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Rickenbacker 4003W  Natural Walnut 

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The Classic Rickenbacker bass has been strengthened with walnut for a solid and natural look that keeps with the traditional character of the instrum...Read More

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The Classic Rickenbacker bass has been strengthened with walnut for a solid and natural look that keeps with the traditional character of the instrument made famous for its ringing sustain, treble punch and solid underlying bass. A subtle strip of binding graces the elegantly curved body and the maple fretboard. Deluxe triangular inlays and stereo capability are standard features. Includes case.

A body style and sound that is beloved by Ric fans now in gorgeous walnut.

FEATURES
  • Body Type: Solid
  • No. Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 84.5cm (33-1/4'')
  • Neck Width at Nut: 42.9mm (1-11/16'')
  • Neck Width at 12th Fret: 54mm (2-1/8'')
  • Crown Radius: 25.4cm (10'')
  • Body Wood: Walnut
  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Fingerboard Wood: Maple
  • Weight: 4.1kg (9.0lb.)
  • Overall Length: 113.8cm (44-13/16'')
  • Overall Width: 34.3cm (13-1/2'')
  • Overall Depth: 31.8mm (1-1/4'')
  • Neck Binding: Yes
  • Fret Marker Style: Triangle
  • Tailpiece: RIC
  • Bridge: RIC
  • Neck Type: Through body
  • No. of Pickups: 2
  • Type of Pickups: Single-Coil
  • Output Type: Mono and Stereo
  • Machine Heads: Schaller Deluxe
  • Includes case

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Rickenbacker4003W
 
5.0

(based on 14 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Solid electronics (13)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Good pick up (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (9)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

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5.0

Worth The Wait!!!

By 

from Union Kentucky.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

    30 years Playing Bass, I've had An 76' 4001 an 80' 4001 and a 2000 4003 in Maple Glow. Sadly I've parted with them all over the years. When Rickenbacker came out with this Walnut Finish I quickly began saving up for it. The playability is superb. The sound quality and craftsmanship is Top Knotch. I ordered it and had to wait 2 months for Rickenbacker to make it....Longest Wait Ever! But well worth it. This is a Keeper. Glad To add it to my Forever Arsenal that I won't be selling ever.

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    5.0

    I sure missed my 4001. Hello 4003W!

    By 

    from Gettysburg, PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

      The picture of the 4003W in the catalog was too much! Memories of my 1975 4001 started to dance in my head! My Fender bass now seemed inadequate and my restored Hofner a museum piece that should not be taken outside for performances. So I dropped the big plastic and am now enjoying those luscious tones and all the things Rickenbacker owners love about this bass! Nothing looks like, feels like, sounds like or plays like a Rickenbacker, especially the walnut version. The pull pot for vintage tone is nice but I like the newer sound and tone better for my group. The set up out of the box was perfect, no need to visit the shop for any tweaks.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WHAT AN EPIC RICK!

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      from Oshkosh, WI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

        I have always loved Ricks. I have had the chance to play a 4001 & 4003 and the playability and tone was always killer. Just never could drop the paper for one. I have always been a diehard Fender J-bass man and the 1962 reissue J-bass I have is my go to always. This 4003W might have just became the new primary runner. Right out of the box, this bass is setup great. Intonation is excellent. The walnut gives this bass a slight distinct tone versus a standard 4003. I personally love it. Hands down a very well crafted instrument.

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        5.0

        My new favorite!

        By 

        from Globe AZ by way of Buffalo NY (USAF)

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

          I wasn't actively looking for a new bass, but my (purchased new) '82 4001 Mapleglow is definitely showing it's age from LOTS of playing and travel. When I seen the 4003W, something about it, I just had to have one! Waited 9 months, but it's worth it. I LOVE this Rick.
          The satin finish neck feels fast, the electronics are dead quiet, the tone is typical Rick (which is awesome) and it's got plenty of flexibility. The fit and finish are superb, and I like that it came with strap-lock buttons. The walnut really looks great, and the maple neck/fingerboard just looks right. The finish is not the typical Rick clearcoat finish, and looks beautiful. Somehow the binding makes it look classy (even for my heavy metal). I looked at the new 4003SW, and it just doesn't look as nice without the binding. The only thing I changed was adding a Hipshot D-tuner (been using one on my 4001 for 25 years, but that wasn't Rick specific. The new one is and matches the Schaller pegs nicely) and some Rotosound BS66 strings (for the D-tune). Other than that, it came perfect right out of the box, and even the Rick cases are nice quality. I've been playing Ricks for 33 years now, and this one is my favorite!

