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Rickenbacker Model 4003 Bass - Midnight Blue

The Model 4003 bass is the updated version of the famous 4001 that began turning heads in the 1960s with its distinctive sound and looks. From the British Invasion forward, the “Ric bass” has been seen and heard on countless records and concert stages.

 

Rickenbacker was one of the first companies to feature true neck-through-body construction. The maple double-bound neck runs the length of the body. The rosewood fingerboard has triangular pearloid inlay markers and a comfortable 1 11/16” nut width. The scale is 33 1/4".

 

The 1 1/4"-deep maple body is bound on the front edge but relieved on the back for added comfort. The two high-gain, single-coil pickups are routed through a 3-way selector switch, 2 volume and 2 tone controls and standard stereo (Rick-O-Sound) and mono outputs. It’s equally easy to get a thick, fundamental thump or wiry, aggressive high end—or a blend of both.

 

 

NOTE: We make try to keep plenty of Rickenbacker guitars and basses on hand. However, Rickenbacker produces only a limited number of instruments in their Santa Ana, CA, factory (they don’t offer an import line), so we can’t always guarantee when new instruments will arrive. Please call to confirm our current Rickenbacker inventory.

 

Why We Like Rickenbacker Basses

 

Rickenbacker basses have always had their own identity: an unmistakable shape with distinctive finishes, inlays and binding. The sound is unique, too. The medium-wide, flat neck is easy to play with fingers or pick. During the 60s and 70s, Ric basses offered a striking alternative to players looking for a solid-body bass—but one that was different from what everybody else was playing. Even though there are a lot more choices now, most are derivatives of a certain famous brand. But the Ric bass is still its own thing. And we think it’s a very good thing. 

 

Also worth noting: Every Rickenbacker instrument is still made in the company’s California factory, just like every one has always been.

 

Features

 

Body Type:              Solid

Body Wood:            Maple

Neck:                       Maple, thru-body

Fingerboard:           Vermillion w/ triangle markers

Frets:                       20

Scale:                       33 1/4"

Nut width:                1 11/16”

Radius:                    10”

Body Binding:         Yes

Neck binding:         Yes

Tailpiece / Bridge:   RIC Tailpiece and Bridge

Pickups:                   2 high-gain single coil

Controls:                  2 Volume / 2 Tone / 3-position selector         

Tuners:                    Schaller Deluxe

Weight:                   9 Lbs.

 

Features

Body Type:              Solid

Body Wood:            Maple

Neck:                       Maple, thru-body

Fingerboard:           Rosewood w/ triangle markers

Frets:                       20

Scale:                       33 1/4"

Nut width:                1 11/16”

Radius:                    10”

Body Binding:         Yes

Neck binding:          Yes

Tailpiece / Bridge:   RIC Tailpiece and Bridge

Pickups:                   2 high-gain single coil

Controls:                  2 Volume / 2 Tone / 3-position selector         

Tuners:                    Schaller Deluxe

Weight:                   9 Lbs.