The dollar is VERY good. Which sadly is killing the nickel mines over here.

As usual, for me, I will string it with Rotosound Swing 66.

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 Post subject: Re: Just received my new 4003 Mapleglo
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:17 pm 
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Great you imported, it is a bit hair raising but sometimes if you want certain gear, you have to look outside Australia. Very good to hear that the bass is getting perfectly set up without bother, it will acclimate and settle down. I have to keep all guitars in their cases when not in use, it never stops raining here! Despite the humidity I rarely have do do any sort of adjustment provided it gets re strung with the same strings.

I 'd love to import an amp head from the USA , vintage fender, but it's the cost and work involved in getting the transformer rewired for 240v. The price and availability in the USA leaves Australia in the shade! It's so easy with a guitar, just plug in and play anywhere in the world Amps are a different story to import.

Congratulations, another Ric in the country . Did you have many customs charges on this axe?


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 Post subject: Re: Just received my new 4003 Mapleglo
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:38 am 
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You can buy a step up transformer for your amp. I have used one for my Ampeg B18 for a while.

I got the Ric shipped through USPS. There was custom charge.

I got my dose of rain with Lua passing over the Goldfields during the weekend!

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 Post subject: Re: Just received my new 4003 Mapleglo
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I must admit it pretty much killed my current vintage 4001 envy. What a growl!

The caribbean rosewood is superb.

The only thing I would suggest RIC is to get back to the slightly thicker nameplate!

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 Post subject: Re: Just received my new 4003 Mapleglo
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Colonel Sanders wrote:
The only thing I would suggest RIC is to get back to the slightly thicker nameplate!


Same nameplate from the same molds since the 1970's . . . are you talking about the older screened Plexiglas plates?


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 Post subject: Re: Just received my new 4003 Mapleglo
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:26 am 
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No, I am talking about the typical 4003 nameplate. But after reading your comment, I compared my two different plates (from my 1990 4003 and from my new one) and notice that the thickness is the same at the base near the nut but the new one is thinner at the top (the pointy end) by half a mm.

It looks like it is a molding issue on this particular plate. The injection hole (near the last R of Rickenbacker) is much more visible on the newer plate. it actually ''sticks out'' by about the same thickness difference between the two plates. The injection hole on my plate from the 90ies is nearly impossible to see. Looking at nameplate close up pictures of other new 4003 on the web indicates these look fine, indicating the problem is pretty much with my plate.

Other than that, it is a fantastic bass!

Cheers

Jeff

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 Post subject: Re: Just received my new 4003 Mapleglo
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Colonel Sanders wrote:
You can buy a step up transformer for your amp. I have used one for my Ampeg B18 for a while.

I got the Ric shipped through USPS. There was custom charge.

I got my dose of rain with Lua passing over the Goldfields during the weekend!



Thanks for the advice re the step down transformer, the thought crossed my mind, but they are extra to carry to a gig. It might be OK for home use.
It really sound like you have got a great new bass, gee you really did inspect it well
I mean you even notice a slight deviation in the name plate.


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 Post subject: Re: Just received my new 4003 Mapleglo
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:08 am 
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jbudweiser wrote:
It really sound like you have got a great new bass, gee you really did inspect it well
I mean you even notice a slight deviation in the name plate.


Being an engineer, the first thing you usually do when you receive something new is to take it apart and put it back together. Good engineers will do this without having any parts left in the end...

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