NBD Rickenbacker 4003 Satin Autumnglo

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Koshchei, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    I wasn't planning on this, but I made the fatal mistake of entering a music store, expecting to buy something inexpensive. I saw this on the wall, compounded my mistake by playing it, and one thing led to another.

    Weight: 9.5lbs. A bit heavier than I'd like, but fairly typical for a maple Ric. I have a SBL padded strap, so it's not that burdensome.


    - This Rickenbacker is better built than I knew the company was capable of. While my 4003SW was US Fender good, this one is next level. It compares well to my Kiesels.
    - The new bridge/tail: Surprisingly really good. I've been able to get the action dialed exactly where I want it with no fuss. The only complaint I have is how tiny the saddle allen key is. Mine disappeared into a black hole after setting the instrument up and I cannot find it...
    - Tone: Really punchy and aggressive, while also really clear. It sounds like a piano.
    - Fit and finish: Flawless. They even did a mini-burst in the truss rods cavity, under the Rickenbacker cover. That's a level of anal-retentiveness that I've never seen before in a musical instrument.

    I'm really impressed.

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    edit: added a soundclip.
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  2. Beautiful, really fantastic finish/ coloring. Congrats!
  3. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member


    nice piece you acquired by mistake! it looks great --- and i'm glad it sets up and plays for you. congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
  4. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    A beauty !
  5. SidNitzerglobin


    Feb 12, 2019
    Looks great, big congrats there!
  6. Tom Dessaint

    Tom Dessaint

    Jun 14, 2020
    Beautiful bass. Thank you for sharing.
  7. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn My Daughter, Wife & Colleague! Supporting Member

    Ya know the rules... no lookey under tr cover- no bass!! :rolleyes:
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  8. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    "Hey baby, do those truss rods go all the way up?" or something like that...
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  9. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Beautiful finish!
  10. I dig your bass, but I’m a little biased. I have a ‘79 Autumnglo 4001


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  11. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
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  12. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    I particularly like that they skipped the checkered binding on this finish.
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  13. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Agree, that binding is perfect with that finish. Really sharp. I assume you'll be hitting the fashion shops? Can't play that beauty in shorts.
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  14. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    I'm going full Bill Hader in the Blue Jeans Committee, complete with the waifish young girl harmony parts:

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  15. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I'm thinking a navy suit, something current with a little sock exposed, ivory cable knit underneath. Kicks? I don't know, maybe bring back saddle shoes?
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  16. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    Something that says: "Aspiring door-to-door globe salesman".
  17. willsellout

    willsellout I apologize in advance. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Congratulations. I bought a Jetglo recently and I was impressed with the workmanship as well, which I am typically not so much with Ric. I'm sure you'll have plenty of good times ahead with her!
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  18. sonojono

    sonojono Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    Just when I told myself I don't need a Ric and I see this... Definitely a looker!

    Maybe when I'm 64, I'll own one.
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  19. hieronymous


    Nov 28, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    So funny how the "glo" in Fireglo, Jetglo, Autumnglo, supposedly stands for "gloss" but the Autumnglo finish was satin, with Walnut the similar color with the gloss. In the case of Autumnglo I guess I think of it more like "glow" (I have a '76) - your bass certainly glows and is really beautiful - very interesting to hear about the quality and the new bridge design.
  20. Manticore

    Manticore Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2016
    SoCal and PNW
    Congratulations! I've always been partial to the seldom seen autumnglo.