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How Do Ric 4003's Compare to Ric 4001's?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dubadays, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Dubadays


    Apr 4, 2009
    I'm looking at buying a Ric, and obviously, the 4001's are very expensive. I've been seeing that the 4003's are cheaper by far, but how do they sound in comparison? (Oh, and if anyone knows of a good 4001 up for sale, just let me know ;))
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    The 4003 is the improved version of the 4001 bass.
  3. Soverntear


    Mar 17, 2008
  4. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    4001s had a capacitor in the bridge pickup that blocked low frequencies, 4003s did not, but now modern ones have the capacitor that can be switched on and off.

    Here's a thread that may be helpful:


    Again for the record, 4001s are hippy basses. In case you didn't know. ;)

  5. Dubadays


    Apr 4, 2009
    Look, I'm just asking for opinions. You could have just as easily posted something CONSTRUCTIVE you know.
  6. Disraeli Gears

    Disraeli Gears

    May 29, 2007
    Quite a few threads about this already, you should be able to find quite a bit from a search. I'm no Ric expert, but basically the 4003 is basically an improved version of the 4001. As DogBone said, the capacitor that blocked low frequencies from the bridge pickup on the 4001 can be switched on and off on the 4003. The other main difference is the 4001 has a rather unique truss rod system where you have to manually put the neck in the position you want, then adjust the truss rods to hold that position, while the 4003 has a more traditional truss rod system (although it still has 2 rods). On that same note, from what I've gathered, the 4003s up until recently had a much larger neck than the 4001s, but they've slimmed down the necks on the 4003s in the past couple of years (can't remember the exact year they started making the slim necks again). Lastly, the 4001's frets are made from a softer material more designed for flatwounds while the 4003's frets are more suitable for roundwounds, but it seems like people haven't for the most part had problems using rounds on a 4001.
  7. He did actually. There is a good thread a few days ago which you'd find pretty helpful.
  8. Dubadays


    Apr 4, 2009
    lol, I want one all the same. I'm lookin for a bass that can produce Wolfmother type sound, and this is the bass that they use so it would make sense to get it :D
  9. Dubadays


    Apr 4, 2009
    Well, constructive in my opinion would have meant giving me a link, but whatever. Plus, I'd prefer to ask questions instead of just looking at an old thread. Yeah, I just got the link.
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Don't be annoying.

  11. The Wolfmother album was recored with a Fender Precision too...
  12. dog1


    Dec 30, 2008
    As a Ric player, I watch and look for Ric basses daily. The truth is, 4001's are not going for more then 4003's. (unless you are talking about V63's or C64's) Post 2006 4003's have a thin neck profile, inline cap and improved electronics. Go for the new (er) 4003.
  13. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
  14. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Yeah, there's a difference from a normal 4001, the predecessor to the 4003, and a 4001C63, or V64, which are "vintage Reissue" high dollar basses. Between a standard 4001, and 4003, the newer 4003 is everything a 4001 is, and then some. Can't go wrong with a new one, unless you don't like Ric's.

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