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Rickenbacker 4003 MG

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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 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 Fire Glow keeps to old traditions and won't cost you your house.

  • Body: Maple
  • Neck-through-body
  • Fretboard: Bubinga (Guibourtia demeusei) 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: Mapleglo
  • Case included

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une merveille pour les yeux et un regal pour les oreilles

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Philippe715, 12.07.2013
cette basse et d'abord imposante par sa forme mais on se rend compte que ses une
faciliter de jeu impressionante
avis au amateur de gros sons et de rock
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Einfach nur klasse

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11.05.2014
Ich bin ein Rickenbacker-Fan seit ich das erste Mal einen in der Hand hatte. Es lief mir eiskalt den Rücken runter - das war der Sound, den ich gesucht hatte.

Vorweg: die Gerüchte, die sich hartnäckig über diese Bässe halten, sind nicht wahr. Die Rickenbacker 4003 haben nicht mehr per Kondensator die Bässe am Bridge-Tonabnehmer beschnitten. Das machte damals in den Sechzigern zu Flatwound-Zeiten eine nie gekannte Durchsichtigkeit im Basssound möglich (=Paul McCartney und viele mehr), mit Roundwounds ergab es, wenn man wollte, den drahtigen Sound von Chris Squire oder sogar gezupft von Geddy Lee. Und vielen anderen mehr.

Die 4003-Bässe haben immer noch den alten Rickenbacker-Drahtsound, darüberhinaus aber auch das volle Basspfund.
Ich habe eine Vorliebe für angehobene Bässe und Höhen und abgesenkte Mitten, um einen vollen Basssound bei Drahtigkeit und Durchsichtigkeit zu bekommen. Der Sound klingt immer voll und bassig, gibt der Band ein bestmögliches solides Fundament und macht dennoch melodiöses Spiel möglich. Ich spiele alle Regler auf 10 und kriege dennoch zahllose ganz unterschiedliche Sounds nur durch die Art, wie und wo ich spiele. Also Plektrum und zupfen, vorne, in der MItte und hinten, es ist immer was ganz eigenes. Egal was ich probiere, ich bin nach Dreißig Jahren Rickenbacker immer noch begeistert.

In meiner Band machen wir nur eigene Stücke, der Rickenbacker macht es mir möglich, einen eigenständigen Sound zu entwickeln. Sicher, es liegt immer am Bassisten, und auf einem Fender kann man mich auch wieder erkennen, so wie das bei allen Bassist/Innen vor allem an der Spielweise liegt, aber bei dem Rick komme ich für mein Gefühl am Besten heraus.
Ich habe mal eine Weile zusätzlich in einer Cover-Band gespielt. Auch dort erlebte ich immer wieder, das anfangs beim Soundcheck jemand die Nase rümpfte - etwa: "Wie, kein Fender?!" - und nachher begeistert war von meinem Sound ... und dies eben auch bei ganz normalen Kommerz-Stücken und gezupft. Im Gegenteil: Laien - alle Nicht-Bassisten - merken keinen Unterschied, und Kenner wissen, wie sehr der Rickenbacker den guten Sound möglich machte.

Ach ja, die Rickenbacker 4003 ab Baujahr 2003 haben ja jetzt auch die Möglichkeit, diesen alten Kondensator dazu zu schalten, bieten also auch zusätzlich den alten Sound. Der ist allerdings wirklich etwa dünn, aber gnadenlos drahtig. Das weiß ich von meinem neuen Rickenbacker 4003. Den habe ich mir nämlich jetzt gekauft, um einen für Flatwounds zu haben. Für mich sind beide Sounds genial. Wenn ich das Eine hatte, fehlte mir das Andere. Es gab nur die Lösung, zwei Rickenbacker zu haben.

Kritisieren würde ich nur die Brücke. Die Intonation einzustellen ist ein bisschen frickelig. Aber man kann damit leben. Ich hatte mal eine andere Brücke drauf, habe jetzt das Original wieder drauf gemacht. Alle Einstellungen gehen, wenn es sein muss. Wer allerdings die Saitenmarke nicht wechselt und beim Saitenwechsel immer nur eine Saite nach der anderen tauscht, der braucht bei dieser Brücke nur einmal die Bundreinheit einzustellen und sie hält für den Rest des Lebens. Der Bass ist absolut solide und zuverlässig.

Genauso ist es mit der Halseinstellung. Mit dem richtigen Rickenbacker -Schraubenschlüssel, mit der nötigen Vorsicht - eine Achtel Drehung an beiden Muttern, dann einen Tag liegen lassen - lässt sich alles einstellen, vom völlig geraden Hals bis zur handelüblichen Krümmung. Ich habe für meine Anschlagstärke und Spielweise eine leicht Krümmung drin, die ich in mehreren - jeweils problemlos verlaufenden - Versuchen als für mich ideale herausgefunden habe.

Zum Schluss: Bespielbarkeit ist super, von vorne bis hinten. Den Stereo-Ausgang braucht man nicht wirklich, aber wenn man sich drauf einlässt, kann man sich auch drin verfangen. Die Möglichkeit, für beide Tonabnehmer einen Eq oder Verstärker extra einzustellen oder den Bridge-Tonabnehmer leicht mit Effekten zu belegen und den Hals-Tonabnehmer eine schöne bassige Fülle zu geben, ist noch einmal richtig gut. Ich nutze das nur, wenn wir mal Aufnahmen machen.

Fazit: Extrem toller Bass, alles solide Handarbeit. Man muss natürlich seine Art von Set-up und Verstäkrereinstlelungen finden, aber das gilt ja wohl für jedes neue Instrument.
Die Gerüchte über einen zu dünnen oder blechernen Sound sind für die 4003 nicht mehr wahr. Allerdings ist der Sound immer noch eigen und nicht jedermanns Sache. Ich habe allerdings keinen Auftritt erlebt, wonach ich keinen Lob über diesen Sound gehört hätte, ob in eigener oder Cover-Band.
Die Brücke scheint mir obsolet, aber das technische insgesamt ist total solide und zuverlässig und auch genau einstellbar. Die Brücke gehört eben auch zum Gesamtkonzept "Rickenbacker". Geändert wurde das ja erst in der neuen Ausgabe, dem 4004.
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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...

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  • Colour: Natural
  • Soundboard: Maple
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  • Body: N/A
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Number of strings: 4
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Pickup system: JJ
  • Elektronics: Passive
  • Case included: Yes
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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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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,...

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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;...

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