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A true diamond in the rough!

          By 

          from Boston

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

            This instrument is not only rare but beautiful. For those who own Rick 4001s or 4003s, you'll be amazed at the brightness, tone, overall feel, ease of playing, and weight of this instrument. The walnut and maple together really works. This bass has a satin finish throughout. You'll notice right away the difference with this neck vs. the common painted ones--its very fast, straight, flat, comes with low action and perfect intonation. No setup required. I own a 1976 4001 White and a 2014 4003 Ruby Red. I often play these and then switch to the walnut to then be truly amazed at the noticeable differences between them--the Rick sound is incredible and this walnut enhances whats already well known and highly sought after, enjoyed, and respected. Also, the sustain is incredible. When played acoustically the bass can be well heard--no need for amplification while song writing--truly amazing. Beautifully crafted and even smells good!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Rickenbacker 4003W is just incredible.

            By 

            from Gilbert, AZ

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Matte Finish Is Awesome
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

              Excellent instrument - setup was spot-on right out of the box. While I still enjoy playing my 2005 4003, the 4003W looks and plays beautifully and it's my new favorite.

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              5.0

              Unbelievable tone!!!

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              from Buffalo NY

              About Me Experienced

              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 4003W:

                I own 9 basses but none of them sound like a Rick. I've been wanting one for years and the price was right. That being said, the tone on this thing is absolutely phenomenal!! From old Rush, Metallica, Yes, Motorhead...these guys used Ricks and I can see why! Holy ----! I haven't needed to use the stereo output, but it's cool to have that flexibility. It takes some getting used to the bar across the bridge pickup, but trust me, it's worth the effort to adjust your style with this bass!! Worth every red cent I paid!! Get one, you will not be disappointed!!

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                5.0

                approaching divinity

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                from Kansas city, MO

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

                    My Ric 4003w arrived 20 days early. I believe this is because the one I recieved had been returned by someone else. There is a small ding on the bottom side of the bridge(not normally visible and does not effect playability or sound). I understand that for most people, you pay this much and wait this long and you demand PERFECTION. I, on the other-hand, did not want to wait any longer and can easily forgive such slight imperfections in this case. This guitar is a work of art. Quality craftsmanship like this is immediately evident to professionals and the uninitiated alike. I played it for a few days before messing with anything. I did end up giving it just a touch of relief (slight truss rod adjustment) and removed that pickup cover. (I palm-mute frequently, and this is practically necessary. The nut and bridge are perfect. The wood and build are literally awesome. The sound is very versatile, contrary to what some would have you believe. I have heard some have replaced to stock bridge for something more adjustable, but I would not take this rock-solid bridge for granted. This bass has been made virtually the same way for 65 years or so. Rickenbacker has kept this bridge for a reason. I have heard tales of regret from the replacement bridge adjustable saddles clacking around and reducing sustain. Think twice (or thrice) before you carve into this thing. I don't even like any of the aftermarket pickup bezels. It's as close to perfection as I could ever hope for.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Bass, A true Rickenbacker Classic

                    By 

                    from Orange County Ca

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

                      Rickenbacker really scored on this bass. I've owned the 4001 in the past and wanted something similar. This is even better.The feel and sound quality will not disappoint. Thanks Musicians Friend Durran and CJ really took good care of me with the order, and all my requests.
                      If you love the Rickenbacker sound and presence as a progressive Bass player, this is the guitar for you. Down low on the neck and up high. No problems playing or buzzing frets. Just good clean RICKENBACKER sound and quality. Don't delay , if your thinking of getting one.Just Do It!

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                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Gorgeous and sounds great!

                      By 

                      from Sebastian, FL

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Tone
                      • It's A Rick

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

                          I'd owned a 4003 many years ago and had to sell it, so I'd been wanting to get another Rick for some time. Finally got a 4003W, and I couldn't be more pleased. The neck is a little chunky, just like all modern Ricks, but the tone is phenomenal and it's just gorgeous in walnut. Much more growly than my '87 Jetglo 4003, and lighter to boot. Buy one! You know you want to!

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