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Help with me PLEASE!!!!! E string problem!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by jdb72, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. jdb72

    jdb72 Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2010
    Ok first off my bass that I am having trouble with is a Dillion Rick copy! My problem is this the e sting does not have any punch and volume level is lower than the a,d,g strings. I thought it was the pickups changed neck pickup. Nothing changed. My thought is that it my be a spacing issue the e string is not positioned above the pole s on the pickups off to the side by about a 1/8 inch. Any Thoughts. I have found a bridge at all parts that looks like the bridge on the bass and it has adjustable spacing.
    Any help will be appreciated.:confused:
  2. What type of bridge is on it now?

    When you say it's off do you mean 1/8 inch off of center or 1/8 inch outside of the posts? An 1/8 inch off center shouldn't make a noticeable difference.

    Have you tried to adjust the pickup height? Unscrew it on the E-string side so that side is higher than the other side.

    Also.. I assume you tried new strings? The string may just be dead.

    Pics of the pickup w/ string and of the bridge would help diagnose the problem or let us know what options you have for correction.
  3. jdb72

    jdb72 Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2010
    The bridge is possibly a wikinson bridge.
    The sting is about 1/8 inch to the the side of the pickup pole.
    Yes I have replaced the stings.

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  4. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    I think it's an ABM knockoff; real ABM bridges have lateral adjustability.

    That bridge & that pickup aren't going to be a happy match, due to the serious spacing issue, which is why you're not getting any E string to speak of.
  5. jdb72

    jdb72 Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2010
    Ok my next question.
    What would be the better solution?
    1. Replace the bridge to a better match?
    2. Replace pickups ?
    I have been thinking of putting in Tv Jones Thunder blades.
    Which will take some body modification (Routing out the pickup Holes).
  6. Ibby


    Jun 24, 2013
    string height?
  7. jdb72

    jdb72 Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2010
    I have adjusted string height doesn't help.
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I doubt the problem is pickups. The string spacing is the problem. I'd look for a bridge with different spacing AND lateral adjustment for each string. Maybe the real thing instead of a copy?
  9. You could go with the Hipshot Rick bridge. If you like the look of the more compact bridge, they also make an A-type with the same spacing. If you go that route, I'd get the brass one. I've read almost universal positive reviews of Hipshot's brass bridges. Not so much on the aluminum.

    All this assumes that the pickups are of the same spacing as a real Rick, though.
  10. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Do you rest your thumb on the E string? I used to do that and it got gunked up and went dead faster than the other strings.
  11. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011
    If you prefer the wider spacing, change the pickup,
    If changing the bridge, be sure the new one has saddle spacing to match the pickup.
  12. Yep, E string is too far off the pickup pole to work. How do the strings lay on the neck? Do they look about right or is the E string really close to the edge?
  13. jdb72

    jdb72 Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2010
    #1 no I do not rest my thumb on the E string.
    #2 Sting is not to close to the edge of the neck.
    It is just bad design between the pick up and bridge.
    Looking into going the new bridge route one with adjustable spacing.
    From everything I have checked out I need a 0.7396 spacing.
  14. But if the strings are where they need to be on the neck, you don't really want to move them over, do you? Hard to say without seeing it in person but I would have thought that the pickup placement is the real problem, and that you should correct it instead.
  15. Looking again, I see the spacing is all wrong anyway. Hmmm.
  16. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    A Greco Ric lives here and it got the Ric-copied bridge changed to the suggested one. MUCH heavier and totally adjustable. If you can't get that E string over the pickup better(i.e. off-center factory pickup route too far towards the G string), you might consider a re-route to better center the pickup under all 4 strings and pickguard(ian) to cover the gap left on the G-string side.
  17. jdb72

    jdb72 Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2010
    Thanks to all for the help!!! I just installed a new ABM bridge with lateral adjustment it is so much better!! I will pot pics soon , again thanks for the help!!