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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

Rickenbacker has been turning heads and turning up ears for years. Get yours today!

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Rickenbacker4003W
 
5.0

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (6)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Recording (5)
    • Rock concerts (3)
    • Small venues (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A true diamond in the rough!

    By TheRickGuy

    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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Rickenbacker 4003W is just incredible.

      By Jack

      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 Dirty Vernon 420

        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 Keithy

          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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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Bass, A true Rickenbacker Classic

              By Hoffer

              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 StevieP

                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 Rick Kloskey

                    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 Low freq

                    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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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A GREAT RICK !

                    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
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

                      Feels good to write the first review of this model AND to get one of the first ones from Rickenbacker .(Thank you Musician's Friend !) The bass has an amazing feel to it . Sound is typically like a 4003 , (I own two , one in Fireglo)).
                      The finish is beautiful !! This bass is in very high demand right now so if you are lucky to find one , get it ! And --to Musician's Friend --thank you for your AMAZING customer service I'm a customer for life

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                      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Rickenbacker really outdid themselves.

                      By Tom P.

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

                          I'm really amazed at the workmanship on these 4003 Walnut series basses. I own 2 other Rickenbacker basses, a 2006 4003 Mapleglo and a 1979 4001 Jetglo. This outplays both of them for a number of reasons.

                          First, the neck is really quick for a Rickenbacker. The thickness is somewhere in between the chunky Mapleglo and one of the narrowest necks I've played on the Jetglo. But the best part about it is the satin finish. The paint on the 4001 slows you down, and the thick lacquer on the other 4003 is really annoying, especially when you start sweating a bit. This is so smooth and easy to play that I don't know why Rickenbacker doesn't finish all their necks this way.

                          Second, the electronics are like nothing I've seen before on a Rick. This bass is dead quiet. The electronics are really responsive - you can really unlock the full dynamic capabilities of the bass with these pickups (which seem like they've been updated for this year). For passive pickups, these really impressed me.

                          Finally, the consistency in sound at different places on the neck is usually the most discouraging thing about Ricks. This does not suffer from those usual faults. The sound out of this is rock solid and incredibly consistent - which once again, might have something to do with the pickups.

                          The bottom line is that this is a fantastic bass. If you own another Rickenbacker, the tonal characteristics of the maple fingerboard and walnut body are different enough to make this a worthwhile upgrade or addition to your collection. If you don't, this is the one to get. They're only making them for 2014, so now's your chance.

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