Rickenbacker 4003s Matte Black


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The Iconic Rickenbacker Bass

“Roundabout.” The sound of that legendary Yes bass line is seared into the auditory memories of many of the musicians here at Sweetwater: the sound of an early-1960s Rickenbacker 4001S strung with roundwounds. With their punchy treble, solid bottom end, and sonorous, piano-like 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.


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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 bite and growl. The thick rosewood fingerboard adds a touch of warmth and harmonic complexity, balancing out the bright high end with powerful, rich bass.

A potent sonic elixir

This potent sonic elixir is delivered through two single-coil pickups with 3-way switching, separate volume and tone controls, and push-pull vintage/modern voicing for immense tonal versatility. The 4003S’s unique body shape gives it the traditional Rickenbacker bass look and comfortable balance, whether you’re playing seated or standing. Forge your own legendary sound with the Rickenbacker 4003S bass.

Rickenbacker 4003S Electric Bass 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
  • 3-way selector with 2 tone and 2 volume controls
  • Schaller Deluxe tuners are stage rugged and studio dependable

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 35 × 140 in


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