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Rickenbacker 4003 Clipping Problem. Advice?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by OPBASSMAN1994, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. OPBASSMAN1994


    Jul 30, 2010
    So I've had my Ric for a couple of months now, and it is everything I've ever dreamed. That powerful, aggressive sound, perfectly smooth neck, solid, beautiful build - fantastic. Best instrument I've ever played.

    However, I've had a chronic problem with it since the beginning. When I hit the E string with any force, it clips. No matter what amp or DI box I'm using, it clips.

    If I solo the neck pickup, no issue. But mixed or bridge solo'd, the clipping occurs. It's really not pleasant. Anyone else have this problem, and any specific recommendations to fix it effectively? Maybe lowering the E string specific bridge pickup pole (with an allen wrench or something)?
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Yes, lower the pole below the E string
  3. OPBASSMAN1994


    Jul 30, 2010
  4. Toggle between the two pickups. I bet you're gonna find that the bridge pick-up is substantially louder than the neck. Lower it, and continue to adjust and toggle between the two pickups, until the volumes are even. Then, even out the E and G sides.

    The bridge pickup is pretty powerful, and the low notes are the ones usually responsible for clipping, so this should solve your problem.

    Adjust the poles if you need to balance levels between strings, and then only if you have the Allen head type poles. The button/mushroom heads are not adjustable.
  5. Jeff Scott

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

    Usually the clipping is from the string hitting the pole piece itself, so as advised, lower the pole/pickup.
  6. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    Pick up height makes a huge difference ,especially Rickenbackers
    Balance is the key word.