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That's a tough one, can you please help?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by joerosen, Jan 3, 2004.


  1. joerosen

    joerosen

    Jan 30, 2002
    Tel-Aviv, Israel
    I play a RIC 4003.
    It sounds great when I play every pick up by itself. It also sounds great with both of them on the A D and G strings.
    The problem starts when is comes to the E. Using both pickups, it sounds dead. I know it's not the string, it's the 5th set (TI's flats, at the moment) I have that problem with.
    Could it be out of phase if it effects only the E strings?
    Thanks to anyone that can solve this one.
     
  2. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    Bad magnets possibly?
     
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Let's try this in Setup... moved.
     
  4. pkr2

    pkr2

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    By simply moving the E string to the A string position you can find out if it's the pick up or not. If the E string works normally in the A position you can be pretty certain that the pup is the prob. Chances are good that you have a prob with the E pup.

    Hope this helps you.


    Harrell S.
     
  5. joerosen

    joerosen

    Jan 30, 2002
    Tel-Aviv, Israel
    even if it sounds ok with every pick up by itself?
     
  6. pkr2

    pkr2

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    I'm sorry but I don't understand the question.
     
  7. joerosen

    joerosen

    Jan 30, 2002
    Tel-Aviv, Israel
    Each pick up sounds perfectly when played by itself.
    The problem starts only when I combine both pick ups, and only on the E string.
     
  8. pkr2

    pkr2

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    Sorry- I didn't read the opening post closely enough.

    Man, you've got me stumped. Wish I knew what to tell you. Has it just started doing this or has it always had this prob? It sort of sounds like a phasing prob.

    Please let us know what thae prob was when you get it sorted out.


    Harrell S.
     
  9. joerosen

    joerosen

    Jan 30, 2002
    Tel-Aviv, Israel
    Well... it started after I sold my old Peavey amp, and didn't play the 4003 for a while, till I bought the GK amp.
    At first I thought it was the strings, or the amp, but it's not.
    That's the saga.
    The first thing that came into my mind is phasing,
    but could reversed phase effect only one string?
     
  10. pkr2

    pkr2

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    If it ever played properly, phasing couldn't be the prob. The phasing of the pups can't just change by themself.

    Yes it,s possible for the two E coils to be out of phase with each other but since it played OK before, that can't be the problem.



    Harrell S.
     
  11. joerosen

    joerosen

    Jan 30, 2002
    Tel-Aviv, Israel
    I've noticed that the bridge pick up is a little (very little) off side, something like that | \.
    That can cause a phase cancelation at the E string.
    I tried to fix it, but the screw at the back of it won't move. I reversed the pick up up side down, and it helped alittle, though I'm gonna have to fix that pick up position, ain't I...?
    Thanks to all of you guys.
    Joe.
     
  12. pkr2

    pkr2

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    The E pup is not so close to the E string that the string is "choked" by the magnet is it?
     
  13. joerosen

    joerosen

    Jan 30, 2002
    Tel-Aviv, Israel
    No. It has nothing to do with it. If was, I'd have that problem while playing the bridge pup by itself as well.