Rickenbacker 4003 pick-up pole pieces?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fakeneckplate'65, Nov 22, 2017.

  1. How many of you that have a post 2006 Rickenbacker 4003, adjust the pole pieces to the radius of the fretboard?

    I adjusted the poles of the front pickup to 10/64" & the poles of the bridge pickup to 13/64" respectively.
  2. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    Not sure if my tech adjusted the pole pieces when he did the setup on my 4003S (needed a new setup due to changing to BEAD tuning). Sounds perfect, though.
  3. When I checked mine, the A & D string poles were between 3/64" & 4/64" further from the strings than the E & G.

    It did occur to me that on my jazz bass, thunderbird etc, that the pole pieces are not adjustable, there for not the same distance from the strings either.
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  4. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    Yeah. I don't worry about it much. My T-bird's pickups don't even have pole pieces, as they're blade style pickups under the cover.
  5. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    I left my pole pieces alone. Raise them with restraint. If you raise them too much, they will begin to lose their magnetic strength which they get from the bar magnet underneath. Sort of a Catch 22.
  6. Hmm, admittedly, I am very ignorant of pickup construction.

    I feel like the bass sounds a little more " tone-ful " to me anyway. Unless of course it's a placebo.
  7. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    If it sounds good, great! That’s all that counts!
  8. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Don't worry, so are Rickenbacker in the main. :D
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