Rickenbacker 4003S - Mapleglo

4-string Electric Bass with Maple Body, Maple Through-Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard with Dot Markers, Two Single-coil Pickups, and Mono Output - Mapleglo
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The Iconic Rickenbacker Bass

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 4003S delivers those inimitable bass tones in a sleek instrument that's primed for a new millennium. Forge your own legendary sound with the Rickenbacker 4003S bass.

All-maple construction for iconic sustain and treble punch

The Rickenbacker 4003S 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 a touch of warmth and harmonic complexity, balancing out the bright high end with strong, rich bass. The 4003S's unique body shape and dot inlays give it the traditional Rickenbacker bass look.

Rickenbacker 4003S Features:
  • An iconic bass, immortalized by Paul McCartney and Chris Squire
  • Maple body and through-neck, for serious sustain and treble zing
  • Thick rosewood fingerboard adds warmth and harmonic richness
  • 2 single-coil pickups deliver the classic Rick bass sound
  • 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 4003S!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape 4003 Traditional
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Mapleglo
Body Material Maple
Body Finish Gloss
Neck Material Maple, Neck-thru
Radius 10"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dot 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
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 4003-S-MG

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Rickenbacker 4003S nice weapon!

Just received my Rickenbacker 40003S and what a magnificent instrument! The finish is flawless and I had it strung with flat wounds courtesy of Sweetwater. If you're a McCartney fan like I am or love that classic RIC bass sound, this is the one to get. Thanks again to Scott A for another winner!
Music background: 40 years
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