Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Justin V, Nov 26, 2001.

  1. Justin V

    Justin V

    Dec 27, 2000
    Alameda, CA
    I've been wondering what the difference in Ric models was. I've seen the 4003 in Musician's Friend and I know that JT has that 4004. What's the difference here? I like the look, and all I've heard are good things about them, but I've never actually seen one in a store. Also, what's a fair price for one.

    Just wondering, I think it's my monthly GAS kicking in. :)
  2. RicMeister

    RicMeister Guest

    Nov 25, 2001
    I'm a diehard Rickenbacker fan, so in my humble opinion, you can't go wrong with a 4003 (I'm the proud owner of a '92 mapleglo.)

    As for the 4004, I've never actually seen one in person, much less played it; but I'm definitely curious. I think the Cheyenne version would be my choice over the Laredo. I have heard that there is a tonal difference between a 4003 and a 4004.
  3. thomas

    thomas Guest

    Jul 26, 2000
    Barnesville, GA USA
    4004 series are the 'new' Rics.
    They have more sculpted bodies, modern pickups, modern bridges, etc...
    Lemmy plays one.
  4. modulusbassist

    modulusbassist Guest

    Aug 19, 2001
    Henderson, Nevada
    The best price for Rickenbackers are at Fred's Music, Musician Friend's charge too much. Fred's Music quoted $950 plus shipping. They will email you the price.

    Here is da link


    I don't why people buy from Musician's Friend, they charge more, and there's more bargain if one look hard enough.
  5. Moe Hickey

    Moe Hickey Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Someone from NYC just put up four RICS on Ebay and even the "Buy It Now" prices are pretty good. A TBer needs to bid to get these "in the family." I'm broke or I would be real tempted to get that azureglo 4003. Matching headstocks rule!
  6. Intrepid


    Oct 15, 2001
    Musicians Friend qouted 990 or something...it was below $1000....I would suggest a good quality, well-taken care of, used Rick. I got mine for $700 which is a steal considering its condition(basically new except for this one ding which you can see unless your looking real close in proper lighting conditions...)
  7. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    no, i don't have one of those. i have an older 4001 and a 4080 doubleneck bass/guitar. there are some kick a$$ resources for rickenbacker on the web - check out


    these guys have the most rics, including doublenecks, that i have ever seen in a store.
  8. thomas

    thomas Guest

    Jul 26, 2000
    Barnesville, GA USA
    I bought my 4003 from them. They were really quick and stuff and have a cool website. I think that if you look around you can get stuff cheaper elsewhere, assuming someone else has it. I bought my bass from them because I didn't want a Mapleglo or Jetglo like everyone else and they're the only place I could find that had any of the fun colors in stock.
  9. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000

    funny colors like this one? that's a great looking rick!
  10. modulusbassist

    modulusbassist Guest

    Aug 19, 2001
    Henderson, Nevada
    I emailed Musician's Friend and they quoted me $1100 for the Ric 4003, excluding shipping.
  11. I bought my 4003 from fred's music, actually. Very good service, and good prices.

    I´ve also heard that the new 4004's dont have the classic rick sound, but rather a new "improved" tone.. i 've never heard one, though
  12. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    I love my 4003! Played it last night at a gig my original band had!
    Try Bob at BassPalace he's got a good used selection of Rics!