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Author:  jiemp [ Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:49 am ]
Post subject:  4003 walnut at home

Hello everybody from France,
I have some Rickenbacker basses at home but I got this week my first bought new one, a 4003 walnut !
First impression : it smells real wood when opening the case !

second impression : its sounds great, very clean and bright, bridge pickup is really strong, but much more than the neck one. I will have to lower it.

Just two questions if someone knows :

1) I'm surprise to discover two keys in the goodies bag. The smallest is for the saddle bar, but the other one doesn't fit (too small) with the pole pieces of the pickups. So what ?

2) with my own key, you imagine I didn't use a huge effort, but it was impossible to turn left or right those pole pieces, like they were glued. What do you think of that ?

Many thanks and cheers !
Jean-MArie

Author:  Gargraves [ Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 4003 walnut at home

Hi Jean Marie
I have had the same experience as you. The 4003 didn't have the key that fits the pole-pieces. It is almost as though they meant to give the key that fits, but they have the wrong size- because there seems to be nowhere else it would go(?). When I did find one that fits, one or two of the pole-pieces was very hard to move. They will move, but I had to use a bit more force than I was comfortable with. Luckily, nothing broke, and I was able to get them to move.

Author:  Caifo [ Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 4003 walnut at home

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the pole pieces are user adjustable, since there's no mention of that on the service manual. You can cause irreversible damage to the pickup.

That walnut bass must be beautiful! Enjoy it, man!

Author:  JohnHall [ Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:17 am ]
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They've been adjustable for some years now. If they have a hex head, they're adjustable. There's been some problems with key fit as the supplier of the special low carbon screws had been fiddling with the plating process, making the hex hole vary in size. Sometime, of course, someone accidentally sends a guitar kit, rather than one for bass.

Author:  Caifo [ Sun Apr 12, 2015 4:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 4003 walnut at home

Oh, I've never seen that detail on my bass (built August 2005).

Author:  jps [ Sun Apr 12, 2015 4:51 pm ]
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Caifo wrote:
Oh, I've never seen that detail on my bass (built August 2005).

Yours is too early to have adjustable pole pieces.

Author:  jiemp [ Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 4003 walnut at home

HI there, the 4003 Walnut sounds very amazing for me !
Referring to the pole pieces, with hex heads, yes they are adjustable as it's mentioned in the manual.
but as confirmed Gargraves, the key in the candy bag doesn't fit to them.
I read the explanations of Mr Hall, Ok...It's certainly a detail... but for a so famous brand like Rickenbacker, and a 2k€ priced guitar, that could be controlled before putting the guitar in the box !
Bye

Author:  JohnHall [ Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 4003 walnut at home

jiemp wrote:
I read the explanations of Mr Hall, Ok...It's certainly a detail... but for a so famous brand like Rickenbacker, and a 2k€ priced guitar, that could be controlled before putting the guitar in the box !
Bye


They did exactly that for the period during which this was a problem but now these poles don't vary much, which is to say it's a non-issue.

However, given how few people actually ever adjust the pole pieces and the fact that 3/32" or 2mm hex keys are about as common as flies, it probably was a non-issue anyway.

Author:  Micky [ Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:35 am ]
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Do you really need the hex? You can also use a pair of pliers, the smaller kind for electric work, wind some tape around to make them a bit softer and carefully use these or just a normal screwdriver that fits.
Maybe a bit of imagination will solve the problem. :D

Author:  JohnHall [ Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 4003 walnut at home

Micky wrote:
Do you really need the hex?


Indeed. For decades the pole pieces were not adjustable at all and they worked quite well. But now the few people who insist on off-brand or low quality strings do have the option to compensate.

For the record, I have maybe 30 basses and perhaps two have the adjustable pickups . . . which have never been touched.

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