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 Post subject: Re: Weak E string on my Rick. Help!
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:13 am 
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Remember that a 4003 has a 33 1/4 inch nominal scale, where Fender bass nominal scale is 34. So the same string will have slightly less tension on a 4003, and therefore have more string excursion.

Occasionally, I tend to "dig in" as well, although maybe not to the point you're doing.

Since you raised your action slightly, there are two more things to do for your aggressive style of play: 1) lower the E side of the pickup slightly, or if it is a new one with adjustible pole pieces, try screwing down the pole piece just slightly; and 2) loosen the E side truss rod 1/4 turn to 1/2 turn induce the slightest bit of relief to the neck so the string has somewhere to go when you play hard.

No matter what the bass or the setup, there is a point that picking or plucking any harder will only start causing fret noise and pickup farts as the strings hit the polepieces. It's inherent in the beast.

Moreover, with the Maple & Bubinga, both "bright" woods, instead of the softer alder or swamp ash, and with RIC pickups having one polepiece per string instead of a pair, which was actually done by Leo to lessen the transient attack, a 4003 should have more edge and attitude, not less.


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