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4001C64 -- Low E Volume Issue
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Author:  Beatlefreak [ Thu May 08, 2008 8:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 4001C64 -- Low E Volume Issue

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Of course, I can't even look at page 5 because I never received an owner's manual, though suppose I might be able to hunt one down on-line.


Available online here:

http://www.rickenbacker.com/pdfs/manual.pdf

Author:  voyager350 [ Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 4001C64 -- Low E Volume Issue

I may be rather new here in this forum, but I went to nearly all threads dealing with the "E-string" topic.
I know this thread is old - nonetheless it's helpful.

As I bought a brand new 4003 recently and could figure out somehow what you were talking about - I have completely to agree with Wim - there is a lot of output on the neck PU with the E-string but you probably wouldn't notice because many players are not used to hear the fundamental of an "E" but its next harmonics. The so-called 'solid underlying bass' is exactly that what you can hear/feel if only the rig is capable to make it hearable (or give enough pressure onto the speakers).
I have been playing 5-string basses for more than 2 decades and had to adapt the rig accordingly...

Well, you may miss some of the next harmonics that we can make out clearly on the A or D string, but imho this is a fundamental constructional part of the whole concept of 4001/4003 basses.
The position of the neck PU in relation to the effective string length gives an essential root cause for suppression and/or intensity of certain frequencies.
It's just about wave physics, spread of material properties included. No piece of wood is identical to another one.

Please don't get me wrong - I highly appreciate the great work on these unique instruments and I would love my 4003 forever :)

Author:  Clifton [ Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 4001C64 -- Low E Volume Issue

It might be that your amp can't reproduce the sound of the E correctly.

Author:  cassius987 [ Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 4001C64 -- Low E Volume Issue

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there is a lot of output on the neck PU with the E-string but you probably wouldn't notice because many players are not used to hear the fundamental of an "E" but its next harmonics. The so-called 'solid underlying bass' is exactly that what you can hear/feel if only the rig is capable to make it hearable (or give enough pressure onto the speakers).


Exactly. I was just in the studio, where the monitors were well equipped to produce very low frequencies audibly (much unlike many bass cabinets!!). I only used my neck pickup to record all of the tracks and the bass was as loud and "in the mix" as ever; yet I have often thought that pickup was quiet when running it through a bass cab. I'd like a bass cab that could produce lows as well as a studio monitor.

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