My rickenbacker 4003s neck looks it turns to the right towards the headstock, is this normal?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by William81, Nov 1, 2020.

  1. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
    My new 2020 Rickenbacker 4003s has been taken to a very good tech and plays like a dream but i just noticed that the neck looks like it slightly curves down by the nut, is this normal? Is any amount of curve in the neck normal? This is my fist rick so im not sure if they just are like this or if the neck is acualy twisted in some way, it plays great and no cracks in the finish at all in the neck
  2. Picton

    Picton Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    I can't figure out what you mean.

    A pic would be very helpful. Is the neck not flat/straight, front to back? Or is it actually warped sideways?
  3. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    Realize that the nut is "taller" on the E string side and that may be throwing off your perspective.
  4. William81


    Sep 23, 2020

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  5. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
    I just noticed that the nut is higher maybe that is it but it looks like the neck slightly terns clockwise up by the nut, or is it just my mind haha 3847FEBA-10EC-4FBB-B870-3534759C5538.jpeg
  6. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Love the gray blanket.
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  7. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
    That’s my favorite!
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  8. Picton

    Picton Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    I don't think I see anything that doesn't look like a Rick.
  9. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    From these pics, nothing strange can be seen.
  10. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    You need to post a picture looking down the neck from the head stock with the frets pointing up. That's the only way I'd be able to detect a twist like you seem to be worried about, but even then, it would have to be somewhat severe to see it in a picture. In the end, if it play fine, I wouldn't worry about.
  11. Garret Graves

    Garret Graves Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 20, 2010
    Rosemead, Ca
    I’d pick up the bass, and sight down it like in my photo, then you would get a sense of how flat the neck is, and whether it twists from side to side.
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  12. luciens


    Feb 9, 2020
    Looks like you have a little bit of a rise in the fingerboard right there at the nut. If that's what you're referring to, it's not a problem on a fretted bass and I wouldn't worry about it.

    You also have some visible relief ("bow") in the neck,probably more than you really need. This can be adjusted out with the truss rod system (get someone to show you how to adjust this on a Rick).

    A twist in the neck would be a different problem....

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  13. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    Looks good. I'd like to know what the neck measurements are.... looks nice and thin to me. Perhaps it's the photo angle. Is that a fireglo?
    Sorry, I'm not helping answer your question... just lusting over a red 4003S.
  14. Garret Graves

    Garret Graves Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 20, 2010
    Rosemead, Ca
    On a different note-I’d also advise to have someone (I do it myself, not hard) slot your nut with nut files. I can see you have the high factory nut, which has the strings coming out of the nut much higher than ideal, you have to press a long way before you hit fret. In an ideal set up, the nut slot (where the string sits and comes out of the nut) is just a touch higher than the fret, and pressing down to fret a note is no further than going from fretted note to fretted note- to test this, watch how far the string has to travel down to the fret at the first fret, then, compare that to the distance that the string travels to the second fret when you are holding down the string at the first fret- they should almost be the same, maybe having a little extra height at the nut. Here is a photo of my Ric nut for comparison. Slotting the nut makes the action at the low position much nicer, FYI . I mention this because of your photo, and noticed the sky high nut that has come with my Rics
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  15. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    And mom says you can't your Ric until you clean your room.
  16. Tim Skaggs

    Tim Skaggs

    Sep 28, 2002
    If the above is true, it shouldn’t matter, but I don’t think any part of the neck should be “curved”unless it’s the back of the neck
  17. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    I do believe you are seeing things not there.

    Play it and stop worrying
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  18. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
    I think it is the uneven nut throwing me off, thanks for the help!
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  19. William81


    Sep 23, 2020
    Thanks for the help!
  20. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Having owned a 1976 4001 from 1981 until 1992, then a 4002 (yes, "2," not "1" or "3") from then on, and at one point my main gigging bass with no backup, I concur that it is probably a combination of an optical illusion of the nut slots and a little too much relief. The RIC owners manual says to adjust the neck dead straight. Yes, that works. Personally, I like to "dig in" occasionally a little more than the average player, so with the double truss rod system, I adjust the G string side dead straight and the E string side with just the slightest bit of relief to give the E string a little more excursion room without fret slap. And this is with the old-style "hairpin" truss rods, which have never caused a bit of trouble to me. The "new" truss rods as on the OP's bass are simple to adjust by comparison.
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