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Re: New Ric day - 4003 British Racing Green

Postby (CatHead) » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:29 pm

Cheers guys - will bear it in mind. Ill be taking it to my guy in the area who actually knows what hes doing with Ricks (sorted my other 4003 out a while ago when there was a truss rod problem).

Other than that its marvellous! lol
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Re: New Ric day - 4003 British Racing Green

Postby (henry5) » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:25 am

CatHead wrote:Cheers guys - will bear it in mind. Ill be taking it to my guy in the area who actually knows what hes doing with Ricks (sorted my other 4003 out a while ago when there was a truss rod problem).

Other than that its marvellous! lol


To be honest the 4003 rods are simple to adjust, with none of the quirks of the old 4001 rods. It's worth learning how to adjust them yourself if you can.
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Re: New Ric day - 4003 British Racing Green

Postby (CatHead) » Thu May 17, 2018 4:19 pm

Well, have had two pro guys look at it (including one who set up my other 4003 perfectly last time) and they cant get rid of the buzz, even after some rod /neck adjustment as it did need tightening up on the D/G side just a tiny amount. They both said the neck is 100% straight and there are no issues with the frets.

The only time I get the buzz is playing near the neck on the A string, between open and 5th fret. If I play near the bridge it doesnt happen at all. If I OVER tighten the strings (say to A#) it doesnt happen anywhere near as much. I changed the strings to the more "standard" 45-65-85-105 gauge in a blind hope that it might go away and it hasnt. Tried putting the bridge in many different positions and none seem to help. My right hand style could be described as... errr... "heavy" but it doesnt do that on my other Rics. Any ideas welcome on where the problem may be...

Its noticeably worse on fretting at 3rd fret on A.
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Re: New Ric day - 4003 British Racing Green

Postby (jps) » Thu May 17, 2018 6:39 pm

Do you have the relief set dead flat, or as close as your guys are trying to get it to?
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Re: New Ric day - 4003 British Racing Green

Postby (CatHead) » Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:03 pm

Back to the top for this one - the bass has now been to Guitar Tech Number 3. He's given it a full looking over and says that both truss rods simply arent doing anything. There isnt any noticable relief. There is a slight hump in the neck just below the 12th fret. Overtightening the strings by a semitone puts the tension back in and removes the buzz, but obviously that's not ideal.

Basically he's recommended this one go back to the manufacturer, and im at my wits end with it so might just have to do that. :roll: :(
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Re: New Ric day - 4003 British Racing Green

Postby (jps) » Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:46 pm

I've read here about the possibility of the rods flipping 180º in their channels, so perhaps removing the rods and rotating them may solve this issue.
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Re: New Ric day - 4003 British Racing Green

Postby (henry5) » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:01 pm

CatHead wrote:Back to the top for this one - the bass has now been to Guitar Tech Number 3. He's given it a full looking over and says that both truss rods simply arent doing anything. There isnt any noticable relief. There is a slight hump in the neck just below the 12th fret. Overtightening the strings by a semitone puts the tension back in and removes the buzz, but obviously that's not ideal.

Basically he's recommended this one go back to the manufacturer, and im at my wits end with it so might just have to do that. :roll: :(


Wow, that's really sad. Is it not something the distributor would look at?
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