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Rickenbacker 4003 neck&truss rod problem

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ulgen, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. ulgen


    Mar 9, 2014
    Hi, new to this forum and this is my first post. Any kind of help is appreciated..

    I have a 99' rickenbacker 4003 and until now I have been adjusting the truss rods by myself when it was needed thanks to some web sources like joey's bass notes.

    However this time I have a problem that I think I am not able to solve by myself. 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 now.

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

    So far, I tried to changed the strings with lighter ones, I don't know if it was the right action to be taken, but 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, which didn't solve the problem, then I completely loosened all the strings and both truss rods, waited around two days, but still that bump, that ''S''shape was there on the E side.

    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!

    Thanks a lot!
  2. jamesCD


    Dec 7, 2013
    Huntsville, AL
    Luthier: Carrigan Designs
    Can you post some pictures of the problem? This will make it a lot easier for one of us to help you.
    My wife and I were in Istanbul back in 07. Spent a week there. A great town with a lot of friendly people. Had some of the best seafood ever at a restaurant at the Galata bridge.
  3. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Truss rod adjustment is unlikely to help with a bump or twist on one side of a fret board. Is the bump in the wood or the fret?
  4. ulgen


    Mar 9, 2014
    Hi, I am really glad that you enjoyed Istanbul, and I hope there will be a second time for you to explore there more!

    Actually at the moment I am not near to my bass, I had to come back to my hometown because we have the elections tomorrow, on monday I will be able to post some pictures.

    But If I am to describe it more, there is no tension on the neck, on the E side there is a forward bow like a bump between 5th and 7th frets, so there is an S shape and G side seems to have so much relief.

    I will upload some pictures asap! Thanks
  5. ulgen


    Mar 9, 2014
    The bump seems to be on the wood I am afraid