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Rickenbacker 4003 Bass  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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 298 reviews)

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    (261)

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    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (3)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (56)
  • Fun to play (52)
  • Good feel (48)
  • Good pick up (43)
  • Solid electronics (40)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (5)
  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Recording (50)
  • Jamming (48)
  • Practicing (48)
  • Rock concerts (41)
  • Small venues (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (44), Professional musician (18), 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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(20 of 27 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.

    (18 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

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

    By brconflict

    from Nashville, TN

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • It sounds like a Rick
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • expensive
    • Low QA
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

    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.

    (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great tone, but Uncomfortable

    By JK

    from Minnesota

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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.

    (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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

    By Salicete

    from Olney, MD

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    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.

      (10 of 10 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.

        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Hands Down My Favorite Bass 4003

        By Samuel Guertin

        from Washington DC

        Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

        Like I said, this is my favorite bass. I love this bass so much that I'm contemplating on buying another in Mapleglo. It's given me more motivation to practice and become a better musician, so that alone was worth the investment. Compliments and quality aside, it is a rather expensive instrument and while the price and inavailability, add to the allure and reputation of a Ric, it sucks not everyone can own this bass. However, this bass is worth every dollar you put into it. Other than a Fender VI, I'm not sure I'll play another bass again. Love it.
        By far my favorite bass I've ever owned (2011 Rickenbacker 4003 Jetglo). Up until this purchase I owned a Mexican J, an American standard J, and an SG bass. I was blown away when I first heard the sound, enough so that I actually sold my J bass and SG bass so I could buy it. Great ric pick ups, three way selector, bass volume, treble volume, with corresponding tone knobs. The new 4003's have a push pull selector on the treble tone knob, that variates between a standard and "vintage Ric" sound. Definitely capable of creating an array of sound, it's no Gretsch White Falcon bass with all those knobs and what not, but the tone is to die for. Classic Ric sound, nothing like it.
        Beautifully made. As expensive as Rics are, it's definitely worth the money. Where as Gibson and Fender have moved production overseas and forgotten about quality (production errors, shoddy construction, cheap labor/materials on non-American models), Rickenbacker sticks to its original values and makes a real quality instrument. Beautiful wood, inlays, and finish. I've gotten hundreds of compliments on the Jetglo (mostly from non-musicians) so I figure it looks pretty bad ass. Expensive, but definitely worth the price.
        Expensive, but worth it. Made in America, and with good maintenance and care it will hold its price. Comes with a newer hardshell case, I love the look of the vintage silver and blue Ric cases, but I have a feeling the case it comes in might be a bit more durable. A Rickenbacker is a great investment, and while I try not to think about money when looking for a prospective guitar/instrument, I'm certain it will hold it's price over the years (at least in comparison to more mass produced models).

        (9 of 10 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.

          (8 of 10 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.

            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Expensive, but worth every penny

            By Chris s

            from Austin, TX

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • expensive

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

            I really couldn't be happier with this Ric. The neck is more slender and the fret board slightly wider than the '87 Jazz Special I've been playing. The action was perfect, right out of the box, and it plays like butter, all the way up the neck. It sounds terrific, great sustain, and is, contrary to reputation, easily as versatile as my Jazz. The push/pull knob (which I use a lot) and the Ric-o-Sound (which I have yet to use at all!) are welcome additions. The pickups are maybe not quite as hot as the Jazz, by about 10%, but it hasn't been any sort of issue for me. I suppose if you are playing with everything at 11 it might cause trouble, but if you are at 11 all the time it is time for a new rig anyway, right?

            It's surprisingly light for a big bass and has a balance to it that is not apparent until you spend some time with it. You can hold it with one finger under the upper bout.

            Comes with Schaller strap locks installed, so get your strap ready for it. They'll work with an unmodified strap but the nuts are smaller than the regular strap nut, so you are asking for trouble. You are spending that kind of money on a bass that will last you the rest of your life, drop 20 clams on the strap locks.

            Finally, it isn't the most important thing but this bass is just beautiful - classic, distinctive lines, and a killer gloss finish. There's a whole world full of ugly, indifferent looking basses and the 4003 really stands out as a distinctive, classic look.

            Highly recommended.

            (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Beautiful tone and looks, but imperfect

            By dtle

            from toronto, canada

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            Pros

            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

              This bass looks amazing, and sounds amazing too. Great low end growl. The problem is it's not a comfortable instrument to play...*at all*. The fretboard is too narrow for my liking, and I don't like the lacquer used to cover it.

              The biggest problem though I find its just flat out uncomfortable to play because of the sharp edges on the front of the guitar. after playing my 4003 for a couple hours my hand feels way more cramped vs. my precision basses with their rounded edges.

              I wanted to *love* this bass (i own 4 rickenbackers), but i only like it. Really, how an instrument feels in the hands of the player is so subjective. My gripes about the 4003 may not be an issue at all to someone else. Bottom line, try it before you buy it, if possible.

              I don't regret buying it, because I do play it occasionally and it looks beautiful, but if my house was burning down, i'd be grabbing a P bass before my 4003.

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love the 4003. The JetGlo is gorgeous.

              By Jim

              from Atlanta, Ga.

