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4001 Ric Pickup Help

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bassboysam, Dec 12, 2013.


  1. bassboysam

    bassboysam

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    I've owned a 1973 Ric 4001, with a toaster neck pup, for about 8 years. Over the last copule years the pickups seem to be losing some high end. Not totally dead but certainly not as sparkly as before. I replaced all the pots with 550Ks and raised the pickups as high as possible. I even had the pickups remagnetized. But it still sounds too dark. Is there anything I can do other than replace them?

    And before anyone recommends it, I am using SS strings.
     
  2. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    You can get them rewound. Fralin, Lollar, and a few other builders will do it.
     
  3. bassboysam

    bassboysam

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    I asked about rewinding but was told that it wouldn't necessarily change the tone.
     
  4. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    how could it be the winding? a bad coil wire would mean a dead pickup.

    i'm kinda stumped here, i would have suspected the magnets.
     
  7. bassboysam

    bassboysam

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    Well their output is fine, I measured that. It just doesn't sound like a Ric anymore.
     
  8. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    look for something dumb, like a bad switch, dirty pots or especially that over-complicated switching output jack.
     

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