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Rickenbacker Bridge question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AB53211, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. AB53211


    Apr 15, 2004
    I bought a 75' Rick 4001 a couple months ago and I just noticed a design flaw, you have to take the strings off to adjust the intonation :eyebrow: I'm not sure what they were thinking. Are the new ones like that?
  2. yup. (i have a year old 4003)

    at least i havent figured out how to do it without taking them off.
  3. AB53211


    Apr 15, 2004
    wow..... that's.........really stupid
  4. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    I have a '76 4001. Yup, the bridge is a bit of a disappointment.

    I got the Hipshot replacement bridge and I'm very happy with it. Adjustments are very easy to do. The weight of the Hipshot is noticeably greater than the Rickenbacker. I mean, I noticed it when I was carrying it in the case. I'm not sure that it affected the sound, but many bassists do like a high mass bridge.

    And.... well, it looks very cool.

    Check eBay. There was a store in Millersburg Ohio (Amish country don't you know) that was selling them for a fairly good price.
  5. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Yeah, gotta love that Rick bridge. Apparently they've redesigned it for this year and I'm really curious to see what the changes are.
  6. FYI

  7. loendmaestro


    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    Yeah, Rick is supposed to unveil that anyday now. I heard it was a drop in no mod design. If so I'll outfit all 3 of my Ricks with it.
    The Rick bridge has been the same for what, 40 years now?