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Rickenbacker 4003 Bass   

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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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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 287 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (252)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (47)
  • Fun to play (44)
  • Good feel (40)
  • Good pick up (37)
  • Solid electronics (34)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Recording (43)
  • Jamming (41)
  • Practicing (41)
  • Rock concerts (35)
  • Small venues (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (35), Professional musician (16), 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

Great feel

By JC

from Chicago Il

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

    I received the Bass and noiticed that the toggle switch for the pickup was not working and I returned for exchange. I didi okay the bass for awhile and the neck feels very comfortable. I play usually Fender basses and along time ago did not like the feel of a Rick. At theTime of writing this my replacement guitar has shipped and I'm waiting for it anxiously. The bass has great sound and feel. Every collection needs a Rick

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    5.0

    Love the 4003. The JetGlo is gorgeous.

    By Jim

    from Atlanta, Ga.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great bass for the right player

        By Uno Nymous

        from Dallas

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • String rattle

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

        I've had one of these for years. The long scale requires a high action as there can be some buzz, particularly if you honk on it. The cover of the back pu may look nice in a catalogue but is totally in the way. It is easily removed from the bezel. The character really changes, depending on the amp and cabinets. I used a dual rig (tube and solid state) with an A/B pedal and basic FX (compressor & envelope). As for the electronics, I have no use for stereo and ran it straight.
        If you are looking for that McCartney / Squire tone, this is the axe. If you are more of a Lemmy fan and like to slam the heck out of things with distortion and effects, a cigar box with rubber bands and a pickup should cover it. But then it would not have the cool lines of a Rick.
        As for the looks, I admit that I hate the red fingerboard, but that's how they make 'em. The physical balance is excellent for most players, but for me, I prefer it higher and more level, so I bought a lefty and restrung it righty. I also popped on a thumb block from an old Precision and was ready to go.
        For me, a Rick and a Stingray "cover the bases" very well.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best bass I have played

        By jerry the race car driver

        from Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        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 would like to point out that the Midnight Blue is MUCH darker than the photo suggests. Almost has a purple tint to it- and so dark it almost looks black in dimmer lighting, but its very pretty.

          I am primarily a guitar player but I have played bass now and then for many years. For me this is the best bass that I have played. The feel of it is so comfortable and it just makes me want to play it more. Its very light, has a great tone and responsiveness, and just happens to look really cool. I normally play five or 6 string bass as I prefer extended range but I find myself playing this bass more than the others because it feels so good and still sounds great!

          It is a bit expensive but definitely worth it, especially if you are going to be playing professionally.
          I would recommend this bass for just about any style. very versatile - watch some videos of people demo-ing it online if you are thinking about it.

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          5.0

          Beautiful

          By Lauren

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

          This is the second Rickenbacker I've own and nothing beats them. Fantastic!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love it

          By Jp

          from NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording

            Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

            Little pricey, but there's a lot of tone options, plays great, classic look, a real beauty.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome!!

            By gtsitt

            from Eastvale,Ca

            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
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

              This Bass is Awesome! Has a unique feel and tone that is Killer...

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Issues...

              By Bass Player

              from Washington State.

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

                Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                Love the 4003. Great bass usually. Had a warped neck out of the case.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Paul McCartney

                By tric

                from forest falls ca

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Loved this Bass fom the time I saw McCatney play
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Good and punchy sounds full like a piano
                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                  Recoding, and Live

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Maybe the best musical purchase I made to date.

                  By no nickname

                  from Ringoes, NJ

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics
                  • very comfortable using during performance

                  Cons

                  • No complaints whatsoever

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 4003 Bass:

                  Very happy with the purchase

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