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Rickenbacker 4003 neck pickup

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MIgroove22, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. MIgroove22


    Apr 5, 2011
    I just got a Rickenbacker 4003 on 12/21/11, and when the pickup selector is in the neck pickup position, sometimes it won't work. I made sure i'm plugged into the standard jack and not ric-o-sound, and when it stops working if press a string down on the pickup it starts working again. Please help it's starting to get annoying and if its something easy that would be a big help.
  2. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    by your description, it sounds kinda like the string is completing the ground making it work.
    carefully loosen the strings and remove the pickguard and check the wiring for a loose or broken ground on the pickup ( it's the shield on the two conduction lead wire).
  3. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    It is probably the toggle switch. I had a 4003 that did that. I bent the prongs on the toggle and it worked fine.

    Also check for cold solder joints.

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