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Rickenbacker 4003 Bass Guitar Jetglo

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Rickenbacker introduced its 4000 series basses in 1957 and the incredible sound, balance, and sustain of these basses have made them the choice for rock players for over fifty years, including John Entwistle of the Who, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd,  and many others. This Rickenbacker 4003 bass offers all of the timeless tone and traditional styling of a classic RIC solidbody bass. The distinctive body is carved from maple and paired with a through-body maple neck to deliver that renowned RIC sustain, full-bodied low-end, and punchy, articulate trebles. With an ultra-comfortable 33.25" scale length and a rosewood fingerboard, the Rickenbacker 4003 holds true to its enduring reputation of superb playability. Catering to the unmistakable Rickenbacker vibe, the body and neck of the 4003 are adorned with white binding while the fingerboard boasts elegant deluxe triangular inlays.

With a unique vintage voice that you'd only expect from a Rickenbacker bass, the 4003 comes outfitted with a pair of single coil pickups. Both the bass and treble pickups sport independent volume and tone controls while additional sonic flexibility is offered by the push/pull treble tone control knob that can take you from a vintage to modern bass sound on the fly. The RIC 4003 also comes equipped with a Standard output jack and Rick-O-Sound output jack to allow for mono and stereo performance capabilities.

High-quality chrome hardware includes a set of Schaller Deluxe open-geared tuning machines and a RIC bridge/tailpiece featuring a built-in damper to deliver that classic muted bass sound. Comes with the full protection of a hardshell case.

Get your Rickenbacker 4003 Bass Guitar Jetglo from Sam Ash today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Electric Bass Guitar
  • Hardshell Case

The best bass I've ever owned


I've always loved and wanted a Rickenbacker for the craftsmanship, sound and history. I recently picked up the 4003 and it's everything I hoped it'd be. The tone, playability and look are what puts this bass above all others. There are plenty of great and more affordable basses on the market as there is pro's and con's to every instrument-I also own and play both Fender and Gibson basses, but everything will take the backseat to my new Rick. Yes, It's an expensive bass-quality and durability are never cheap, but if it's within your budget I'd highly reccomend getting one. I love mine.


Westchester County, NY


Great bass


It's a Rickenbacker. What else there is to say.


PEI, Canada


work of art


I have played guitars for over 20 years and have always wanted to get a bass. My brother plays bass so I have had a chance to try a Fender, Epiphone, and a few others but had never liked any of them enough to decide I needed to spend the money for a bass. I decided if I was going to get a bass, it would have to be a great one because I would regret it otherwise. I finally had a chance to play a Rickenbacker and I was hooked. The tone is incredible. The sustain is like no other guitar I have ever heard. The action was not really different than my Stratocaster. It is a fantastic masterpiece. My only regret is that I didn't buy one 20 years earlier.


San Antonio, TX


Rickenbacker 4003 Bass Fireglo


I tried one of these basses at a Sam Ash in Florida, and it was Amazing!!! The tone is great, the vintage tone knob is a nice feature, it's a little heavy but still a good bass, and one more thing pictures online DO NOT compare to what it looks like in person. The E-string sounds SOOOO deep even though it's still in regular tuning. When my dad played it he said he could only hear Chris Squire Tone.


Upper Darby, PA


Wildest Dreams


Waited 2 years for it, worth every penny and day of waiting.

Carlo Spicy Weiner

Boston, MA


trully vintage


I have a few basses: Fender american deluxe, Warwick thumb neckthru, Musicman Stingray. I bought the Rick because its a really beautyfull bass. I'd never have the oportunity to play one before and now, I am just stoned with the sound. It delivers a vintage fat unique sound . A tip: to get the best sound you need to expend some time tuning and adjusting the controls and the pickups.Its a very good choice.


Brasilia, Brazil


This thing is sick


Sounds great playing anything, seriously, not kidding, for real. Buy it, because I said so.

Carlo Spicy Weiner

Boston, MA


Beautiful AND Smart


I've been playing bass for over 30 years and this is my first Ric. I've got other very nice basses, but at a gig recently, I broke a string on my 5 string Spector, switched to the Ric and the crowd went wild. I was later told that the tone was better and as I expected, it really cuts thru the mix. And that's compared to a [$]Stuart Spector that is no slouch on it's own.

Jazz Rocks

Richmond, VA




This bass is a beauty. It is like the swiss army knife of basses. It has everything you need to play attached on it. It can alternate between a sharper toned modern sound or a classic rock like thud with the pull of a knob. The 4003 has built in mutes at the bridge wich add a new diverse sounds with the turn of a knob, or two, if you want to mute all 4 strings. The pick ups are so well crafted and the bass as a whole gives off a very unique sound. The neck is smooth and easy to work up and down on. And, the finish is of the highest quality. I think Rickenbacker is still the only major music company that makes their instruments totaly by hand. And, they are made in the U.S.A. I purchased mine a few days ago at a Sam Ash in NY, and I don't regret it for a moment. I got it in Fire Glow and that is the color I recommend to the fullest.


Queens, NY


Ricks Friggin rule, Period.


After looking around for 10 to 15 years I found a chance at a 70's 4003 (73). Turned out to be a little rough, needed new electrics, a new bridge but was cosmeticaly very, very nice for a 35 year old Rick. Red burst. Straight as a new arrow. So I gave the go ahead to work the deal[$] plus new pickguard, pots, bridge and strings. Probably spent [$] less than a brand new one but so what. Four weeks later, Wow, I am so glad I jumped on this. When I plugged it in and started jammin with some Rush and Yes CDs I was in heaven. Both pick ups really are strong! And what a sweet sound in stereo, Bridge p/u through 4 x 12s cab. and neck p/u through 2 x 15s. Go to a Sam Ash or where ever you can find a Rick plug it in and PLAY. That is all you have to do. No salesman needed. Your ears will do all the convincing needed to get you motivated to owning what may be the finest and most instantly recognizable bass sound out there. The playability is also smooth and easy, much more comfortable than I expected. I think I'll go plug mine in and play now. Rich W.


Marlton NJ


Twenty-Seven Virtuoso Studies (Saxophone or Oboe)

5.0 22


Number Of Frets 20
Scale Length 33-1/4"
Nut Width 1-11/16"
Fingerboard Radius 10"
Body Style Double Cutaway
Neck Wood Maple
Body Wood Maple
Pickup Configuration S-S
Bridge Type RIC Bridge/Tailpiece with Damper Assembly
Tuning Machines Schaller Deluxe
Orientation Right-Handed
Other Features Jetglo Finish

Body and Neck Binding

Overall Length: 44-13/16"
Overall Width: 13-1/2"
Overall Depth: 1-1/4"

Neck Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/8"

Rosewood Fingerboard with Triangle Inlays

Independent Volume and Tone Controls for Each Pickup, Push/Pull on Treble Tone Control for Vintage Tone, 3-Way Pickup Selector and Dual Outputs (Standard & Rick-O-Sound) for Mono and Stereo Use

Chrome Hardware
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Series 4000
Model 4003JG
Warranty Info:

Rickenbacker International Corp. guarantees their instruments to be free from defective materials and workmanship to the original purchaser for five years, except for the finish, which is guaranteed for one year. This warranty begins upon the date of manufacture as stamped on the Rickenbacker Warranty card.

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