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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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OVERVIEW

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

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.

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 12 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)
  • Good pick up (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

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5.0

WHAT AN EPIC RICK!

By 

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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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      (4 of 4 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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        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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unbelievable tone!!!

          By 

          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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            approaching divinity

            By 

            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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                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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                  (5 of 5 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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                      (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Simple Perfection !

                      By 

                      from Spartanburg, SC

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast Neck Action
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics
                      • VERY light weight

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • It's Now My Go To Bass

                      Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

                      Rickenbacker has always been known for quality and this bass is no exception. The fit and finish is perfect. The walnut stain is absolutely gorgeous and the tone is dead on for any style.
                      It is such a comfortable feel and weight that makes it perfect for extended playing. It's now my favorite workhorse bass.

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                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A TOTAL ACHIEVING OF RICKENBACKER

                      By 

                      from Santiago, Chile

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Everything In This Bass
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • I Love This Bass
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • Nothing at all

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Works For Everything

                      Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

                      This bass is a reunion of the best things of Rickenbacker, plus extra amazing features. First, the neck width is a little thinner than the typical chunky 4003's made during the last decade, which makes it very comfortable and easy to play. Even when the construction has different body wings made with walnut, the distinctive Rick sound is there and intact. Amazing additions are the maple fingerborad which gives a very nice growl to the general sound; also the walnut body wings makes this bass very light, compared with the classic 4003 all made with maple. Finally, the oil finish: Besides being GORGEOUS, it gives a great sensitivity to the neck. Action out of the box was a little ackward to me, but that was corrected in 3 minutes with the allen keys. Excelent response of the truss rods and hardware. Also, the binding, inlays, hardware and finish are totally perfect. This bass is a masterpiece. Summarizing, this is one of the most beautiful Ricks 4003 even made, and also one of the fastest necks ever made for Rick basses (perhaps the exception could be those 4001 from the mid 80's with necks as thinner as a Fender Geddy Lee JB). FIND YOUR 4003W RIGHT NOW.

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