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Rickenbacker 4003SW Walnut Electric Bass Guitar Natural

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This is the walnut series version of the 4003S. The solid and natural look of a walnut body with a maple fingerboard. This version puts out even warmer bass tones than the maple version.
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Overview

This is the walnut series version of the 4003S. The solid and natural look of a walnut body with a maple fingerboard. This version puts out even warmer bass tones than the maple version.
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 4003SW version comes with the improved dual trussrod system. Of course, the famous solid bass tones, ringing sustain and treble punch were known for make it a dream. Its no wonder Rickenbacker received a steady demand of requests to bring this back.

This design was once exclusive to the British distributor Rose Morris in the '60s. 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: Walnut
  • 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
  • Accessories: Info not available
  • Country of origin: USA
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One year warranty on finish; otherwise, 5 year warranty from date factory-stamped on warranty.


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Rickenbacker4003SW Walnut Electric Bass Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 3 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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5.0

My favorite among all the Rics I have played....

By none

from Portland, ME

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • The best feeling neck of any ric, oil finish..

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003SW Walnut Electric Bass Guitar:

    Great all around rock n roll bass...

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    5.0

    i wish it was one of a kind

    By James B

    from Ok

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Rickenbacker 4003SW Walnut Electric Bass Guitar:

      as in the headline, i would like to be the only one in the world to own this incredible bass. iv'e been playing since the 60's and have played a lot of different bass' including a couple of 70's 4001 RIC's (still own one of those) and this one is my favorite. the sound, feel, and appearance, outstanding.

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      5.0

      Love my RIC's

      By TBone

      from Oklahoma

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Rickenbacker 4003SW Walnut Electric Bass Guitar:

        i've been playing for 52 years and am mostly retired from playing pro, (still do an occasional gig). i own a lot of guitars and basses (Gibson, Fender, Carvin, Steinberger and others) and this is my third Rickenbacker, first two 4001's. Now i think my 4003SW is my favorite. it came perfect out of the box, just tuned it in and started playing. did not know i was going to get the classic tone pull knob and really like the option of another tone setting and ease of engaging. i am also a fan of natural wood finishes, the walnut finish on mine is figured very nicely and looks great with the maple neck and fretboard.

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