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4001 Ric Pickup Help

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


  1. 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. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    You can get them rewound. Fralin, Lollar, and a few other builders will do it.
     
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  4. I asked about rewinding but was told that it wouldn't necessarily change the tone.
     
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    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. 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

    Feb 20, 2009
    look for something dumb, like a bad switch, dirty pots or especially that over-complicated switching output jack.
     



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