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  • Elegantly curved body shape
  • Stereo output
  • Neck-thru-body construction
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    $2,159.00
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Rickenbacker

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 259 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (231)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (24)
  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good feel (20)
  • Good pick up (20)
  • Solid electronics (19)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Recording (24)
  • Practicing (23)
  • Rock concerts (21)
  • Jamming (20)
  • Small venues (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (8), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Rickenbacker Rocks

By Johnny 777

from USA

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

    While i am not yet a pro, by any means,i have played other basses and i own a few myself. None come close to this bass for fit and finish. In 1975 i played a Ric. bass in a music store and have wanted one ever since.Now i have one and i love it.It is very solidly built and the finish is flawless.It seems easier to play compared to my Ibanez sr700.The photos on the website don't do it justice.I was glad to see it came with Schaller Straplock buttons already fitted.If you can come up with the cash, get this bass. Even the case is excellent.You have to hear the sustain to believe it.The tone is good and the high end rings well.This bass is the only one you will want to play

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A great Bass

    By #9 bass player

    from Northern VA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

        First, let me address a previous review.MF sent me a bass that was built in December of 2013! Being as though it is only April of 2014 I would say that this is NOT OLD STOCK!!
        Set up was a little high but that was an easy fix. I removed the pickup cover and installed a Treble bezil cover as well as a set of flats and this bass was ready to rock! I really appreciate the little things like strap locks are standard. The deal I got was very reasonable.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sexy looks / Unique sound

        By Fritz72982

        from America

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Build

        Cons

        • Cost

        Best Uses

        • everything
        • Everything Bass
        • Everything Under The Sun
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

        This is my second rickenbacker so I will say with experience they are truly unique instruments with excellent build quality and a finish that is second to none. I find it very comfortable to play both sitting or standing. The pickup cover is a little in the way sometimes but you get used to it (or remove it). Even though their customer service can sometimes be hard to get in touch with they were very helpful. I say if you like the looks go try one and you'll find they are quite versatile sounding. In my opinion a jazz bass and p bass sound can be obtained but of course with the rick sound.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Unique and nice enough for the price

        By mellotrondon

        from Detroit

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • Unique Tone Fast Neck

        Cons

        • High Factory Action
        • Troublesome To Set Up

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

        I already owned old Gibson EB3 and Fretless Ripper, a Jazz Bass, an upright, and a couple of hollow bodies. I felt that the Ric would complete my tonal arsenal. I bought a Maple-Glo 4003 new.

        I was not disappointed in the least with the tonal quality of the bass although that seemed to be mostly due to the electronics. The pickups were rather weak output for my Humbucking-trained ears, so I installed a set of Seymour Duncan after-market coils which seemed to preserve the tonal range very well while giving me freedom from electrical noise which was a definite plus.

        As far as the setup goes, that was another story. After modifying a 1/4 inch long-shaft nutdriver and making sure the truss rods would set up perfectly straight (they did), I lowered the strings as close to the fingerboard as the bridge height screws would allow, and to my great dismay this was somewhat over a quarter of an inch at the 20th fret! Not bad for someone used to slapping a gut string upright, but I expect MUCH lower playing action from my bass guitars.
        I removed the tailpiece casting and with a Dremel
        grinder, proceeded to grind the entire bridge mounting bed away and cut out and insert a very thin plate of stainless steel in the bottom of this cavity. This allowed the string height to be lowered quite a bit and it is now completely adjustable to my satisfaction.

        I love my 4003 now and use it frequently for gigging. It is much lighter than the thick-bodied Jazz Bass and considering how expensive American made basses have gotten lately, the Ric actually qualifies as a medium-priced bass.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Bass for the Money

        By RicFiend

        from California, USA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

          This is by far the best overall bass on the market for it's price. The moment I played mine I fell in love with it. I've owned it for over 6 years now and have never regretted investing in the Ric! I play at a church, 3000+ members, and I always have people commenting and the tone that this bass brings to the mix. It is easily the best mixing and unique tone that we work with at the church.

          After playing for longer than 3 hours on your feet you start to understand how heavy this bass is, though I do not find this as a downside. All in all I believe this is the perfect bass for anyone looking for something with unmatched tone.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          None Better !

          By Fred

          from Rockledge Fl

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

            It has a sound unique of it's own . Great sustain ,more of a "keyboard" sound compared to a Fender J or P bass.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Rickenbacker 4003

            By basser4ever123

            from -----

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Actionoverall Setup
            • Factory set up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

            I've always wanted a Rickenbacker 4003. Before I made this expensive purchase, I did a lot of research and found a guy near my hometown who specializes in Rickenbacker instruments. He told me when ordering a Rickenbacker, the factory set up is god awful... and it was. I had the guy give me a complete set up.

            Besides that, this thing is a beauty. After throwing some La Bella flats on, this bass is exactly the tone I've been searching for.

            This bass is almost worth the hefty price tag. Just make sure you do your research and definitely try one out.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just do it.

            By Paul

            from WA

            About Me Experienced

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

              No issues here. The instrument is 4 months old. Perfect setup, no buzzing. Sounds and looks great. I got the midnight blue. Solid case.

              Pleasantly surprised by the Rickenbacker strings it came with.

              With the "vintage tone" toggle engaged, the 4003 sounds just like a 4001 to my ears.

              The "Rick-O-Sound" stereo feature is kinda cool, most suitable for home recording. It's not something you'd use in gig though. For those not familiar - plugging a cable into the Rick-O-Sound jack disables the regular mono jack.

              My only complaint is that it didn't come with a channel separator cable. To use the Rick-O-Sound you'll need to pick up a 1/4" stereo (male) to dual mono (female) adapter. This is not likely to be something you'll have lying around in your cable bin. (As a makeshift solution I found a Live Wire T6YQF adapter, which is a home stereo adapter and NOT intended for use as an instrument cable - but it works good enough to test the feature.) At the price, Rickenbacker could have thrown one in the case along with the other goodies.

              If you want the Rick sound, your options are NEW or USED.

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              5.0

              Just what I wanted

              By Bass players wife

              from Shreveport, LA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • It Plays And Sounds Great

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                  I bought a Rickenbacker bass for my husband as a surprise for Christmas. The sales staff was very responsive and helpful. He loves it and it was just as described on line and by the staff. I could have bought local, but this worked out the best overall.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Gorgeous Bass

                  By Fred

                  from Rockledge Fl

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  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:

                    Great sounding , sustains like crazy and great looking !

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