First-Ever Rick: 4003S

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 2F/2F, Aug 11, 2021.

  1. 2F/2F

    2F/2F Supporting Member

    May 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Well, I think I am finally joining the Rick posse. After 33 years of playing bass, a Rick has finally made me stop and say, "Oooooooooh." I have always like the way they played and sounded, but thought they were a bit "too much" for me, cosmetically, as well as having certain hipster associations that used to turn me off of them.

    Well, screw it. This Mapleglo 4003S really caught my eye; it looks close to perfect to me (it needs a dark pickguard and truss rod cover, instead of white). And my Sweetwater guy quoted me what I believe to be a fair price on it (about half what I always assumed I'd have to spend to get one). Problem longer in stock, like they were when I was first talking to him about it a month I'll be waiting, probably until next year.

    I have never been big on the Rick look...but I really appreciate the cleanliness of the non-bound, dot-inlaid, plain maple look on this particular bass. Something about it just does it for me.

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  2. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass.

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I've had dozens of Rics over the years 60's-2000s including a V63 and C64. My 2018 4003s is the best I've owned. Great playing and sounding bass. Congratulations on your new Ric.
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  3. PrairieThunder13


    Dec 21, 2015
    Good one - for a first ric, you can't go wrong with a new "s". I've been an almost exclusively ric player for a long time and even though the hairpinned 4001 and 4001s basses are my bread and butter, i am a huge fan of the 4003 and 4003s. More road-worthy and as solid and dependable as they come and very easy to get along with in my experience. Good choice!
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  4. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    I love my 4003! It’s a 2019 and was built just before they started using the new tailpiece. Doesn’t really bother me too much, I haven’t had to touch it since I set it up. Only issue with it at all was the nut, filed it down to where it should be and the thing plays like a dream. Unfortunately, I don’t use it on stage right now, the looks don’t quite fit my current project. Yes, I know it shouldn’t matter, but it matters to me, I am only using FSO’s in this band.
  5. sloppy_phil


    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Not actually named Phil
    Enjoy, once it finally arrives!

    Just so you know, it'll be essentially impossible to get a legit RIC truss rod cover in black. They aren't made by RIC, or if they are, they aren't available for purchase by anybody. You'll have to go to the Far East to get a trademark-infringing copy, if you actually want one. Welcome to RIC, the company! ;)

    It will be a killer bass, I am sure. Nothing quite plays and sounds like a 4001/3!
  6. 2F/2F

    2F/2F Supporting Member

    May 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I wasn’t planning on “legit.” I think the bass would look better without the Rick name up there, so I’ll be glad for a non-branded cover.

    Have already decided on the guard/TRC replacements. Not black after all! I’ll be going with gold anodized brushed aluminum. Haven’t yet decided whether or not I want to clearcoat them, though. It would be the norm for the material, but the un-cleared matte look might look really slick.
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  7. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    Yes, it is nearly impossible to get a legit black Rick TRC, but the stock white one is easily "converted." I've posted this several times on various forums, so bear with me if this is familiar.
    It's easy to "convert" your stock white-plastic, black-lettering TRC to black with white lettering. Oh; before you get going, take the TRC off the bass!:thumbsup:
    Get a spray can (rattle can) of black paint (enamel or lacquer). Apply a couple of light coats over the entire face of the TRC. You don't have to blast it on; black covers well and you don't want a drippy mess. When the paint is dry, use a fairly fine-grit (320-grit should do) wet-or-dry sandpaper on a block and sand the paint off the raised lettering. Wet sanding will help keep the sandpaper from clogging. Rinse off the sanding residue, and you'll have a black TRC with raised white lettering.:bassist:
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  8. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy.

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    I just got mine on Etsy. It has raised lettering and everything. I personally don't care about authenticity especially considering how difficult it is to get genuine stuff from Ric. Looks and feels great. Here's a vid on my 4003S showing how it looks-
  9. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    But, just above being a musician/artist is minimalism on the ladder of values of hipsterism.

    Binding and triangle inlays are the path back to squareness.

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  10. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Nice bass, its worth the wait!
  11. Mvf


    Feb 1, 2015
    Espoo, Finland
    the 4003s Mapleglo is a very nice bass and well worth all the wait. Here's mine, a 2018. 20210804_114049.jpg 20210804_114104.jpg 20210804_114307.jpg 20210804_114326.jpg 20210804_114334.jpg 20210804_114426.jpg 20210804_114659.jpg 20210804_120312.jpg 20210804_120325.jpg 20210804_120340.jpg 20210804_120417.jpg 20210804_120435.jpg
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  12. Mvf


    Feb 1, 2015
    Espoo, Finland
    My 2018 4003s Mapleglo is my (so far) best Rick too. Had two standard 4003:s before (a 2006 and a 2003), both nice basses, but for some reason we never "clicked". My 4003s, however, felt like mine from the start, and it just feels better every time I play it.
  13. 2F/2F

    2F/2F Supporting Member

    May 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA