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Rickenbacker 4003 Bass Fireglo 

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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, el...Read More

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A classic bass with a striking design and a myriad of unique features.

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

Every collection deserves a Rickenbacker. Order yours today.

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Rickenbacker4003 Bass
 
4.8

(based on 269 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (237)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (32)
  • Fun to play (30)
  • Good pick up (27)
  • Good feel (26)
  • Solid electronics (25)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Recording (31)
  • Practicing (30)
  • Jamming (28)
  • Rock concerts (26)
  • Small venues (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Professional musician (12), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing Bass

I've had this bass for about a month now, and it's one of the best basses I have played. It sound amazing, the neck feels great, and it just looks amazing! I...Read complete review

I've had this bass for about a month now, and it's one of the best basses I have played. It sound amazing, the neck feels great, and it just looks amazing! I got mine in Fireglo and the finish on it is nearly perfect. I always get complements about the tone. The only downside to this bass is that since it doesn't have any contouring on the front, so it starts to feel uncomfortable on my arm, but that's with other basses, too, so its not that big of a problem. Overall this is a great purchase and is worth every penny.

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It's a Rick, no doubt, but over-valued.

I own two 4003's, one a 1999, and the other, a 2009. Both sound great, and have the unmistakeable Rickebacker tone. The 1999 model is a bit more authentic in appearance...Read complete review

I own two 4003's, one a 1999, and the other, a 2009. Both sound great, and have the unmistakeable Rickebacker tone. The 1999 model is a bit more authentic in appearance and sound, however, but the 2009 is a little hotter, and has a slightly more slender neck. Both have some build-quality issues. Both suffer from occassional static, and jack connection problems, as well as pickup switch issues (I soldered both of mine to center the switch on both to eliminate this). The Rick logo on 1999 was bowed from factory, and the 2009 has a defective bridge. The 1999 aged fast, which looks ok, but the finish can't deal with the rigors of gigging for more than 10 years. The 2009 looks to have some corner-cutting, very noticeably in the inlays that now go to the edge of the fret-board, possibly because they're easier to seamlessly cut. I'll be honest in that I would not buy a Rickenbacker 4003 for safe-keeping or as a collector's item. Both of mine feel very cheaply produced, or with lack of QA and craftsmanship. I believe the only redeeming quality standard is in the neck and how well it maintains shape for the life of the bass, how light they are, and how well they maintain tone. Otherwise, they're quite over-priced in my opinion, and the ONLY reason I would buy another is to ensure I keep the tone that I use. Rickenbacker is still resting on its laurels, and don't seem concerned enough with quality of the instrument vs. price.

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4.0

Great tone, but Uncomfortable

By JOHN KIRCHNER

from USA, Mn

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone
  • Love The Tone And Neck

Cons

  • Uncomfortable

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

Love the tone and neck, I've wanted one since the 70s and finally got one. BUT I understand why they changed the design. This has to be one of the more uncomfortable basses I've ever played regarding the right hand. The edge of the guitar shreds your forearm (especially when you use a pick) and it seems that I'll have to find a comfortable spot to use finger style as there are a lot of edges around the pickups. Even after playing this for a short time I can see that after 4 hours it'll be noticeable. These are gorgeous basses with fantastic neck hand playablity and great tone. But I now equate owning this bass to marrying a sexy and intellegent woman, that is a really bad cook. My hope... the new model 4004 ric cooks. My Fenders all are so comfortable that it could be a factor for some of the shows.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Bass!

By Moses

from Boston

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great build quality
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

    This is one sweet bass! I got mine in Mapleglo and its gorgeous! I've used a 1991 4001 many times and I have to say I like this one way better. The 4001 was terrible for slapping, but not this one; I assume this is due to the updated electronics. This is way more versatile a bass than the 4001, but it still keeps that classic ric growl! Ive noticed its more compressor-friendly as well, which the 4001 definitely was not. I've always wanted a Ric of my own and this bass has met my expectations and more.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Immaculate

    By twangster

    from Laurel, Mississippi

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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 4003 Bass:

      Build quality is immaculate. Great tone and sustain. Dial in any tone for any type of music I play.

