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Rickenbacker 4003S W

Rickenbacker 4003S W

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 machine heads
  • Weight: approx. 4.1 kg
  • Colour: Walnut
  • Case included

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This one is a keeper!! ;-)

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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Classic Rick sound

28.02.2017
Very good bass guitar, if you like this Ric sound of course! Very punchy sound, with the classic trebly Ric sound while delivering plenty of low end. The neck is quite thick, but it felt very comfortable to me. This is definitely a special instrument.

My only complain would be the setup: the bass came not properly intonated (which is absolutely no issue to me) and it took me 2 hours to set it up properly due to the "special" bridge design. I would hope Rickenbacker could a bit modify this bridge design to ease adjustments. But once the bass is properly setup, it's a dream to play!
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Rickenbacker 4003S W
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Rickenbacker 4003S W
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€1,838

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
  • Body: N/A
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Pickups: SS
  • 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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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: Black
  • 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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€2,150

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
  • Neck: Maple
  • Body: N/A
  • 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. Gigbag: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Rickenbacker 4003 FG
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Rickenbacker 4003 FG
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€2,090

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
  • 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 MID
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€2,150

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: Blue
  • 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 MG
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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
  • 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. Gigbag: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Rickenbacker 4003S FG
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Electric Bass Body: Maple, with rounded edges, Neck: Maple, through body, Fretboard: Caribbean rosewood (metopium brownei), Dot fretboard inlays, 20 Frets, Scale: 845mm, Nut width: 42.9mm, Schaller...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Long Scale
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Incl. Bag: No
Rickenbacker 4003S JG
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Rickenbacker 4003S JG
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Electric Bass Maple body with rounded edges, Maple neck through body, Fretboard: Caribbean rosewood (Metopium Brownei), Dot inlays, 20 frets, Scale: 845 mm, Nut width: 42.9 mm, Schaller Deluxe...

  • Colour: Black
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Bubinga
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Long Scale
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Incl. Bag: No
Rickenbacker 4003S MG
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Electric Bass Maple body with rounded edges, Maple neck-thru, Fretboard: Caribbean Rosewood (Metopium Brownei), Dot inlays, 20 Frets, Scale: 845 mm, Nut width: 42.9 mm, Pickups: 2 Bass single...

  • Colour: Natural
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Long Scale
  • Pickups: JJ
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Incl. Bag: No
Rickenbacker 4003 RBY
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Electric Bass Body: Maple, Continuous maple neck (neck through body), Fretboard: Caribbean rosewood (metopium brownei), Triangle fingerboard inlays, 20 Frets, Scale: 845mm, Nut width: 42.9mm,...

  • 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
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Case included: Yes
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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