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Rickenbacker 4003 neck problem

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ulgen, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. ulgen


    Mar 9, 2014
    Hi all!

    There is something like a small 'bump' between 5th and 7th frets under E string, that causes problems while I am playing on e and a strings. There is no problem G side of the neck tough. However I am not able to lower strings they seem so high!

    The main problem is that I don't know any luthier here in Istanbul that I can trust enough to leave my guitar.

    I didn't want to ruin everything by doing something wrong, so the only thing I tried was changing the strings with lighter ones, I had rotosound strings with I guess the gauge of .110 on E, now I have d'addario cb80 that has a gauge of .095 in order to reduce the tension on the neck, also I was using unequal tensions on the truss rods.

    So now considering that I don't have access to a rickenbacker master luthier, I'd really appreciate your comments about solving this problem, if I can do it by myself!

    There are some pictures of my bass below. I removed all the tension from the neck, I took the strings off and opened the nuts of truss rods and the guitar waited like this for 3 days. I wrote G to some pictures to indicate that the picture is from the G side.

    Thanks a lot for help, I hope the pictures are enough.

  2. ulgen


    Mar 9, 2014
    Guys, I guess I really need your help.. I hope someone will come along to give a suggestion...
  3. harmendebresser


    Mar 11, 2010
    the Netherlands
    Endorsing Artist: Höfner, Pyramid Strings, Dr. No FX & Asterope cables
    Geez, that doesn't look good: but it does look repairable (can't help you with a good luthier in Istanbul though). Go through the search engine and look for "warped neck repair" and you're bound to find some solutions. I've seen necks in worse shapes getting fixed, but unsure if they were double thruss roddes ones like the Rickenbackers.
    Good luck!