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Rickenbacker 4003/5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xcental34x, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. xcental34x


    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    Does anyone know where I can find some information on this bass? I'm very interested in them, but I can't find anything about them. It seems like it'd be a perfect fit for me. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was playing a 4003, wishing it came in a 5 string version, and now I find out they make them. Have they been discontinued? If not, where could I find one, and what's the going price on one?
  2. AB53211


    Apr 15, 2004
    I believe they were discontinued several years ago. I heard the low B's wern't very good.
  3. Smallequestrian

    Smallequestrian Rock and/or Roll

    Jul 6, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Its 5 strings on a 4 string neck, not very comfortable.
  4. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Yep, indeed discontinued several years back. They occasionally pop up on ebay but be prepared to pay a bit for them.

    I've played one and I didn't really take to it. The neck was barely wider than a 4-string and it felt cramped. Might be fun to string one up with a high C string and blast away with a pick though.
  5. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    I had one 6 years ago. It developed finish problems within the first 4 months so I returned it for full credit and bought a StingRay 5.

    They have extremely tight string spacing. Plus, RIC use a 115 guage string as the B. Almost every other manufacturer uses a 130 gauge.

  6. Rubbish B, absurd string spacing. A complete dog considering what a glory the 4-string is.
  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Unfortunately the 4003s/5 is no longer on the revamped Ric site.

    Contrary to popular belief, they were not simply five strings thrown onto a four string neck. The width at the nut was actually wider than a Fender fiver. But they were rather tight at the bridge.

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