The Rickenbacker 4003 Electric Bass, seen here with a sleek Jetglo finish, is a veritable icon of Rock n' Roll, and has been seen in the hands of some of the world's most prominent musicians over the decades.
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.
Rickenbacker 4003 Electric Bass Guitar Jetglo Highlights
- Premium-grade, hand-crafted electric bass guitar
- Built upon the foundations set by the iconic Rickenbacker 4001
- Sleek and comfortable Maple body
- Easy-to-play Maple neck, capped with a Rosewood fingerboard
- Two RIC single coil pickups, for that classic Rickenbass sound
- Includes deluxe hardshell case
- Finance options available
Building Upon A Legacy
Ever since they produced the world's first electric guitar in 1932, Rickenbacker has been a main-stay in the world of modern music, with their basses being of particular note. From Paul McCartney, Chris Squire, Lemmy, Mike Rutherford, and even Mani (of Stone Roses fame), these excellently crafted instruments have been gracing a wide array of musical genres for more than 50 years, so it's only natural that here at PMT we stock some of their latest models.
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.
Whilst the bridge pickup alone is the louder of the two, with its throaty, almost-but-not-quite-harsh bark that, the neck pickup delivers plenty of warm fundamentals, producing a pleasing array of woody tones for you to choose from.
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
As mentioned above, this bass was built upon the foundations set by the legendary Rickenbacker 4001 - an electric bass which was manufactured from 1961 until 1981, which is when the 4003 replaced it. The overall shape and construction of this bass has barely changed since it's first inception in, even down to the extensive use of chrome hardware.
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.
Order Yours Today
Treat yourself to this Rickenbacker 4003 at PMT Online or In-Store today! If you'd like to query the availability of this instrument, be sure to contact our Online Sales Team directly.
Rickenbacker 4003 Electric Bass Guitar Jetglo Specs
- Body: Maple
- Neck: Maple
- Frets: 20
- Scale Length: 33 1/4"
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- 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|
|Neck Wood||maple wood|
|Pickup Config||2 x single coil|
|Number Of Strings||4 string|
|Body Material||maple body|
|Body Size||full size|
|Right / Left-Handed||right handed|
|Guitar Style||rickenbacker bass|
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