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Rickenbacker 4003 fret buzz

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by supremo, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. supremo

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    I've got a Ric 4003 model 2012 and there is a fret buzz from the 1st fret up to the 7th fret in all strings. From the 8th to 20th all are ok.
    What should I adjust?
    Truss rod? Strings height? Bridge height?
  2. Precision101

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    Sounds like the truss. Give a little more relief and it should be fine.
    But if that's not the case, the nut grooves are probably too low. Nothing you can't fix with some super glue and baking soda.
  3. JellinWellen

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    Try the bridge, you want the neck as straight as possible. My brand new Rics nut was actually cut WAY too high. So I doubt the nuts too low.
  4. Ferret

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    My new rick nut was cut too high also and Ricky said oh all go out set up proper. Truss rod sounds like, neck should be straight.
  5. GK Growl

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    OP,


    Once you can get it to buzz equally from the 1st fret to the 20th fret, it will be set up perfectly!

    Best regards,

    Chris Squire
  6. Lownote38

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    :p
  7. rbacker95

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    I don't think it would be the bridge, but I would check the truss rod.
  8. electracoyote

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    Nut slots too deep will result in string buzz on open strings, not frets 1-8.

    I vote truss rods. There are two. If you're not sure what you're doing, get thee to a qualified tech with Rickenbacker experience.
  9. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he looks Supporting Member

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    The adjustment of the trussrods must be the cause. Backbow makes the strings rattle and buzz at the first half of the board. Release them a little and see what happens.

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