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      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Two Year Old Bass Sold As New

      By jim

      from sonoma

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Fret Buzz
      • Neck Wouldnt Adjust
      • Part Of Warrenty Void
      • Was A 2 Year Old Bass

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

        Musicians Friend should CHECK THE Build Date before they sell a two year old bass as new. I was given a small credit for my trouble but the neck on this bass just would not adjust poroperly. I recieved it fully tuned and warped....for over 2 years it sat that way in the box! The serial # is on the OUTSIDE and starts with the build year.
        CHECK the number in the future.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What I Have Been Waiting For

        By Jeffro

        from Greenville, SC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Performing
          • Practicing

          Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

          This is the bass sound I have been waiting on for
          years. I could kick myself time and time again for
          not picking up a Rickenbacker before now. I have been playing bass for about 10 years now and guitar for over 30, but this bass is the one you need to have in your tone arsenal. I don't like using this phrase but I will in this case, AMAZING!!!!

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I Love this bass!

          By J.R. Ellis

          from North Carolina

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording

          Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

          First of all, I had never played bass before buying the Rickenbacker 4003. However, I am an experienced guitar player, so I hit the ground running when I got the RIC. I love the sound. Yes, there is a small amount of fret buzz, but part of that is probably my picking technique. I haven't had the chance to look up the specs on it and see if the action needs to be raised, but plan to at some point. Beautiful instrument and nice case!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great bass when set up correctly.

          By Fender Freak

          from Indiana

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

            I have been playing Fender basses for many years and in the back of my mind I always wanted to have a Rick because of its unique sound. I have to confess; when I first got my Rick I was not impressed. Many people have pointed out that the setup is not always the best from the factory and I found the same to be true. I don't know if this is caused by the wood aging or if the factory just doesn't do a complete job of setting them up. I did some research online, Rickenbacker has a very helpful web site, and talked with a luthier who was familiar with Ricks before I tackled the adjustments of the bass myself. Now that I have the bass set to Rickenbacker's recommendations, the more I play it, the better I like it. The construction, finish and hardware are all top notch. There are two stand out characteristics that I like best. One, the low E string is not boomy, just smooth low end. Two, the pickups have great dynamic range. When setup properly Rickenbacker basses are well crafted musical instruments that are worth the price.

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Disappointing Durability

            By PGH BASS

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Great looks
            • Solid workmanship
            • Unique Tones

            Cons

            • Finish Adhesion Problem

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

              Purchased a Jet Glo just over three years ago. I use this bass very infrequently so much so that and it still has the original strings. When I recently took it out to play, I noticed a bubble or blister had developed in the finish near one of the pickup mounting screws. Rickenbacker would not service this because it was out of the 1 year finish warranty. One year? On a $2k+ bass? Sad.

              A quick search of the web shows that this is not a unique issue and most just live with it.

              Otherwise, a nice bass with better than average out-of-the-box craftsmanship and a very unique sound which isn't always a good thing since it tends to lack the versatility of other basses. However, if you are considering one, you probably already know what you are in for tone-wise.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sometimes dreams are great in real life

              By KyleBAnderson

              from Duluth, MN

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great Wood Quality
              • Solid Electronics
              • Stereo And Mono Outputs
              • Vintage Toggle

              Cons

              • Short Neck

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

              I have wanted a 4003 for ~8 years now. This makes me slightly basis, but I feel the basis is justified. This bass has some of the best sustain of any bass I have ever played. This bass has so much power it is gross in all the best ways possible. The neck took a little getting use to because it is the lowest action I have ever played, but the up side of this is this bass is pure speed as well. The great neck in combo with the low action and great pickup results in an easy to sound amazing bass. I would say that sometimes dreams are as good in real life as they are in your head =)

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Rickenbacker 4003

              By gpschmidt

              from Allegan, MI

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics
              • Unique Rickenbacker Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                Classic Rickenbacker bass. I like the push/pull switch for the option of getting that 4001 tone. Being that it's a Rickenbacker, build quality is excellent as to be expected. The bass was set up pretty well considering most factory setups aren't that great. Needs just a small adjustment to the action and intonation, but very playable right out of the case. They aren't for everyone. Rickenbacker's have their unique sound. However, if you like them for what they are, you won't be disappointed!

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