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                  The JetGlo is my 2nd 4003, I also have a MapleGlo. Both purchased at Musician's Friend. Very good experience there. I own a few other basses, but I keep coming back to the Ric. It feels right and the tone is what I want. I use the Ric'O'Sound output to run each pickup through their own preamp, which helps me get the tone I want, especially for low end when using the vintage setting on the bridge. I find a bit of fret noise is to be expected if you really want that Ric 'clank' and bright tone. Properly setup, this won't be a problem through the amp. The bridge is painful for setting intonation, compared to other bridges. I remove the bridge pickup cover and use a treble bezel cover, which is not too difficult and improves the playability substantially, while preserving the appearance. Be prepared to spend a couple of weeks or more to dial in the setup. And you will need to get help with that, as the info in the manual is a bit sparse. I use RotoSounds, and find I get better results with 0.80 on the A string than the stock Ric string gauge. For some reason, there is a resonance/rattle that occurs with the stock A string, at least on both 4003 RIcs I own. Regardless, the larger A really makes that string come alive, in my opinion. If you don't want to work this hard to get the sound you want, the Ric may not be for you. An American Standard Jazz, for example, also looks and sounds great, and is much easier to setup. But the Ric will reward you with tone difficult to achieve anywhere else if you are patient. If, like me, your initial interest in the Ric stems from a desire to reproduce that Chris Squire-Fragile/Geddy Lee-Hemispheres tone, you will likely be disappointed to find this is only the beginning of that journey. Multiple preamps, amps, a mixer, etc., and lots of work on technique are necessary to obtain every nuance of their tone.

                  (6 of 11 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!

                  (6 of 7 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 =)

                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing Bass

                  By DevinN

                  from Gackle, ND

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Not Many Contours

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 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 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.

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Great tone and feel, bad QC from factory

                  By Studer Fan

                  from Baltimore, MD

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                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • Poor finish
                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
                  • Poor Shipping

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                  Two major problems with the bass:
                  1. the finish had a defect near the input jack, which should have been caught during inspection. It's too expensive to ship back to Rickenbacker, so I'l have to eat it.
                  2. the mono input jack is defective, will not reliably hold a plug. Again, to ship it to Rickenbacker just for this is too expensive, so I'll have to eat the cost of having it replaced. I wish they had done a better inspection. Made in USA doesn't necessarily mean it's without issues.

                  The tone is awesome, twangy midrange punch with a respectable bottom end. The bass feels great, the neck is thin and fast, and the pickups are good quality. Fender or Gibson players will need time to adjust to the layout of the knobs, but otherwise, it's a nice feeling, nice playing bass!

                  (6 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  warning! buy at your own risk!!!!!!!

                  By unknownbassman

                  from somewhere usa

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                  Pros

                  • Cool To Have
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Its A Rick
                  • Over Priced

                  Cons

                  • Inconsistent Neck Profile
                  • Over priced
                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                  Best Uses

                  • Collectible Only
                  • Just To Show Off

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                  when I first played this bass I was vary happy:) but this bass scares me! every time I play it I'm afraid that I'll break it.and if you do good luck finding replacement parts(for example the pick up). another thing is don't just judge it based on reviews and videos, because the profile of this bass is vary weird. so try to find one that you can play.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice Bass

                  By JC

                  from Chicago Illinois

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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:

                    I own a Fender Bass and owned a fender 30 years ago. Back then I tried a Rickenbacker but it wasn't for me I recently became interested again in a Rick for the sounds and also it's a cool looking bass. The bass has a Great field to it and the neck is also very comfortable to play. Every bass enthusiast should own a Rickenbacker.

                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    There is nothing like a Rick !

                    By Fred

                    from Rockledge Fl

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics
                    • The Sound Is Everything

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Great Rock N Roll Bass
                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                    Great clarity , super sustain , great balance when strapped on , craftmenship is second to none !

                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A STELLAR BASS! BUT NOT FOR EVERYONE

                    By pioneerofdisaster

                    from planet earth

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Inconsistent Neck Profile
                    • Poor Customer Service

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues
                    • Works Everywhere Anywhere

                    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                    rickenbackers are an aquired taste, great craftsmanship, value holds bar none.sound fantastic to me! my only beefs are personal,its almost impossible to penetrate the thick wall of their customer service. the neck profile is too big for me,while they did flatten the neck profile in the past year or so, they beefed up the sides of the neck,making it the same in turn as before. not for small hands or people with any hand issues. WISH they had a year to year neck profile chart

                    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    RICKENBACKER 4003 2011 MODEL IN JETGLO

                    By george lynch

                    from scotland, uk.

                    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                    i have owned several rics through the years, my favorite finish is jetglo with fireglo in second place, all the rics i have owned all sounded different, the best one i had was way back 1982, i found it in a musical swap shop in glasgow, it had a bit of damage on the upper neck, i repaired it myself with filler and enamel paint. the bass sounded amazing growling e string and clear highs, a year or so later i wanted a brand new model , at that time i waited 2 months for the bass it arrived and it was awful, e string was a dud, screws were hanging out, and it just sounded terrible nothing like my jetglo. i sent it back to rickenbacker and got a refund, i have just purchased a brand new 2011 jetglo 4003 manufactured at the begining of august, i had a choice of 7 rics in the shop that day, a fireglo, a midnight blue ,4 jetglo, and a maple. the one i chose was the heaviest bass out of them all and it just sounded so much better than the rest , i regard myself as being very lucky to have had the choice , i can honestly say this is my best rickenbacker 4003 ever it just sounds so musical as a bass , everything is right about it . so if you want one i suggest you try as many as you can , which can be difficult you might be lucky to have the choice of 2 in any particular store, as they all do sound very different, which did surprise me, but you will find one that suits you. so just go for it and enjoy probably the most famous bass on the planet, you cant beat a ric for looks and in my opinion the sound it just growls with ease and class. and they are also a very good financial investment also.

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