There are bass guitars, and then there is THIS bass guitar. This is an icon in the world of music, for many reason. Firstly, I'll list some of the features of the bass, then I'll give my opinion about it.
The bass is a neck through, with a maple body and neck, 2 truss rods, and a rosewood fretboard. The fretboard has Rickenbacker's signature triangle inlays and 20 frets. The bass has 2 single coil pickups, a 3 way toggle switch, and 2 volume and 2 tone controls. It also features stereo output, for a huge sound!
This bass transcends all other 4 string models. It is a masterpiece, it is an island, it is a religion. The 4003 is so darned cool that it will make even the snobbiest bassist smile. The neck has a very positive, solid feel, and it wants to be played with a pick. The playability is out of this world, and very inspiring.
Cliff Burton! Lemmy Kilmeister! Chris Squire! There are all sorts of bassists in the classic rock realm that play a 4003, but the one think they all have in common is that their tone is enormous! Is this a coincidence? NO - IT'S THIS BASS. The pickups have an incredible growl to them, and the dual outputs aid in obtaining a huge sound. One thing I've experimented with is plugging one side into a clean amp rig and the other side into a fuzz pedal into an amp, and blending them. It sounds positively elephantine!
This might be the most enthusiastically glowing review I ever write about any instrument, but it is deservedly so. The 4003 has been around a long time, and is an icon in the world of the electric bass. It doesn't do everything, but what it does it does better than anything else out there. This bass absolutely rules.
クリフ·バートン！レミーKilmeister！クリス·スクワイア！そこに4003を再生するクラシック·ロックレルム内のベーシストのあらゆる種類がありますが、一つは、彼らすべてに共通していると思う彼らのトーンが膨大であるということです！これは偶然でしょうか？ NO - ITはこのBASSです。ピックアップはそれらに信じられないほどのうなり声、巨大な音を得るためのデュアル出力の援助を持っています。私が試したことの一つは、アンプにファズ·ペダルにクリーンなアンプのリグと反対側に片側を接続し、それらをブレンドしています。それは積極的に象のですね！
The Rickenbacker 4003 is a fretted electric bass guitar, and in my opinion is one of the coolest of its kind. Rickenbacker has been around a while and has built a great reputation for making extremely solid instruments that not only feel and sound great, but have looks that could kill. The 4003 is one of their best models that I have experience with. The bass has two single coil pick ups, along with a pick up selector switch and volume and tone knobs for each of them.
The feel of the neck of the Rickenbacker 4003 is pretty great. It isn't like most other basses out there, but in its own way it is easy to play for sure. The neck is thick and very round, which is what gives it its interesting feel. Playing all around the neck isn't a hard thing to do, as I find it just as easy to play up on the high notes as it is to play down low. The shape is one that has been part of the reason that Rickenbacker is so popular, and the weight is heavier than most bass guitars out there. Getting a great sound from the 4003 is as easy and knowing how to play it!
If you have ever heard a Rickenbacker before, the 4003 embodies everything great about this type of sound. The sound has a lot of slap and thwack, but also covers the low end brilliantly and cuts through a mix perfectly. Unlike most basses, the 4003 sounds great both when played down low and when played for bass 'lead' type parts. I've only used the 4003 in the recording studio, and I used it through both an amp and a DI box, blending the two sounds later on. Rickenbacker basses have a very distinct tone, and is one that can be spotted from a mile away...
The Rickenbacker 4003 is one of the better models of bass guitar offered by Rickenbacker, which is saying a lot considering the great line of basses that they have available. The 4003 isn't cheap, as it will run you about two grand in USD, but for those bass players looking for this type of tone and who want to invest in a bass that will last a lifetime, the price isn't outlandish by any stretch. If you're in the market for a top tier bass guitar, Rickenbackers in general should be scoped out for sure, especially the 4003.
What are the odds of finding a used 4003 fro around $200. Well fortunately enough I did. I had a buddy of mine selling it for that price...though it had been pretty beat. Nonetheless the neck was straight and very playable. I believe it was an early 80's model because it had a solid feel to it unlike the newer ones that I have played. The knobs are simple much like any other Ric or Gibson guitar.
The bass had a rock feel similar to a P-Bass from Fender. Not necessarily a a smooth bass but I guess you can be the judge for yourself depending on your playing technique. I found it to be very suitable for rock and pop music. This isn't going to be bass for the progressive jazz fusion bass player by any means. However, if your into straight ahead rock, metal, or pop, then this bass will fit your needs quite well.
One problem I had faced was a couple dead frets but taken to the local luthier he fixed it right up. The setup is simple like all Rickenbackers with the volumes and tone knobs. I did have stereo output but I never used it. The neck had such a great feel and comfort to it that really connected to my technique of playing. The design is unique as well. Nothing looks like a Rickenbacker, so it definitely stands out and a great piece.
It didn't take long once I got it back from the guitar doctor to find a nice sweet spot with this guitar. It seems that it is accustomed to making great tones with where ever you set the dials. To me the feel is everything when it comes to guitars and this things felt so fine and playable. I regret selling it to my bass player.
I was mostly playing rock music with this bass. I had an Ampeg bass amp that used mostly. I also used an Ashdown amp that really shook the foundations. I love the way this guitar sat in the band mix. It filled the room with fine tone and had a good communion with the drummer. It really just screams rock n roll.
Interestingly enough I think this is the only instrument Rickenbacker makes that works with rock metal. Just look at Lemmy from Motorhead. Not sure if he uses a real Ric but it is the same body style.
When the time comes again to pick up a solid bass this one will be the one I choose. I love the way it feels and sounds. I found the compliment it gave my band was a step in the right direction.
I have played all the Fender basses, Carvins, Wyn, Hanewinckel, and Gibson's and there are good ones there for certain uses. For me I love the old Rickenbacker 4003's. It is a nice solid bass that can be a player's dream. I would recommend this to any bass player.