4003 review by Rickenbacker

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (103 votes)
Rickenbacker: 4003
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Sound — 10
She's quite punchy and the amp can't handle it. Very bright sound, full on the bottom end. Though the Ric doesn't much like being down-tuned, that's alright. Running medium guage Ric strings the bass produces a great sound. Excellent intonation, response, sustain, and tone. No need for any effects pedals. After all, why wreck a Ric's sound?

Overall Impression — 10
Since playing a Ric years ago, I've been wanting one since. I'm very impressed with everything about this bass. The sound especially. The classic style; never changing. There is no comparison to this bass that I've come across.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Being 9 lbs., it's sturdy. It could take a beating, but who would allow it? It hasn't failed me in the two months that I've owned it. Always ready to give it's growl at E, and it's sweet melody at g. After 11 years of being played, it holds up to its name and its reputation. This is a Ric, it's meant to be played hard, but with that sense of posh.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Being bought through eBay, and then sent hundreds of miles to its final destination. The owner of the Ric had the action set too low, GHS Boomers for strings. The bass volume knob did not work. Dings, knicks and scrapes around the head and the body. Though the Ric wasn't taken care of too well, it works much better now having been tuned, strings being replaced, and maintenance on the pickups. The finish was still bright and shiny, however. It does what it says, "glo."

Features — 10
My 003 Ric was made in 1994. 33.25" scale, 20 frets on rosewood fretboard with triangle inlays, Schaller tuners, neck-thru design. Single coil pickups that run through either mono or stereo. Maple body that rates up to 9 lbs. Fireglo finish.

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    RIC4003
    The Rickenbacker 4003 is one of the greatest bass guitars ever made and i think it is well worth its price tag
    motley_cruester
    Eric 666 wrote: This is the bass that Cliff Burton of Metallica played if i'm not mistaken.
    actually cliff played the rickenbacker 4001 not the 4003 way i see it these basses are only 2000 dollars because all of the popularity they gained from the people who played them way back when.. id say a reasonable price for this would be more around 1000
    Eric 666
    This is the bass that Cliff Burton of Metallica played if i'm not mistaken.
    Ric Bass 4003
    Best bass ever made I am so lucky to own one and everyday I thank Adolf Rickenbacker for not only his invention of the electric guitar but for this bass which will never be topped but its a tie with the 4001 I think.
    timo281
    This really is one of the greatest basses of all time, my friend has one that was his grandfathers from the 60's.....its AMAZING. AMAZING. Also, you can buy the 4003 for around 1,300 now so its well worth the money.
    Drakey
    not worth the money, for 2 grand , just but a couple fenders, this doesn't sound that good!
    pie_man_25
    I love the rickenbackers!! I want to get one, but nobody sels them in the whole city I live in!! I'd probaly have to cross the border to the US to get one.
    simon zak
    i own a jetglow 4003 but im not sure if thr string heights are correct?what should they be?
    gljbass
    uh, wait, if you go to musician's friend, they say you can e-mail them for price, I did and it's like $1,250-ish.
    Lord_Doku
    havent played one, dying to get one and only cuz of 1 man and his awesome solo: Cliff Burton. only problem: money...
    jp2_2026
    scottishmob wrote: Oh yeah, and also, question: If I was going to play thrash metal, would this be a good choice for a bass?
    of course!!!! thats what cliff burton used!!!
    CallOfTheWest
    It's hard to compete with the beauty and sound of a Rick. A Fender P-bass is a classic, but the Rickenbacker is a legend.
    StillSublime
    bees_knees_3 wrote: oh yea scottish mob im gonna get a Blow job yea im a stud ur not u gay go and **** SRX700 in vienna
    lolwut