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I just purchased a 2018 Rickenbacker 4003S.. Where can I get a flat black pick guard??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by horsehead9, May 16, 2018.

  1. horsehead9


    Jan 11, 2014
    Any suggestions on a reputable company that can match the exact same thickness and screw holes for this model? Does Rickenbacker sell anything other than white? And would they have a black TRC with white Rickenbacker lettering? Any experience you can share in this area would be appreciated.
  2. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Many of the usual pickguard websites should be able to make a pickguard for you (ie. WD, Pickguardian, etc.). However, they will not make a TRC that says "Rickenbacker" on it. Your best bet is TB, eBay, Reverb, etc. for something like that.
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  3. basmansam


    Feb 11, 2005
    Check out pickguardian, they make a lot of pickguards for rics
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  4. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    Yeah, Rickenbacker is very, very protective of their TRCs. At one time, they would sell you a new one - but, you had to send a broken one to them first. They stopped even doing that about 5 years ago.. they're made of Unobtanium now... You might want to ask over in the Rickenbacker Club about TRCs. Several people there have made some very nice ones for their basses. Doesn't seem particularly hard to do, either...:thumbsup:
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  5. MG Wolf

    MG Wolf

    Nov 29, 2014
    Due East
    Pickguardian for the pickguard for sure, and you could check Rickenbacker Resource Forum Marketplace to see if someone would swap a black TRC for your white one.

    Congrats on your new Rick!! :hyper:
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  6. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    If I wasn't set up to make my own, I would have Pickguardian do it. Excellent work done right. Just be patient, Tony is a one person shop that does a lot of one up work.
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  7. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    It’s been said before, but Pickguardian is definitely the way to go. I ordered a black pickguard from him for my 4003 and it turned out perfect. Also didn’t take nearly as long as I was expecting.
    I specified that I wanted one without the more pronounced lower hump (a more recent thing from what I’ve read) and I couldn’t be happier.
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  8. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    I thought that most pick guards were flat.....:):whistle:
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  9. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I painted my own white pickguard with matte finish black spray paint. It came out great and I didn't sand or do any prep work. Lasted for as long as I owned the bass without fading. Try it.
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  10. DIY. Thin piece of plastic (or wood), Rustoleum grill paint.
  11. Korladis

    Korladis Banned Supporting Member

    Pickguardian has a great reputation and will make you a flat black pickguard with screw holes that line up correctly.

    Just about no one online will make a TRC though, as that would open them up to all sorts of legal trouble.
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  12. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    maybe Gibson can make you one ;)
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  13. Mister Boh

    Mister Boh

    Oct 23, 2016
    Annapolis, MD
    Umm, i believe we need pics.
  14. skygzr


    Feb 23, 2015
    Southeast US
    Another vote for Pickguardian. Might take a little while, but it'll be perfect.
  15. BK bassist

    BK bassist "Apollo's Ghost" Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    +1 for Pickgaurdian

  16. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    I have posted this before, so have patience:

    To make a "black" TRC, simply:

    1. Spray your "white" TRC with black spray can paint.
    2. Wait for it to dry (cure) for a day or so.
    3. With a sanding block and 400-grit wet-or-dry sandpaper, lightly sand the raised lettering until the new black spray paint and the factory applied paint on the lettering is sanded off. This will reveal the white plastic the molded TRC is made of.
    4. Retouch with a fine brush if necessary.
    5. Option: overspray the TRC with a compatible clear coat.

    Easy peasy, etc.
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  17. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    Dude, you can't say you just bought a Ric, and not post a picture. :rollno:
  18. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    Ya.....breaking all the rules
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  19. punchclock


    Mar 19, 2007
    Kansas City
    Go to a local sign shop and have them apply matte black vinyl to your existing pickguard. Still stock.
    Then you can remove the vinyl anytime. AND no scratches!
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  20. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    + (something like) 47 for Pickguardian. Tony has made quite a few pickguards for me over the years, even one for an old :eek: F*nd*r :eek: I owned (among a lot of other F*nd*rs that I have owned) 15 years ago.
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