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Rickenbacker 4003 string guage question

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Zakmusic, Jan 23, 2012.


  1. Zakmusic

    Zakmusic

    Aug 1, 2010
    Does anyone know what is the thickest string guage a stock rickenbacker 4003 nut could accomodate?
     
  2. ric4682

    ric4682 Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    I believe I've had 110-55 gauge flats on my Ric before. I think this was fine but about as thick as it would go. This was a few years ago though. Hope this helps!
     
  3. Zakmusic

    Zakmusic

    Aug 1, 2010
    Thx for the info. Forgot to mention mine is a stock 2010 4003. Just wonder if the nut change size over the years.
     
  4. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Don't be afraid to make the nut slots wider or cut them deeper.
     
  5. ric4682

    ric4682 Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    +1
     
  6. Zakmusic

    Zakmusic

    Aug 1, 2010
    How do u do that?
     
  7. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    US
    I used a metal nail file and filed a bit off each inside wall. Worked perfectly.
     
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I use a dremmel tool ... But you can buy nut files. If you make the slots wider and go back to lighter strings the modified nut should still work.

    And if you mess up the net it is the cheapest part on your Ric bass and it is really easy to replace.

    I find that a lot of basses come from the factory with the nut cut too high.
     

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