Rickenbacker 4003 Desert Gold
While preparing my book over the last eight years or so, I accumulated quite a few Rickenbacker basses. I'm no longer an active player, and I'd like to see the collection distributed to folks who want/need/appreciate a good Rick!
The "Color of the Year" for 2001 was Desert Gold (this bass made in 2002), a pleasing metallic tan rather than a sparkly gold. As with all of RIC's metallics, DG is very fine grain metallic, and almost looks like sunlit sand (perhaps "Desert" sand, eh?). I bought this one "used" on eBay from GuitarBoy, apparently from the same collection as the Burgundy.
Of all the basses in the collection, this one needs the most remedial attention. When I received the bass, it was in mint condition, but for some reason, the paint underneath the edges of the tailpiece has lifted (both sides), and the binding on the nearby but end of the body has started to peel away. Part of the binding was sticking out, so I carefully super glued it back to the body. Even so, the paint and clear coat around the edge of the binding route is chipping (see detail photo). Also, I attempted to lower the nut by removing it and sanding down the bottom. I'm not happy with my result, and bought another nut, but have not installed it. I'll supply the new nut, but it will be up the buyer to set it up to taste. Because of the work needed, I'm taking a loss on this one.
Price is firm at $1400 with case (plus shipping). No trades, no lower offers.
"The Rickenbacker Electric Bass - 50 Years As Rock's Bottom"