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Rickenbacker 4003 FG

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When 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: Rosewood with triangle inlays
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 845 mm
  • Nut width: 42.9 mm
  • Schalle deluxe machine heads
  • Pickups: 2 Single coil bass pickups
  • Weight: approx. 4.1 kg
  • Colour: Fireglo
  • Case included

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Thomas W. 636, 04.11.2012
Der Rickenbaker war schon immer der Bass meiner Träume. Er spielt sich sehr leicht, klingt genial und ich fühle mich Lemmy Kilmister ganz nahe. . . .
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C'est une histoire de vieux couple...

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superbeber, 09.10.2016
17 ans déjà. Et je ne changerais pour rien au monde.
Elle et moi, sur mon vieux Marshall 4x10 combo-bass préamp à lampe de 200w qui lui en a 22 (ans)...
La 4003 est une basse assez peu polyvalente. Elle est Rock. Et ce n'est pas notre regretté Lemmy qui dirait le contraire.
Pour ma part: Rock garage, Punk-Rock.
Si j'avais voulu une basse pour LE SON, dans la même gamme de prix (2000-2500? actuels), j'aurais surement opté pour une basse active, une Précision ou une Musicman.
Ceci dit, le son typé vintage de la Rick est vraiment top, avec un petit "grain" de lampe en plus derrière... On a des basses amples, long-scale, manche traversant, extrêmement agréable à jouer.
Le choix des cordes aussi, est important. Perso, des Optima 2319, plaquées or (la classe). Un son généralement trop médium-aigu, ou cristallin, au goût de la plupart des bassistes. Mais hypoallergéniques, elles sont mes préférées les longues soirées suintantes estivales Rock'n'Roll... et le son des cordes neuves: addictif. 1 jeu 2 mois grand max.
Pour finir sur la Rick, j'ai aussi choisi ce style (quasi-légendaire) de basse pour le look. En Fireglo, elle accroche l'oeil.
Et pour le poids! L'âge faisant, les bûches Fender et Musicman (entre autres), faut se les remuer.
Au bout de 2h de concert, mon dos aime la Rick...
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30.05.2016
This is the 4th Rickenbacker I've owned.

I 'ummed and arred' about getting another, until I saw the walnut and maple 4003, but should it be the 4003 or the 4003S? The slab body, binding and gloss finish of the 4003 is pure Ric, but something about the slimmed down and contoured 4003S really appealed to me. I bought one.

Thomann seemed to be the only people in Europe with one in stock, and having dealt with them many times before, I knew it would be an easy purchase.

It arrived in the UK in 4 working days and was packed in its case, in a box, in another box. Top marks.

Mint condition, all the case candy as expected.

Much lighter than a maple 4003. Little bit of neck dive, but nothing annoying or problematic.

How does it sound? Truthfully? Like the Ric you hoped it would. On the bridge pickup, growly, snarly, full bodied, with that treble bite that just cuts through like no Fender ever can (I have 3 Fenders as well!!)

The neck pickup is always the Ric weak point, but it's mellow and refined. With the selector switch in the middle position, it calms the bridge pup but without deadening the overall tone.

I thought I'd prefer to run the Vintage/Modern tone control in the classic 4001 vintage position, but it actually sounds so much better in the modern position that I can't see me using it much.

Overall verdict - superb build quality - I know there have been issues with Ric QC in the past. Awesome sound (if you like the Ric sound) Modern feeling neck - Precision wide, but not a fence post. Wide range of tones. Lightweight(ish) body.

Very, very happy with it :-)
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Rickenbacker 4003 FG
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€2,090

Electric Bass When 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
  • Neck: Maple
  • Body: N/A
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Pickup system: JJ
  • Elektronics: Passive
  • Case included: Yes
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Incl. Bag: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Rickenbacker 4003 Walnut
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Rickenbacker 4003 Walnut
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€1,945

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,...

  • Limited: No
  • Colour: Natural
  • Soundboard: Walnut
  • Body: N/A
  • Neck: Maple
  • 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
Rickenbacker 4003 JG
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Rickenbacker 4003 JG
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Rickenbacker 4003 JG electric bass, maple body, maple neck (neck through body type), Caribbean Rosewood (Metopium Brownei) fretboard (with triangle inlays), 20 frets, 845mm scale, 42,9mm nut width,...

  • Limited: No
  • Colour: Black
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Body: N/A
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Pickup system: JJ
  • Elektronics: Passive
  • Case included: Yes
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Rickenbacker 4003S W
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Rickenbacker 4003S W
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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...

  • Limited: No
  • Colour: Natural
  • Soundboard: Walnut
  • Neck: Maple
  • Body: N/A
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Pickups: SS
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Pickup system: JJ
  • Elektronics: Passive
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Case included: Yes
  • Incl. Bag: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Rickenbacker 4003 MG
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Rickenbacker 4003 MG
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Electric Bass When 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...

  • Limited: No
  • Colour: Natural
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Body: N/A
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Pickup system: JJ
  • Elektronics: Passive
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Case included: Yes
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Rickenbacker 4003 MID
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Rickenbacker 4003 MID electric bass, maple body, maple neck (neck through body type), Caribbean Rosewood (Metopium Brownei) fretboard (with triangle inlays), 20 frets, 845mm scale, 42,9mm nut width,...

  • Limited: No
  • Colour: Blue
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Body: N/A
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Pickup system: JJ
  • Elektronics: Passive
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Case included: Yes
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Rickenbacker 4003 RBY
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Electric Bass Body: Maple, Neck-through body maple neck, Fretboard: Rosewood, Triangle inlays, 20 Frets, Scale: 845 mm, Nut width: 42.9 mm, Schaller Deluxe machine heads, Pickups: 2 Bass single...

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