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Rickenbacker help

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jag872002, Jan 8, 2012.


  1. jag872002

    jag872002

    Jun 16, 2009
    I have a Rickenbacker bass that seems to be going in trouble. There seems to be lines in the body and in the headstock were the wings were glued. What is making it do that? Is it starting to shift?
     
  2. How about some pics??
    It would be much easier for us to try to help with those.
     
  3. Pics please.
     
  4. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    My favorite Rickenbacker is a 1993 4004 converted to a 5 string bass. It has finish checking lines on the headstock. These are not structural problems on my bass.
     
  5. jag872002

    jag872002

    Jun 16, 2009
    Im going to try just a sec
     
  6. Probably, the lacquer is settling.
     
  7. jag872002

    jag872002

    Jun 16, 2009
    I tried to take picture. It wouldnt show on the piture. It didnt have the three lines until the last year. I keep it next to a window, think that might be it.
     
  8. AtomicPunk

    AtomicPunk Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2007
    Detroit Metro, MI USA
    Sounds like the body wings might be coming apart due to heat? Proper care and feeding of your bass will keep this from happening!
     
  9. jag872002

    jag872002

    Jun 16, 2009
    What can I do to stop the wings from coming apart.
     
  10. You can see the lines where they were glued together but can you feel it? i wouldnt be to worried, what year is this? my 2011 MID i sent back was super visible where the wings were glued on ,the one i got in return was also very visible and on the headstock to , my 2011 mapleglo is not but that maybe because its natural
     
  11. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Are the lines simply witness lines where 2 pieces of wood are glued together. If it is seperating then there will be more than a line. There will be a crack. There is a difference between a line and a crack.
     
  12. jag872002

    jag872002

    Jun 16, 2009
    Not cracked. Theres three lines on the body. Theres also a lines on the headstock. Its a 08 wasnt like that until the last year maybe lil longer
     
  13. tkcthulu

    tkcthulu

    Nov 15, 2010
    Calgary, AB
    What color is it? Sounds normal to me.
     
  14. jag872002

    jag872002

    Jun 16, 2009
    black
     
  15. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    like I said ... it could just be witness lines.
     
  16. ric4682

    ric4682 Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    I have a black 2007 Jetglo 4003 and it has these lines on the back for the wings and at the headstock, too. I believe it's just from the wood expanding and shrinking due to temperature and humidity differences and the finish showing that.
     
  17. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Sweetwater Sales Engineer
    I had an 08' and you could see the lines. Doesn't speak well for the company, but the bass played and sounded perfectly fine.
     
  18. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    on a ric (and any brand) it's usually caused by the different shrink/expand rates of the woods that are glued together. it doesn't mean that it's coming apart. the wood moves a little but the finish doesn't so the finish can have hairline checking lines at the joint.
     
  19. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    I would move it away from the window anyway, avoiding it heating up from the sun's rays, especially being a black bass.
     
  20. And keep it away from any floor registers cranking out heat.
     

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