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Feasibility of Successfully Adjusting String Height on older Ric 4001

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by BigKahuna13, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. BigKahuna13


    Nov 21, 2004
    LI New York
    I've a 78 Ric 4001 that needs to have the string height adjusted. I say this simply because after playing a David Kelly fretless for the last 4 months and going back to the Ric the strings just feel uncomfortably high.

    Is this something that I should attempt myself given the following quote from a (current? former?) Rickenbacker CEO:

    "This is absolutely true and for the most simple of reasons. The
    old style truss rod requires that the person doing the adjustment
    pushes the neck into position and only THEN turns the truss rods
    to snug up the tension to hold that setting. The old rods were not
    designed to actually move the neck . . . only hold it in place
    after manually moving it. When tightened without releasing
    pressure from moving the neck, most of the energy of the rods is
    directed to popping off the fingerboard. It's a good system when
    you know how to use it, but unfortunately many people didn't
    understand it."

    The process seems straightforward enough but I really would rather not have my fingerboard shooting across the living room at Mach 1 and killing the dog.

    For those who've done this work themselves, am I overblowing the risks involved or should I let the shop take care of it. If the latter should I seek out a shop that specializes in Rics or can I trust my bass to any reasonably competent shop technician?

    Many Thanks in advance