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 Post subject: Weak Pickups
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 10:08 am 
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I cannot get the full juice of my 1979 4001 bass and I think both pickups are getting weaker (is there a such thing?) I would like to replace it with Seymour Duncan. Suggestions anyone?


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 Post subject: Re: Weak Pickups
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 10:14 am 
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I haven't ever played a Ric with the Duncans, but I haven't heard very good reviews of them from people on this forum. The major complaint if I recall correctly is that they lack character.


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 Post subject: Re: Weak Pickups
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 10:23 am 
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Hi, I have two ric basses that have weak treble p/u, i had to replace one. the reason i play ric is for the neck and the sound. If I was going to spend the money for a replacement p/u, i would go with a ric replacement. Over the counter pu/s dont sound the same and will change you bass sound. Do the right thing and buy a replacement ric p/u.


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 Post subject: Re: Weak Pickups
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 10:24 am 
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Ric does not have pickups in stock. Where can I purchase? Can I have the old pickup repair?


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 Post subject: Re: Weak Pickups
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 11:24 am 
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I just got a bridge pickup off music123, I think pickofthericks has them too.


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 Post subject: Re: Weak Pickups
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 11:54 pm 
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i use an EQ with my 4002.........big difference in gain,....and allows me the sustain i want.................

i've always found the pickups in my ric to be weak............


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 Post subject: Re: Weak Pickups
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 12:52 am 
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a 70s 4001 pickups should be wound to about 8k ohms ... the modern 4003 pickup is wound to about 11k ohms ... Mike Parks at the music connection or Pick of the Ricks or some other dealer should have Ric pickups in stock ... the newer 4003 pickups are hotter, louder, and fuller sounding ... the seymour duncan after marktet pickups work but they don't sound too good ... old pickups can degauss and develope wiring problems ... also before you get out your soldering iron try just getting the pickups closer to the string and then try bypassing the 4001 bass cut capacitor ...

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 Post subject: Re: Weak Pickups
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 12:59 am 
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I'm surprised no one suggested bypassing the capacitor- that may be as much "juice" as you need!


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 Post subject: Re: Weak Pickups
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 3:21 am 
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look under the boutique tab and go to pickups. It seem s ric has some in stock if i am reading it right.


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 Post subject: Re: Weak Pickups
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 4:05 am 
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Regarding to what Mr. Hall said about the capacitor, I had talk to the very cool people at Pick of the Ricks, and they told me on the 4001 basses and the older 4003 basses the treble pickup was designed that way and if you want more output you need to buypass the capacitor (I hope I spelled that correctly) but anyways check with the dudes at Pick of the Ricks they will explain it to you and it will save you money from buying new pickups when there is nothing wrong with your pickups in the first place, all you need is to buypass the capacitor.
Heres there website www.pickofthericks.com
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