Rickenbacker 4003 FG

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; 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
  • Photos are similar to actual guitar (colour)
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  • 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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Rick the Captain, 13.09.2020
Been using this Bass for 5 years (Bought mine in 2014). And i couldn't be happier. Excelent sounding instrument with super dynamic pickups.
Pro tip: Connect it to a tube amp to have maximum sound from the Pickups, Rickenbackers are perfect with tube amps.
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T.P.aus_A, 25.04.2019
Obwohl eigentlich fast alles zu Rickenbacker-Bässen gesagt und geschrieben worden ist, füge ich meinen Kommentar zu diesem besonderen Instrument dazu. Warum? Eigentlich haben ja alle Kommentatoren Recht.
Bespielbarkeit : da gibt es deutlich einfachere Optionen. Verarbeitung : oberflächlich Top. Bei näherem Hinsehen aber dann doch Dämpfer (der Sattel liegt nach längerem Gebrauch nicht mehr so satt auf, die Poti-Knöpfe sind ein wenig spiddelig, das Pickboard wirkt billig).
Preis : nicht wirklich ein Schnäppchen.
Manko : ich vermisse schon häufig die 5. Saite.
Aaaaaber : der Sound ist dermaßen prägnant und wiegt irgendwie alles andere auf. Wenn meine Band-Mädels sagen, der Bass klingt "frech" und sie mögen das.........
Was kann ich da anderes fühlen als : "Alles richtig gemacht". Ich bereue nichts.
P.S.: im übrigen sieht er schon auch sehr geil aus
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C'est une histoire de vieux couple...
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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