NBD: Rickenbacker 4003w

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

  1. Jepus


    Apr 1, 2004
    Once I saw this announced I knew there was no way I could resist, I'm a sucker for maple fretboards!

    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.

    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


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    Looks amazing!
  3. eligilam


    Feb 12, 2007
    It's been a while since I had GAS....but this one did it. Thanks dude.
  4. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Thanks for the pics. Best ones I've seen of this model so far.

    Glad you like her.:bassist:
  5. jbd5015

    jbd5015 Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2009
    State College, PA
    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.

  6. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
  7. Jepus


    Apr 1, 2004
    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.
  8. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    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!
  9. Josh Thatguy

    Josh Thatguy Registered abUser

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

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    These are the nicest versions Ric has done in a while.
    Love it - Congrats
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    That is just one gorgeous bass congrats.
  12. 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?
  13. Jepus


    Apr 1, 2004
    Yeah the neck seems oil finished. Nice and fast.
  14. That doesn't help my GAS at all...

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

    Morgan Koren

    Dec 31, 2007
    Vancouver bc
    I would love to see this with a black t.r. cover and pickguard.
  16. JackTheRipper

    JackTheRipper Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Beauty. Congrats!

  17. SeattleSunn


    May 6, 2013
    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!
  18. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    That is a beautiful bass!
  19. Congrats on your 4003 Walnut. A beautiful Axe! ioKd4hk.
  20. That's a look that is going to get better with age, methinks. I didn't even know Ric was making ones like this.