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Rickenbacker 4003 Left-Handed Bass

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The Rickenbacker 4003 Bass is famous for ringing sustain, treble punch, and solid underlying bottom end. It's also famous for its distinctive, elegan...Click To Read More About This Product

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The classic Rickenbacker bass!

The Rickenbacker 4003 Bass is famous for 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 fret inlays, stereo output, neck-thru-body construction, double truss rods, and high-output single-coil pickups with wide response range and unbelievable clarity. This Rickenbacker Bass includes a standard case. 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.

  • 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

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Rickenbacker 4003 lefty

By ukfin

from Greenacares, FL

Nothing to say that hasn't been said already. Great tone, great sustain, cannot put it down due to great playablity. Slim neck and just a down right sexy bass!


The Other Must Have.

By Beatles4ever

from B'gosh

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I use it for recordings mostly and depending on the hall we play at I'll bring it along to the gigs. I have the fire glow model which always gets the gear gawkers attention. If you have the Jazz bass, then this is the other flavor you'll want to get if you want something thats smooth and projects well and yet can be low end subtle. If there was one snit that I would have would be the cycle hum you get from the pickups depending where you play for gigs. But overall the bass is what it is, and that is a classic.


You get what you pay for

By basswarp

from Forest Hills, NY

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Noteworthy sound. Very easy and comfotable to play. A Classic!


My Prized Possession

By Jimmy Rothery

from Sydney, Australia

7 years ago I went into a store to buy an amplifier for my Jazz Bass when I joined a new band ...I saw the lefty Rick and there was no second thought - sold. It's black with white trim just like the one shown here, and is from 1978, excellent condition. I will never part with it. I like using it when recording - no other bass can replicate the sound exactly. I also have a left handed Hofner ( I'm a Beatles nut), and a Cort, although when playing in bands I always used Fender or the Rick. I think the design of the Rickenbacker is brilliant - it's both vintage and futuristic. They add a unique look and sound. The sound can be so fat and solid when mixed right in a live situation.


Great Bass!


from Waterloo, NY

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I have always wanted a Ric, much for the same reasons as anyone who wants one. Now that I own one, I,m not disappointed. I will say that it took some getting use to. I've played Jazz style bass' from the begining and they play differently. Modify your playing style for this Bass and you will fall in Love. Plugged in they have a sound that screems Rickenbacker, Big bottom with a bite. I use an Overdive pedal for fill, bite and a big Rush. Pun intended. Everything I had hoped for!


Good as it gets!

By SmileDANGiT3x

from Cotulla, TX

I first learned of these gemsthrough Geddy Lee of RUSH. Ihad to know...I now LOVE!Enough said.


What a bass.

By PaulWilbury

from San Diego, CA

I have got to say: What a freakin' piece of equipment! I'm a big Beatles fan (I own a vintage Hofner violin bass ) and I find that this Rickenbacker has a much richer, smoother sound. Not to do a comparison between it and the Hofner, but I had no idea there was something better. I remember having the option and going with the Hofner because it was so light and evenly shaped, and turned out to be a good beginner bass. I found a guy who owned a Rickenbacker with the trim like this one, and I fiddled with it a bit. I love it! I can't wait to get one.


Great sound!

By Jeremy-0QfqT

from Renton, WA

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I love Rickenbacker basses, they have great sustain, clarity, and a great overall sound, even for slapping!


WOO! This is the best, most playable sounding bass

By John-ydDeU

from Claremore, OK

WOO! This is the best, most playable sounding bass in the world! The bass of the Gods!


Unique sound !!

By JakFan

from Miami, Fl

Beautiful shape, gorgeous binding over body and neck, fast neck, feels awesome and most of all it has a particular sound. Especially the neck pickup, gives a nice woody sound not found in any other bass. It's my favorite instrument.


Rickenbacker 4003 lefty

By stevietee

from galesburg,il

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The Rickenbacker 4003 meets all I demand from a guitar, and is now my main axe. I did have to set it up, as it was pretty basic. Had it setup very quickly, with no problems or redos. I have 3 basses, the other good one is a Carvin LB75. While a very good guitar, and I mean VERY GOOD, I wanted a crisp punchy bite. I'm very pleased with the Ricenbacker 4003. The only downside, a fair amount of pickup noise thru the amp, while the Carvin is absolutley nill.

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