Rickenbacker 4003 fret buzz

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

  1. supremo


    Oct 20, 2008
    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


    Sep 22, 2013
    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


    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
    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. 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.
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  6. GK Growl

    GK Growl

    Dec 31, 2011

    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
  7. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
  8. rbacker95


    Jan 30, 2014
    I don't think it would be the bridge, but I would check the truss rod.
  9. 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.
  10. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    23 ft below sea level
    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.