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rickenbacker 4003 has two single coil pickups?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nothingman78, Apr 30, 2002.


  1. nothingman78

    nothingman78

    Feb 27, 2002
    u.s.a-l.a
    does rickenbacker 4003 bass has two single coil pickup, isn't it?
    I tried rickenbacker 4003 bass today. it sounded great...(great attack!!!)
    but I noticed there was some noise from pickup...
    is it because that pickup is single coil pickup
    I heard fender jazz bass pickups...they're humbucker in fact!!! when the volumes(neck & bridge) point the same way...those two single coil
    become humbucker....
    but what about the rickenbacker 4003 bass?
    do rickenbacker company built their bass same way
    as fender does? or rickenbacker's pickups( neck &
    bridge) are indipendence single pickup...(different as fender electronics?)
     
  2. From Rickenbacker's website:

    No. of Pickups - 2
    Type of Pickups - Single Coil

    I don't know the answer to the rest of your questions though, sorry.

    Glad you discovered Ricks, I'm GAS-ing pretty bad for one myself.
     
  3. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    The pickups in my 4001 are perfectly quiet. I've never had a noise problem. You could have been experiencing a minor grounding problem in the store that created the noise you heard. Go back to the store and try another bass equipped with single coil pickups and see what happens. If there's no noise, then perhaps the 4003 had a minor internal grounding or shielding problem that needs to fixed.
    Cheers,
     
  4. tim4003

    tim4003

    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA
    Rickenbackers are not shielded in the wiring cavity, so if you were close to the amp,say 5 ft. or less,you will get some noise. Go back to the store and try again.
     
  5. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Are you talking non-shielded noise (buzz), or single-coil noise (hum)?

    That's a good question - are the two pickups in a Rick wired with reverse magnets + windings, to be humcancelling when both are on?
     
  6. tim4003

    tim4003

    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA
    Rickenbacker doesn't reverse wind pickups.
     
  7. TaySte_2000

    TaySte_2000

    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    They do hum abit more than my other basses but then all my other basses have soapbars, I've always thought this added to the tone and sound that is a 4003 or 4001 they just sound like they've got balls like the old ampeg amps. It's not like having a fuzz pedal on when your not playing but hey if you don't like it Ricks are not for everyone some say the butt ugly and some say there the best basses available.

    Your money your choice ;)
     
  8. I can't recall my Ric4001 making any noise....i know I notice a little bit of a scratching like sound when I turn the treble/tone knobs..
     
  9. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Why not? It's free noise reduction when the switch is in the middle. . .
     
  10. incubus2432

    incubus2432

    Mar 21, 2002
    Grafton, Ohio
    I don't have a "hum" problem from either of my 4003's....any buzz I get is due to something else in the signal chain or bad power.
     
  11. I wish I knew... the problem bothers me on mine.

    --jeff
     
  12. My 4003 can get some odd ball hum in it if its situated toward EMFs. Usually not bad enough to worry about though. I've noticed that at some clubs if I face the speakers or lights or whatever it gets kind of loud.
     
  13. tim4003

    tim4003

    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA