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Rickenbacker 4003 Bridge Pickup Low Output and It's Makes No Sense!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by guestOU812, Aug 13, 2016.


  1. guestOU812

    guestOU812 Inactive

    Jul 30, 2011
    Hello,
    I am hoping you can lead me in the right direction. I have a Ric 4003 (single coil pups) and the bridge pickup's output is really low. I replaced the cap between the selector and volume pot, that did nothing. I then removed the cap entirely and replaced it with a straight wire and that didn't increase the volume in the pickup. I called Ric and they said, "weird! The bridge pickup should definitely have more volume than that of the neck pickup. Bring your bass to an authorized..." blah blah blah.

    I guess my question is, how likely would it be that the volume pot is bad? Or is it more likely my pickup has soured and I should replace it?
     
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I disclose nothing
    I bought a used 4003s about a year ago ... the previous owner had swapped out and put back in several pickguards and pickups, bezel, thumbrests, etc. And had caused 2 or 3 wiring problems that were hard to track down. But eventually I fixed them all.

    Possible problems ...

    1 - a short in the pickup ... this means you need a new pickup ... bummer
    2 - a loose wire or a cold solder joint ... this means you resolder the connection and you are good.
    3 - bad pot or bad toggle. This means you replace the bad part as needed.

    Look for number 2
     
  3. guestOU812

    guestOU812 Inactive

    Jul 30, 2011
    Thank you Ric5!!! I'll look into #2.
     
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