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The Rickenbacker 4003 Bass is famous for its ringing sustain, treble punch, and solid underlying bottom end. It's also famous for its distinctive, elegantly curved body shape, accentuated by a subtle ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Rickenbacker 4003 Bass is famous for its ringing sustain, treble punch, and solid underlying bottom end. It's also famous for its distinctive, elegantly curved body shape, accentuated by a subtle strip of binding, deluxe triangular fretboard inlays, stereo output, neck-thru-body construction, double truss rods, and high output single-coil pickups with wide response range and brilliant clarity. The Vintage Tone Selector activates a capacitor in the treble pickup circuit to emphasize the high end. Pressed in, you get the familiar 4003 sound, pull it out to add bite and crispness. Includes case.

Features
  • Elegantly curved body shape
  • Stereo output
  • Neck-thru-body construction
  • Double truss rods
  • High-output single-coil pickups
  • Vintage Tone Selector boosts high-end
  • Deluxe triangular fret inlays
  • Schaller Deluxe machine heads
  • Includes case
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One year warranty on finish; otherwise, 5 year warranty from date factory-stamped on warranty.


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Rickenbacker4003 Bass
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (7)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally found a good one

By The Mad Jammer

from Antelope, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

    I just bought this bass, in mapleglo, last week at GC Sacramento. I've been shopping the 4003 for months, with nothing but disappointment, until I found this guitar. The first one I bought was a 4003w, through GC.com, which was a disaster (see my review on that product). Then, after discovering that the Sac store had three of them (jetglo, mapleglo, and sunburst), I went down there in a last-ditch effort to own a Rickenbacker. I'm glad I did. One thing I've discovered about this brand and model is that they are NOT all created equal. Due to the hand-built nature of this product, each guitar is an individual, with unique advantages, character, and flaws. I set out to buy the jetglo model, but after sampling all three basses, it was clear that the mapleglo was the only one that lived up to the reputation. The sunburst model sounded good, but had a bad finish job on the fretboard. The jetglo looked good, but had a bad neck. Be careful when buying this brand, and be sure to play it first. Don't buy these sight-unseen, as I did with the 4003w. However, once you get a good one, you'll be stoked. It's a truly unique, hand-crafted piece of musical artistry, fashioned in the art deco style. I'm happy to finally own one. Shout-out to manager Will at the Roseville store, who made this possible by personally sending me a 15% discount coupon. I saved hundreds of dollars, which doesn't hurt. Thanks to one and all.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    100% + satisfied with product and service

    By Groovemeister

    from Portland Or.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

      I play at a hobby, yet very serious level. I get paid hence I may well be professional. My sound and appearance mean a lot. This Ricky does not let anything less than the best be heard or seen. Its a real attention getter.
      Not to mention I am really enjoying playing it. I enjoy hearing myself too. It is making me a better bassist already. Can't compliment this instrument enough. As much and as long as I have been a Fender Jazz Bass player (exclusively) I am not the bit least hesitant to pick this thing up and let it roar.

       
      5.0

      I love me Ricky

      By Groovemeister

      from Portland Oregon/surrounding area

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

          I am a hobby musician that performs in a rather serious context. I am not one to compromise anything in a bass, looks or inferior sound, much less poor presence. On my first outing with this Ricky in the second set I hear from the crowd " the bass players a Monster" and truth be told. They were right!
          My concerns are use of instruments that produce the tones,energy, and most important BOTTOM END that keeps a crowd on the dance floor or at least mesmerized by the sound. My J basses are the only others I will use now. But trust me, this Ricky is gonna be the Signature Bass for me now.
          I had a Ricky many years back. Still an infant bassist back then. While still an infant of sorts now I certainly know this is one bass I and anyone of a serious nature best get there hands on. My friends and fellow musicians keep asking "How do you like the Ricky" The only only answer I can give. OH MY GOSH!!!!! Don't put it off any longer folks. GET ONE NOW!!!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rickenbacker 4003

          By Patrick

          from Yorba Linda, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

            What can I say, it's a Rickenbacker!! I have a 1982 4001, and this 4003 is going to be used as an addition. The 4003 has a slightly smaller back of the neck than the 4001, which is great for those of us with smaller hands. Everything else is practically identical to the 4001 (which they stopped making back in the mid 80's). This comes from the factory with the Schaller strap locks, so that's an added benefit. The pickups are more of a higher power than the older models, so it's louder than the 4001, but a bit "bassier". The treble volume knob can be pulled out to give the "vintage" sound of the older 4001's, so I use this mode. I like the higher power of the new pickups, but prefer the older sound. In the recording studio, this records very nicely. I play in a touring heavy metal band, and this bass definitely holds its own. I also love the comments I get from people after the shows as to how awesome these basses look and sound. Absolutely a two thumbs up!!!

            (4 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Ric

            By Jk

            from Dayton oh

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

              It's too bad some of my other cheaper guitars are made so much better. Spent 6x more money on this one just to have to send it back. So disappointed.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Thunder and high end pop simultaneously

              By Jaws

              from Charleston SC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • I've played since 71 and have been a Fender guy
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                This bass is the Goddess of Thunder and Lightning. Sustain you can feel in your strap. I've been trying to get a bad sound out of it and came up empty. The first 5 frets on the E are incredibly defined, no mud. I found myself playing in the middle of the neck on the A string on my Fender USA P/J Bass with EMGs (which I love)for definition.Trying to find a reason not to play the Ric and I can't. Unless your name is Victor Wooten, this bass is better than you are.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                If I got the money i would buy this bass again.

                By Makata

                from La Paz, BO

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Feel

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                  The wood... the feel... the electronic.. The tune... The softinest... Man I love this bass.

                  (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  2ND BEST BASS ON THE PLANET

                  By Tomo

                  from Prescott, WI

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                  The only nicer bass I have ever played is my 1972 Fender Jazz!!!!! The balance is perfect & for the weight, or lack there of, it has a thick beefy sound. The coil tap helps for a punkier sound. I have owned it for about 2 months & played a dozen gigs with it. It is now my main stage bass!!!!

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