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NBD: Rickenbacker 4003w

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jepus, Mar 20, 2014.


  1. Jepus

    Jepus Supporting Member

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    Once I saw this announced I knew there was no way I could resist, I'm a sucker for maple fretboards!
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    Ordered a few weeks ago and was delivered to my door today. This is my first ever Ric and to be honest I was a little worried about how it would play considering the reputation that their QC has. Action was very high out of the box but nothing that a few turns of an allen key wouldn't fix. The nut it is a little high but it doesn't really affect the playability of the bass for me.

    One little bugbear I had was the residue of the stickers on the pickguard took a few minutes to properly wipe clean. Also, I can't remove the strap lock buttons, or am I being stupid? Luckily I have a bass that has Schallers so I could swap straps but if I didn't I'd have had to go out and buy them!

    And I tried, I really did, but I just couldn't get on with the pup cover so it had to come off and get replaced with a finger rest bezel.
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    Now on to the tone, keeping in mind I've never used a Ric before and as such only have a basic understanding of the electronics, but this thing sounds great! With the vintage tone engaged and switching to the bridge only I get a lovely Geddy style tone which is why I wanted this bass in the first place! I'm sure I'll find other tones but I'm quite happy with just this for the moment!
     
  2. Herrick

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  3. eligilam

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    It's been a while since I had GAS....but this one did it. Thanks dude.
     
  4. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the pics. Best ones I've seen of this model so far.

    Glad you like her.:bassist:
     
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  6. jbd5015

    jbd5015 Cool cars & Bass guitars Supporting Member

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    wish i didnt have to sell my jetglo, but perhaps ill stumble on one of these beauts later on in life!!

    congrats on a killer bass!!!! RIC leaves all the settings pretty high so the bass can be set-up the way you want. The nut is something that can be filed down, but cannot be filled if you get my point. A good tech could help you get it set-up precisely how you want, or if youre willing, for less than what it would cost to have it set-up, you could by the tools to do it yourself! Its all math in the end if you want it precise.

    cheers!!
     
  7. PaulBoyer

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  8. Jepus

    Jepus Supporting Member

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    Ok it's been played for a few hours now and I have to say I love the neck profile. Slightly thicker than my Jazzes but it's really flat at the back so my hand fits it really well.
     
  9. woodyng

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    Beautiful,the grain on these takes them to a whole new dimension. I've read that with the walnut wings,they are lighter than standard,which is a big plus! Congrats on your purchase!
     
  10. Josh Thatguy

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    DAMN I just made a mess.
    Those pics are bass porn!!!!!
     
  11. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

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    These are the nicest versions Ric has done in a while.
    Love it - Congrats
     
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    That is just one gorgeous bass congrats.
     
  13. blindrabbit

    blindrabbit Supporting Member

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    These look so incredible, I drool over every pic I see of one.

    What is the neck finish like? Is it oil like the body apparently is?
     
  14. Jepus

    Jepus Supporting Member

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    Yeah the neck seems oil finished. Nice and fast.
     
  15. blindrabbit

    blindrabbit Supporting Member

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    That doesn't help my GAS at all...

    There just may have to be a 4003W in my future.
     
  16. Morgan Koren

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    I would love to see this with a black t.r. cover and pickguard.
     
  17. JackTheRipper

    JackTheRipper Supporting Member

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    Beauty. Congrats!

    --jack
     
  18. SeattleSunn

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    I have a mid 70's jazz and recently got a 4003 and am very happy. I preset the volumes and tones then use the PU switch to change my sound on the fly durring songs. I have found that setting the foam mute to where it is a shade from touching the strings, then crank it a half turn or so and let it just touch the strings produces an interesting effect. I love the low end my bass has. We decided to do a Beatle cover and it is fun to get the Macca sound.

    congrats on a nice looking bass!
     
  19. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

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    That is a beautiful bass!
     
  20. Congrats on your 4003 Walnut. A beautiful Axe! [​IMG]
     
  21. FaithNoMan

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    That's a look that is going to get better with age, methinks. I didn't even know Ric was making ones like this.
     

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