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Ric Problems

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by MysteryBox, Aug 26, 2005.


  1. MysteryBox

    MysteryBox

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    I recently got a 1982 Rickenbacker 4003

    Plays Great , Looks Sharp and Well used like a Relic Should be.

    Only Problem is that the Grover Tuning Peg Heads (Tulip things you turn) Buzz whenever i hit Certain Notes and they feel Loose.

    How do i fix this? What do it need to Tighten? And how do i do that?
     
  2. Mitchell Royce

    Mitchell Royce

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    Tighten the 4 little screws in the corners of the tuning pegs. That should take care of the problem.
     
  3. MysteryBox

    MysteryBox

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    Well i can't tighten them they are as tight as hell already

    And even then when i could thats not the Problem the Tuners themselves are in Perfect Place and Tightness.

    The Actually Part you Turn (The Tulip) which is attached to Something else that comes from the Tuner is loose.

    There is no noticeable screw besides the ones you pointed out.

    How in blazes do i fix this?
     
  4. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

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    If its one that looks like this:

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    You can try tightening the 'big' screw and see if that works. If that doesn't do it, you're bass probably has been tuned so much that the gears are worn down and you might need to think about a replacement scheme.
     
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  6. keb

    keb

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    I think I know what you're talking about... that tulip part that attaches to the "stem" which then attaches to the rest of the tuner. One of the tulip things came a little loose on my own Rick (though mine doesn't have Grover tuners). A little drop of superglue applied in the joint of the tulip and stem fixed it right up.
     
  7. MysteryBox

    MysteryBox

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    Well my tuners arn't like that they are grovers but they are like covered and its like a square that covers them and says grovers diagonally on the back.

    But superglue eh? will if i can make it work better ill try it but i would prefer to do it in a way that doesn't involve that but if i can't figure it out ill do that.
     
  8. bigbajo60

    bigbajo60 Supporting Member

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    Your Rick probably has wavy key Grovers like the ones in the pic... visit The Rickenbacker Forum (http;//forum.rickresource.com/) and ask around. If I'm not mistaken, a few folks have had "issues" having to do with these tuners, so you might get a few tips and tricks to fix 'em up!
     

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