Rickenbacker 4003 FG

Electric BassWhen Paul McCartney decided on a new bass around 1966, it had ongoing consequences for the entire world of bass: suddenly we were hearing what fantastic arrangements he was playing; melodic and simultaneously rhythmic, sometimes like a mini song within a song. Before then, the great ideas were often lost amongst the rest of the sound - only through reckless experimentation with sound controls on the old vinyl record players were we able to hear more of what was worth hearing.

The Rickenbacker Bass was primarily responsible for this sudden realisation of the bass, because only it could produce this new, special sound that no other bass guitar could match. Crisp, perhaps slightly hollow and highly penetrant.

So it is no surprise that bassists wanting to contribute to the melody chose this bass. Chris Squire (Yes) was the early master, and Mike Rutherford played the Ricky for a long time; Geddy Lee and Roger Glover prove that it is best for rocking...

Not a standard bass - quite the opposite: an exceptional bass for people who play exceptionally. The 4003 Fire Glow keeps to old traditions and won't cost you your house.

  • Body: Maple
  • Neck-through-body
  • Fretboard: Caribbean rosewood (metopium brownei) with triangle inlays
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 845 mm
  • Nut width: 42.9 mm
  • Schaller deluxe machine heads
  • Pickups: 2 Single coil bass pickups
  • Weight: approx. 4.1 kg
  • Colour: Fire glow
  • Case included

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  • Jazz
  • Metal
  • Rock

Further information

Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Maple
Neck Maple
Fretboard Caribbean Rosewood
Frets 20
Scale Long Scale
Pickups JJ
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Bag No
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Awesome

26.03.2017
The best bass for rock'n'roll or anything that requires a clear punchy sound !
Finitions are perfect, this is built to last, you get what you paid for.

At first, it seems kinda hard to handle the bridge and the pickup cover, but once you get use to it, it's all fun and games !!!

Just a little problem, regular strings do not fit in my Ric', so eather you get you nutwidth fixed or you use only Rickenbacker strings, which are just fine and quite cheap but hard to find ! (Thomann used to sell them but they disappeared from the store, 'dunno why)
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Rickenbaker 4003

Thomas W. 636, 04.11.2012
The Rickenbaker has always been the bass of my dreams. He plays very easily, sounds brilliant and I feel very close to Lemmy Kilmister. . . .
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Electric BassWhen Paul McCartney decided on a new bass around 1966, it had ongoing consequences for the entire world of bass: suddenly we were hearing what fantastic arrangements he was playing;...

  • Limited: No
  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Body: N/A
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Caribbean Rosewood
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Pickup system: JJ
  • Elektronics: Passive
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Case included: Yes
  • Incl. Bag: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Electric Bass Body: Walnut, Neck-through-body, Fretboard: Maple, Triangle fretboard inlays, 20 Frets, Pickups: 2 Bass single coils, Scale: 845 mm, Nut width: 42.9 mm, Schaller Deluxe machine heads,...

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  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Pickup system: JJ
  • Elektronics: Passive
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Case included: Yes
  • Incl. Bag: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Electric BassWhen Paul McCartney decided on a new bass around 1966, it had ongoing consequences for the entire world of bass: suddenly we were hearing what fantastic arrangements he was playing;...

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  • Colour: Black
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Body: N/A
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Caribbean Rosewood
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Pickup system: JJ
  • Elektronics: Passive
  • Case included: Yes
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Incl. Bag: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Electric Bass Body: Walnut with rounded edges, Neck-through-body, Fretboard: Maple, Dot fretboard inlays, 20 Frets, Scale: 845 mm, Nut width: 42.9 mm, Pickups: 2 Bass single coils, Schaller Deluxe...

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  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
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  • Number of strings: 4
  • Elektronic: Passive
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  • Body: N/A
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Caribbean Rosewood
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Pickup system: JJ
  • Elektronics: Passive
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Electric BassWhen Paul McCartney decided on a new bass around 1966, it had subsequent consequences for the entire world of bass: suddenly, we were hearing what fantastic arrangements he was playing;...

  • Limited: No
  • Colour: Natural
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Body: N/A
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Caribbean Rosewood
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Pickup system: JJ
  • Elektronics: Passive
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Case included: Yes
  • Incl. Bag: No
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