removing pickup cover on Rickenbacker 4003

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by georgey, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. georgey


    Mar 9, 2005
    Help, I have just got a new Rickenbacker 4003 and want to remove the treble pickup cover, so I unscrewed the large screws to each side and tried to pull the guard out. However it wouldn't come away and now the screws will not go back in. I'd read that this was a really easy oeration, so what have i done wrong?

    George :(
  2. Did you ever get an answer to this...I just did the same thing and now I can't get it back on or off.
  3. Never mind...after fooling with it I remember you have to take the whole cover off, not just the shoe...duh.
  4. jimcdenco


    Dec 26, 2009
    Hi all,

    New 4003 owner here. Sorry if this question has been answered, but do you have to remove the strings before removing the pickup cover?
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    i think so.

    that cover is just a piece of chrome-plated plastic, unlike the rest of the bridge pickup mounting assembly which is actually metal. i'd lose it right away.
  6. yes
  7. jimcdenco


    Dec 26, 2009
    Thanks guys, will give it a go when my pickguardian arrives