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Unmistakable in design. The Rickenbacker 4003S Bass, Matte Black is in a league of its own. You will have heard this on more classic albums than it's possible to name here. Known for its distinctive treble grind and phat tones, it'll take you from modern heavy rock to the laid back '60s 'flower power' vibe.

This advances on the 4001 with a modern truss rod that greatly improves stability and larger contours to make playing more comfortable. Everything about the playing experience this amazing bass gives you has been intricately designed to provide the pinnacle in bass playability. The 4003S: an improvement on a bonafide classic.

Tones that embody rock 'n' roll

There is undoubtedly a unique tone to the 4003S. The neck pickup elicits a huge warmth and giant low midrange that gives it this 'knock' characteristic - think mid-era Beatles. When you switch to the bridge, you're greeted with a very smooth treble and with a bit of drive, the Rickenbacker can really grind, especially when you dig into the strings - a sound synonymous with the work of Motorhead, amonst others.

A dependable machine

A distinctive feel. The Rickenbacker 4003S is constructed with a maple body and a through maple neck with a lacquered rosewood fretboard. This blend of tonewoods gives it incredible sustain which you can really feel under your fingers - one of the features that really commands people to pay attention when you strike a note. No one will be able to get enough of your basslines.

Hardware that hardly wears

Detailed, with distinctive design features that really add to feel of this incredible instrument. The first thing that might grab your eye is the bridge pickup cover - not only there to protect the pickup and look good, but some people even claim it helps with shielding.

Of course, a bass of this calibre doesn't skimp on hardware, including Schaller Deluxe tuners which are rugged and known for quality – once tuned, you won't be touching these throughout a gig. The same praise of quality is applied to the pickups too. The Rickenbacker single-coil pickups are incredibly versatile and have a voicing all of their own - one that's been put on a pedestal by bassists for decades.


Body & Bridge

  • Body Type: Solid
  • Body Material: Maple
  • Body Finish: Matte Black
  • Bridge: RIC

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Scale Length: 84.5cm (33 1/4")
  • Neck Width at Nut: 42.9 mm (1 11/16")
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Position Inlay: Dot

Electronics & Hardware

  • Tailpiece: RIC
  • Neck Type: Through body
  • No. of Pickups: 2
  • Type of Pickups: Single Coil
  • Output Type: Mono
  • Machine Heads: Schaller Deluxe