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Rickenbacker 4003W 

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.9

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good tone (19)
  • Good feel (18)
  • Solid electronics (17)
  • Good pick up (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Recording (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Rock concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (7)

Reviewed by 23 customers

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5.0

Love it , fun to play and gives me all the tone I want

By the Dude

from Albany Oregon

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

    I have owned and loved playing my 1985 4001 for 30 years , I purchased my 4003W and have retired the 4001. The neck is a vast improvement over the 4001 neck. The finish and workmanship is first class
    I get nothing but complaments when i play at Blues jams. If you see one, play it buy it you will love it.

     
    5.0

    Stunning Ric with the punch and sustain that I always wanted

    By Bigskyjero

    from Discovery Bay,CA

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • No buzzes no setup needed
    • Push pull knob vintage sound
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Walnut finish so fresh can still smell oil

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues
    • Thunder clapping house shaking rumble

    Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

    I am blown away with sound, quality, craftmenship and feel. Not going to change anything on it.

     
    5.0

    Always great playing a Rickenbacker

    By Paulie bass

    from Bronxville NY

    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 4003W:

      i have a 1975 Rick 4001 and it always played the best This one is much lighter because the body is thinner but the sound is still awesome I have been playing Jazz bases and some Warwicks the last few years but this is the sound I was looking for. Excellent instrument and excellent price

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great bass! Just add shielding and it's perfect

      By donny west

      from Long Island, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

          Fantastic bass, it has the RIC sound you're looking for and is gorgeous. But...the 60 cycle single-coil hum was VERY loud on mine. So be prepared to line the pickup cavities and control cavity with shielding, such as copper tape. I also ran a ground wire from the copper tape to the back of a volume pot. Now the bass is dead-quiet!

           
          5.0

          Beautiful Bass, best of the best

          By MattWatchingitburn

          from Boston

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording

              Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

              What else can I say, it's a Rickenbacker. Looks great. I love the Walnut, it sets it apart from the standard Jetglo. Well made and solid. I was worried it may sound to "vintage" and not deep enough, but this thing sounds amazing. Really deep solid bass but the "vintage " tone switch does exactly that, if that's what you want.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great bass

              By Old and Gray

              from Middle America

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Great for twang or low end, A great bass.

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

                Great for recording and live playing

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                You should get this

                By Patrick

                from undisclosed

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

                The best intstrument I have ever played, it was a little uncomfortable at first because I was use to a jazz bass neck and the ricks neck is a little bit bigger, but I got used to it and I couldn't be happier with it. The tone is incredible and it is a really easy and comfortable instrument to play and I would recommend everyone to get one

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The Ric 4003W exceeded all my expectations!

                By James

                from undisclosed

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Rickenbacker 4003W:

                Worth every penny. This bass exceeded my expectations with the quality of materials, craftsmanship and the wide range of sound. I have a lot of bass guitars and this one is by far my favorite. A lot of bass for the money!

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                As cool as imagined.

                By Mike

                from Columbia, SC

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                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 4003W:

                  It's a warm and cool looking Ric.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Worth The Wait!!!

                  By Jamie Rickenbaugh

                  from Union Kentucky

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                  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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