Easily one of the most recognisable bass guitars on the planet, the Rickenbacker 4003 has been regularly used by many true musical icons over the past five decades.
With bassists such as Lemmy, Mike Rutherford, Mani (Stone Roses) and more besides choosing the Rickenbacker 4003 as their bass of choice, it's no wonder the instrument remains so popular to this day.
Rickenbacker 4003 4-String Bass Guitar Walnut Highlights
- Premium-quality bass guitar, with a natural Walnut finish
- Sleek Maple neck, with a bound Maple fingerboard
- Two single coil Rickenbacker bass pickups
- Independent Tone and Volume controls for each pickup
- Iconic dual output design
- Familiar Rickenbacker pickup shield
- Includes hardshell case
- Finance options available
Rock and Roll history in an easy-to-play, low-frequency powerhouse
Featuring a bound neck-thru body, triangular fretboard inlays, dual trussrod system and Schaller Deluxe tuners, the Rickenbacker 4003 is a force to be reckoned with. This excellent bass guitar is widely regarded as one of the best in its class, and comes complete with that familiar Rickenbacker bass tone.
The neck of the 4003 proves to be surprisingly playable, even at the upper registers, giving you the feel of a bass that you've been playing all of your life and that is versatile enough to cover pretty much any musical playstyle.
The basic tone of the 4003 is extremely well-balanced, providing you with a solid midrange and a touch of high-mid honk with a nice, fast attack. This sound is easily tamed with the use of either of the two tone controls though.
With the bridge pickup you have the louder of the two, with a throaty, almost-but-not-quite harsh bark that can easily be softened through use of the tone control. In contrast to this, neck pickup focuses on plenty of warmth and fundamentals, producing a pleasing array of woody tones.
The famous "Rick-O-Sound" comes from a stereo output effect that allows you to divide your pickup signals and send them to two different amps. This works especially well if you send the bridge pickup signal to a standard guitar amp and the neck pickup to a bass amp.
Classic 60's Ricken-bass Look
The overall shape and construction of this bass has barely changed since it's first inception in 1979, even down to the extensive chrome hardware use. Anyone familiar with the basses of this era will instantly recognise the chrome pickup shield over the bridge position, and the unique scratchplate shape.
Having played one of these myself, I can honestly say it feels like holding a piece of rock and roll history in your hands.
Available to Order Now
Contact your local PMT store or our Online Sales team if you have any questions regarding the availability of this incredible bass guitar - and don't worry if it's not currently showing up in stock, as we can still place a special order for you.
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- Body: Walnut
- Neck: Maple
- Frets: 20
- Scale Length: 33 1/4"
- Fingerboard: Maple
- Inlays: Triangles
- Neck Type: Through Body
- Neck & Body Binding: Yes
- Pickups: 2 x Single Coil
- Outputs: Mono & Stereo
- Tailpiece: RIC
- Bridge: RIC
- Tuners: Schaller Deluxe
|Case Included||hard case|
|Scale Length||84.5 cm (33 1/4")|
|Nut Width||42.9 mm (1 11/16")|
|Pickup Config||2 x single coil|
|Number Of Strings||4 string|
|Body Material||walnut body|
|Body Size||full size|
|Right / Left-Handed||right handed|
|Guitar Style||rickenbacker bass|
September 4, 2019Read Article
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