Rickenbacker 4003 MG

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; melodic and simultaneously rhythmic, sometimes like a mini song within a song. Before then, his great ideas were often lost in the rest of the sound and only through reckless experimentation with sound controls on the old vinyl record players were we able to hear more of what he was actually playing.

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 penetrating.

So it's 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 in fact: an exceptional bass for people who play exceptionally. The 4003 Maple 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: Maple glow
  • Case included
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Colour Natural
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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A wonder for the eyes and a regal for the ears
Philippe715, 12.07.2013
This bass and at first imposing by its form but one realizes that its one
Easy to play
To the amateur of big sounds and rock
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That's just great
11.05.2014
I am a Rickenbacker fan since I first had one in my hand. It ran down my spine - it was the sound I was looking for.

First of all, the rumors that stubbornly hold on to these basses are not true. The Rickenbacker 4003 have no longer circumcised the basses at the Bridge-Pickup by condenser. In the sixties at Flatwound times it was possible to have a never-before-seen transparency in the bass sound (= Paul McCartney and many more), with Roundwounds it was possible to get the wiry sound of Chris Squire or even plucked by Geddy Lee. And many more.

The 4003 basses still have the old Rickenbacker-Drahtsound, but also the full Basspund.
I have a preference for raised basses and treble and lowered mids to get a full bass sound with sleekness and transparency. The sound always sounds full and bassy, ??giving the band the best possible solid foundation and still makes melodic play possible. I play all the controls on 10 and still get a lot of different sounds only by the way, how and where I play. So pick and pluck, front, in the back and back, it's always something very special. No matter what I try, I'm still thrilled after thirty years Rickenbacker.

In my band we only make our own songs, the Rickenbacker makes it possible for me to develop a separate sound. Sure, it's always up to the bass player, and on a fender you can recognize me, as with all the bassists, especially the way of playing, but with the Rick I get the most out of my feeling.
I have also played in a cover band for a while. Also there I experienced again and again, which at the beginning at the Soundcheck someone nümpfte the nose - for example: "Wie, kein Fender ?!" - and afterwards was enthusiastically inspired by my sound ... and this even with normal commercial pieces and plucked. On the contrary, laymen - all non-bassists - do not notice any difference, and connoisseurs know how much the Rickenbacker made the good sound possible.

Oh, the Rickenbacker 4003 from year of construction 2003 have now also the possibility to switch this old capacitor, so also offer the old sound. The is however really about thin, but merciless wirig. I know this from my new Rickenbacker 4003th, which I have bought now, to have one for Flatwounds. For me, both sounds are awesome. If I had the one, I missed the other. There was only the solution of having two backpacks.

I would criticize only the bridge. Setting the intonation is a bit fricky. But you can live with it. I had another bridge on it, now the original again made on it. All settings go when it needs to be. However, if you do not change the strings of the strings and change only one string after the other, you only have to adjust the bundle purity of the bridge and keep it for the rest of your life. The bass is absolutely solid and reliable.

The same is true with the neck setting. With the right Rickenbacker wrench, with the necessary caution - an eighth turn on both nuts, then left for one day - everything can be adjusted, from the straight neck to the commercial curvature. I have a slight curvature for my stroke strength and playing style, which I have found in several - in each case without problems - attempts as ideal for me.

Finally: Playability is great, from front to back. The stereo output is not really needed, but if you get into it, you can get caught in it. The possibility to adjust an Eq or amplifier for each pickup or the bridge pickup easily with effects and to give the neck pickup a nice bass fullness is once again really good. I use it only when we take pictures.

Conclusion: Extremely great bass, all solid craftsmanship. Of course you have to find the kind of set-up and reinforcements, but that is certainly true for every new instrument.
The rumors of a too thin or tinny sound are no longer true for the 4003. However, the sound is still its own and not everyone's thing. However, I did not experience an appearance, after which I would have heard no praise for this sound, whether in my own or cover band.
The bridge seems to me obsolete, but the technical overall is totally solid and reliable and also precisely adjustable. The bridge also belongs to the overall concept "Rickenbacker". This was only changed in the new edition, the 4004.
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