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Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass Guitar Mapleglo

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This traditional Rickenbacker bass style with dot inlays and no binding was prized by Paul McCartney and Chris Squire when they got their first 4001S models in 1964. Players cherish its traditional lo... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty

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Overview

This traditional Rickenbacker bass style with dot inlays and no binding was prized by Paul McCartney and Chris Squire when they got their first 4001S models in 1964. Players cherish its traditional look and rounded edges that many claim make it more comfortable than the 4003.

The updated 4003S version comes with the improved dual trussrod system. Of course, the famous solid bass tones, ringing sustain and treble punch we'e known for make it a dream. It' no wonder we™ve received a steady demand of requests to bring this back.

This design was once exclusive to the British distributor Rose Morris in the sixties. Iconic curves of maple form the body with a traditional Rosewood fingerboard. Dot inlays and no binding make this stand out from the standard 4003.

Includes hardshell case.

FEATURES

Neck
  • Shape: C
  • Wood: Maple
  • Neck joint: Neck-through
  • Scale length: 33.25"
  • Truss rod: Yes
  • Finish: Info not available
Pickups
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Pickup configuration: SS
  • Neck: Single-coil
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Single-coil
  • Brand: Custom
  • Series or parallel: Parallel
  • Active preamp: Not applicable
  • Special electronics: Not applicable
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 10" (25.4cm)
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut material: Info not available
  • Nut width: 1.688" (42.9mm)
  • Neck width at 12 fret: 2.125" (54mm)
Body
  • Cutaway: Double cutaway
  • Construction: Solidbody
  • Body wood: Maple
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body finish: Info not available
  • Orientation: Right handed
Controls
  • Control layout: Info not available
  • Pickup switch: Yes
  • Coil tap or split: Not applicable
  • Tone switching: No
  • Special switching: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: RIC
  • Tailpiece: RIC
  • Tuning machines: Schaller Deluxe
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Pickguard: Yes
  • Special features: Not applicable
  • Case: Hardshell case included
  • Accessories: Info not available
  • Country of origin: USA
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Review Snapshot

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Rickenbacker4003S Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

Reviewed by 14 customers

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass with a comfortable play-ability and great tone.

By Duncan Idaho

from Columbus, Ohio

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues
    • Vinatage Sound

    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

    This bass has been a welcome addition to my collection. The sounds that you can get from this bass can match any genre of music. The push/pull vintage circuit is a great addition. Nice growl when everything is dialed in. The bridge gets a little getting used to, but is rock solid.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Ric!!!!

    By Pod

    from Goddard, KS

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

      My bass arrived just as described and when it was supposed to. It is beautiful, I love it and the people at Guitar Center, especially Celso in Wichita are the best!!!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      If I had 3 thumbs, I'd give it 3 thumbs up.

      By Nathaniel

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

      I love my new Rickenbacker! It looks gorgeous, sounds amazing and plays great. I didn't think I was ever going to use the vintage tone selector, but once I started messing around with it, I loved it! It works well with older songs. It's almost like having two basses in one. I recommend getting one for your collection.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it

      By John Q

      from Verona, NJ

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

        I play guitar and now coming to play bass. The instrument is terrific - quality is great, looks great, finish (FG) is great and it plays nicely. Loving it. Case is high-quality, too.

        Need Schaller strap parts for the strap as they guitar part comes installed - fine for me since I can use the additional parts on one of my other instruments and swap the strap.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic quality

        By Gonzo

        from Scottsdale

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

          Great quality of the electronics and hardware and workmanship. Great tone, sustain, etc. as advertised. Definitely worth the price. High quality case as well. Nice!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Needed a little TLC

          By JK

          from Portland. Maine

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Great Looking

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

          Ric 4003S bass arrived needing a little TLC. Some tarnish on body and chrome work most likely due to storage and shipping, but rubbed right off.
          The A string had some fret buzz. Took bass to Guitar Center in South Portland where technician, James, took some quality time making fine adjustments. I left with a great playing axe and confidence in Guitar Center and the services you provide. Great staff in SoPo, especially like to give a "shout out" to James who clearly loves what he does and is quite proficient at it! Thank you!!!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nothing Compares .....

          By Bazz

          from Salem, Oregon

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

            You could listen to 500 bass guitars and you would always pick out the Ric, just wish they would have progressed more with a 5 string, can just picture that Ric sound thumping on the b string

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Five Stars Are not Enough

            By Jeff - Young Old Timer

            from Lakelan, FL

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great low action without any fret buzz or bottom
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • No cons whatsoever

            Best Uses

            • Church Services
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues
            • Writing

            Comments about Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

            By now you've probably seen my take on other basses, guitars and amps, and they are usually glowing reports. That's because I do a LOT of research before I buy anything and carefully consider everything first. Well, I recently discovered that one particular bass of great interest had finally come into my range of affordability, the Ricky 4003s. This is the same model that McCartney, C. Squire, R. Glover, et. al. played and made famous. I didn't get the regular 4003 because I don't need "Ric-O-Sound" (stereo), and the body edges on the S are rounded, thus more comfortable. I could only see this bass in Fire-Glo. It doesn't just pop on the stage, it explodes. At home I have to keep putting it down to do stupid stuff, y'know, like eat, sleep, etc. My other basses are getting concerned, I think. I thought I heard one of them whimpering in the corner. Actually, I cycle through them rather regularly. The push/pull tone knob opens up the old original vintage sound. That makes the tone range really, really wide. It feels good and balanced in my lap, which is the only way I play anymore, and that Ric voice is totally unmistakable and stands out differently from all the other basses in my collection. Not cheap, but worth the price to me.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful in every way

            By Raas on bass

            from Columbus

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

              I had a Ric 4001 a number of years ago while touring a lot. I recently decided I needed this particular bass in my life again. My first thought was to watch for used items online and pick one up at a discounted price perhaps. In truth, I found that I could purchase a brand new Ric for the same money range right here at good old Guitar Center. I am so pleased with this beautiful guitar in every way.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              awesome

              By TimmyT

              from Detroit

              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 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

                Perfect right out of the box!

                 
                5.0

                4003S

                By Dzzy

                from Boston Ma

                About Me Experienced

                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 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

                  For the money one of the best basses to play hands down.

                   
                  5.0

                  This is one great bass!!

                  By JC

                  from Glendale, AZ

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming

                    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

                    I'm still not that skilled of a musician but the sound this bass makes are really something!! It's a beautiful instrument too!!

                     
                    4.0

                    Awesome

                    By Tucker

                    from South Carolina

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Fret Buzz

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

                    This bass is absolutely gorgeous. The finish is perfect and the craftsmanship is top quality. My only complaint with it, is the string buzz. I do not believe this is a build quality issue. I think it is due to the large gauge strings. It will only buzz on the lowest string from the 5th fret and down. I'm going to change the strings and see if it fixes it.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great guitar

                    By Paul

                    from Utah

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass Guitar:

                    Amazing guitar. Wanted one for so long.

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