Rickenbacker 4003, Stereo - Jetglo

4-string Electric Bass with Bound Maple Body, Maple Through-Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard with Block Markers, Two Single-coil Pickups, and Stereo Output - Jetglo
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The Iconic Rickenbacker Bass. In Stereo.

Roundabout. The sound of that legendary Yes bass line is seared into the auditory memory of many of the musicians here at Sweetwater: an early-1960s Rickenbacker 4001S strung with round-wounds. With their punchy treble, solid bottom end, and ringing sustain, Rickenbacker basses helped forge the sound of classic rock in the capable hands of progressive bassists such as Chris Squire and Paul McCartney. It's an iconic sound, and there's only one way to get it. Today's formidable Rickenbacker 4003 delivers those inimitable bass tones, along with stereo output, in a sleek instrument that's primed for a new millennium. Forge your own legendary sound with the Rickenbacker 4003 bass.

Rickenbacker 4003 at a Glance:
  • All-maple construction for iconic sustain and treble punch
  • Stereo output opens up a palette of sonic possibilities
All-maple construction for iconic sustain and treble punch

The Rickenbacker 4003 is crafted from high-grade maple. Maple is very stable, aiding in maintaining the structural integrity of the neck, which runs through the entire length of the body. The density of maple - and the neck-through design - is largely responsible for the instrument's famous treble punch and sustain. The thick rosewood fingerboard adds warmth and harmonic complexity, balancing out the bright high end with strong, rich bass. The 4003's body binding and block inlays add a touch of elegance to the traditional Rickenbacker bass look.

Stereo output opens up a palette of sonic possibilities

Rickenbacker spec'd the 4003 bass with stereo output, so you can route each pickup individually. Why let your guitarist and keyboard player have all the fun? Just think about the possibilities! You could send the neck pickup to one amp, and the bridge pickup to another. Pan the pickups hard left and hard right. Insert different effects pedals in each signal path to craft immersive stereo soundscapes. With the Rickenbacker 4003, you're no longer relegated to simply holding down the bottom end.

Rickenbacker 4003 Features:
  • An iconic bass, immortalized by Paul McCartney and Chris Squire
  • Maple body and through-neck, for serious sustain and treble zing
  • Body binding and block fingerboard inlays add a touch of elegance
  • Thick rosewood fingerboard adds warmth and harmonic richness
  • 2 single-coil pickups deliver the classic Rick bass sound
  • Stereo output let you route each pickup individually
  • Three-way selector with 2 tone and 2 volume controls
  • Schaller Deluxe tuners are stage rugged and studio dependable
Play a rock icon: the Rickenbacker 4003!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape 4003 Traditional
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Jetglo
Body Material Maple
Body Finish Gloss
Neck Material Maple, Neck-thru
Radius 10"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, bound
Fingerboard Inlay Triangle inlays
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 33.25"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece RIC bridge and tailpiece
Tuners Schaller Deluxe
Neck Pickup Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Single-coil
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch, 2 x 1/4" outputs (standard, stereo)
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 4003-JG

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