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 Post subject: Questions about Rickenbacker 4003
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:47 pm 
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1. I notice the two I tried had beefier necks than My Pbass and Starfire.
Comfortable, but was wondering if there are slimmer necked models available, and do some 4003 basses have slimmer necks, or are they all uniform?

2. I notice it doesn't look like the [b]bridge saddles[/b] have much travel for intonation adjustments. Are the 4003's pretty well intonated within the travel of the bridges? I know this sounds like a dumb question, but you would not believe the trouble I have had with the Starfire and Gibson SG basses I have had with the low E saddle not having enough travel.

3. Is there any buzz about a shortscale coming out anytime soon? I heard there was a shortie model in the past.

4. Easy to keep the neck straight over time with the truss rods?

Thanks for any info.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions about Rickenbacker 4003
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:40 am 
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1) Neck contours and profiles have varied over the decades. If you don't find one you like, keep trying other instruments until you find one you like.

2) The bridge saddles intonate very well indeed.

3) No shortscale. Yes, there was a model 3000 decades ago, but it was short lived. There may have been a one-off along the way to further experiment with the concept, but I'm not sure. None now, none planned, AFAIK.

4) For me, anyway, no problem at all. After I got my bass in the early '90's, and once I settled on a brand, model and gauge of strings, it did not need adjustment for over 20 years until I decided to experiment with strings. I didn't like what I tried, so I'm going back to the strings I had before, getting a proper setup, and I don't anticipate needing to touch the old-style truss rods in my bass for another twenty years.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions about Rickenbacker 4003
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:37 pm 
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Thanks for the info.
Another question:
Do the 4003's tend to have neck dive, or no?


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 Post subject: Re: Questions about Rickenbacker 4003
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:27 am 
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No 4003 will neck dive if you are standing with the bass strapped to you. I have heard of people complaining that it dives while they are seated with the bass' "waist" over the player's knee. I don't think that is a legitimate neck-dive assessment, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Questions about Rickenbacker 4003
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:22 am 
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Thanks. Good to know.

I did try a mapleglo and a Fireglo at a shop, seated, and no dive. But didn't strap up.
When I buy one I will try with a strap.
But good to know they are not prone to this.
If the ones in the shop dive, I will look for one that doesn't.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions about Rickenbacker 4003
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:29 pm 
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No, Rickenbackerbasses don´t suffer from neckdive. It´s the attractive force between the metal in the tuners and the ground beneath your feet. Also called "Magnetism".
Three layers of solid rubber carpet in your practise could help to some extent.
An alternative method could also be to remove the trussrods and fill the empty space with heliumgas.
Good luck with your fretting arm!


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