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New pu's for a 1978 4001s
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Author:  Teer [ Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New pu's for a 1978 4001s

On a similar note, is it possible to drop a horseshoe p/u in a '73 4001? My bridge p/u is totality gone. Neck toaster p/u, perfect.

Author:  Baker69 [ Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:07 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New pu's for a 1978 4001s

A lot of people suggest by-passing the cap in order to get the full output of the bridge pickup, which is great, but you do lose that classic tone that the 4001 has.

I have fitted the vintage push-pull switch on my '78 4001 so that I can retain the classic growl plus get the more 'modern' sound of both pickups on full output.

I would not want to lose the sound you get with the cap as to me this IS the Ric sound! 8-)

Author:  iiipopes [ Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New pu's for a 1978 4001s

Baker69 wrote:
I would not want to lose the sound you get with the cap as to me this IS the Ric sound! 8-)

+1!

Author:  vulcom_creedler [ Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New pu's for a 1978 4001s

Change the tone pot, for a ric push/pull pot! That way, you install a genuine Ric component, and have the option of vintage tone or not!

The pot section of the push/pull is rated at 500k, so will be a perfect drop in replacement on a 4001 or an older 4003, where pots were 250/500 for vol/tone respectively!

In the Boutique, or for about 13 quid from the exceedingly helpful Shelly at Rosetti in the UK!

Author:  vulcom_creedler [ Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New pu's for a 1978 4001s

Teer wrote:
On a similar note, is it possible to drop a horseshoe p/u in a '73 4001? My bridge p/u is totality gone. Neck toaster p/u, perfect.


Get the bridge p/u rewound? I got my original 4001 rewound by Wizard Pickups in the UK. cost about £40GBP. They can also make it a bit "hotter" for you too,by adding a few more turns of copper, and get the impedance up to modern hi-gain spec of say 10 or 11K

http://www.wizardpickups.co.uk/content. ... ge=Repairs

Author:  wmmnorthcutt [ Thu May 09, 2013 3:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New pu's for a 1978 4001s

I've ordered the pups. I'm very excited about these. I'm placing a lot of hope on them.

Author:  wmmnorthcutt [ Thu May 23, 2013 6:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New pu's for a 1978 4001s

Finally got a Toaster and a Horseshoe installed. I put on a set of flatwounds and got lost in playing for an hour. I've wanted my bass to sound like this ever since I bought it 35 years ago. I may not get the exact Macca Sgt. Pepper tone, but I'm a lot closer to it. I also had the bass sounding like an upright. Incredible tones all around.

Something odd about the toaster pickup. It has 6 pole pieces. I called Rickenbacker, and they said that was right. Sounds great, so it must be.

Author:  fran4001 [ Thu May 23, 2013 7:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New pu's for a 1978 4001s

Yep, guitar and bass toasters are the same. When your flats get dead (like Macca's) you'll get even closer to the sound. Experiment with the mute too. :-)

Author:  wmmnorthcutt [ Fri May 24, 2013 10:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: New pu's for a 1978 4001s

Here are photos. The name Ruizo is signed in the pup cavity. Anyone know anything about him?

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s13/ ... 88db2b.jpg

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s13/ ... 8c14e9.jpg

Author:  wmmnorthcutt [ Fri May 24, 2013 7:06 pm ]
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Been using the mute. I replaced it because the original had dry rotted. It sounds so good with that mute. I need to spray a little WD 40 at the screws because they're tearing up my fingers when I turn them.

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