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Rickenbacker 4003 Bass  Jetglo

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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 275 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (243)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (37)
  • Fun to play (35)
  • Good feel (31)
  • Good pick up (31)
  • Solid electronics (27)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Recording (35)
  • Practicing (34)
  • Jamming (32)
  • Rock concerts (30)
  • Small venues (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (14), 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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5.0

Best Bass,Ever! And got the best price as well. Thanks Guys!

By 

from Maryland

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

    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

    Couldn't find it cheaper anywhere..

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    You will not be disappointed

    By 

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

        I was totally amazed at the sound of this beauty. Had to turn the volume on my amp way down. The pickups are very high output. The sustain is just amazing. I am really satisfied with the quality of this bass. I had a 1979 4001 years ago but had to sell it. This bass would totally blow that one away.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Take it for what it is and you won't be disappointed.

        By 

        from Olney, MD

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

          Rickenbacker 4003 bass guitars are different. They have some eccentricities. Know that going in and you won't end up disappointed.

          Some unique traits include its body shape and weight distribution. The design that makes it so cool and recognizable also make it a bit top heavy and awkward to hold, standing or sitting. It tends to neck dive. It isn't unmanageable, but it does take a bit of getting used to.

          It does not have an edge contoured body, which seems to bother some players, especially novices, but that is easily overcome by tweaking your plucking arm position. That small shortcoming is what allows for the signature body binding that looks so good.

          Some folks seem to complain about QC issues, and to be sure, for a bass this price, it should be done right, but every manufacturer makes a dud once in a while. Most reputable retailers will gladly accept returns or exchanges if you are not happy with your gear, Musician's Friend included, so immediately inspect all new gear and return anything that isn't up to your standards, problem solved.

          I have have owned several Rickenbackers, and not one had a QC issue, or has even needed repair work for that matter, but if you are overly concerned, buy an extended warranty to put your mind at ease.

          Why a Rick is a Rick, in a good way, is because nothing else feels, plays or sounds quite like a Rickenbacker bass, period. They are punchy, growly and will cut straight through the mix, right out of the box. The Rick-o-Sound stereo output is just plain cool. Personally, I like the feel and the neck. I find them to be smooth and fast, but try one out for yourself; don't just take my word for it.

          Know these bass guitars for what they were built to be and you will not be disappointed. They weren't made to be like, or as good as any other bass, or to sound like any other bass either. They were and are built to look, feel and sound like no other bass.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Better than expected!

          By 

          from Houston Tx

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

            Better than expected both price and quality, It was great out of the box, neck is perfect, I put flat-wound strings, adjustments were easy, lowered action adjusted pickup height to accommodate string change. It sounds just like a 4003 should. No regrets.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I have always wanted to add one of these to my tool kit.

            By 

            from Pittsburgh,PA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • A Classic Bass I'm Still
            • But The Action On The
            • Fun To Play
            • Getting Used To All
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Neck Is Incredible
            • Of The Tonal Options
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

              Great action, classic styling and a really gorgeous instrument. I haven't had enough time to fully explore all of the tonal combinations, but it sounds great when I use it for '70's funk tunes.
              I can't wait to really break this axe in.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Everything I dreamed about and more

              By 

              from St. Louis, MO

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Truly Ease Of Fret Action

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                  It was like Christmas when I got it. Checked it, tuned it, with only a minor adjustment and it played head and shoulders above my Ibanez. I love the ability to adjust the tone and pickup sounds on the fly. This allows me to better match the sounds from the different eras of rock and roll.

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                  (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great tone, but Uncomfortable

                  By 

                  from USA, Mn

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  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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                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome Bass!

                  By 

                  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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                    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Immaculate

                    By 

                    from Laurel, Mississippi

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                    Ask me a question

                    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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                      (14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Two Year Old Bass Sold As New

                      By 

                      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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