What to pay for Ric 4003?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jock, Jan 22, 2001.

  1. jock


    Jun 7, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    What´s a good price on a Rickenbacker 4003?
    Is the sound different than on a 4001? I heard that the bypass operation is made on the new ones. True?
    I had a great autumnglo 4001 but sold it for a Precisionbass. Stupid? Well, I regret it but I like the fender to.
    Should I go with a 4001 or 4003 and what should I pay?
  2. I can't help you with which one to buy, seeing as I don't know much (anything) about either.
    But, according to the G&B Buyer's Guide (which as I found out in Off Topic wasn't exactly the most accurate at all times) a 4001 should cost about $2,069 and a 4003 should cost about $1,529.

    If that helps... :D
  3. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    $1,529 is suggested retail. Brand new you can get them for $900 to $1000 at some stores and some on-line places like Musiciansfriend or Music123.com. You can also go to guitar.com and look for them in their search engine and will find usually around 30 of them for sale at various stores selling on line. As for used, you can get an EBAY 4001 for $700 to $800 and a 4003 for about the same, sometimes a little less. That makes no sense to me except I think people think it's justified paying a little more for the "vintage" 4001. I bought an 86 4003 this past month and it had the shunt as opposed to the third capacitor and there was no need for the "bypass" surgery. I went with a 4003 because I wanted the dual truss rods and did not want to worry about using roundwounds where with a 4001, they were designed with flatwounds in mind.
  4. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    You can buy a new 4003 (Ebay, etc) for under $1000.00
    Expect the price to be just over $900.00 including the case.
    As far a the by-pass surgury is concerned here's what you need to know. All RIC basses with Stereo output (Ric-O-Sound) have the .0047 capacitor wired into them. Only Mono (non Ric-O-Sound) basses have the capacitor eliminated.
    Since the 4003 (four string version) is stereo, it has the capacitor wired into it. The 4003S/5 is mono and doesn't have the .0047 capacitor in it.
    As far as the sound difference between a 4001 and a 4003 is concerned, yes in my opinion there is a difference.
    The 4003 has more thud than the treble sounding 4001. You really don't have to bypass the capacitor on a 4003, since the more recent bridge pick-up has more gain than that of the 4001's of the 70's and early 80's.
    Both are great instruments. But you will find the 4001 neck to be thinner. And if you want to use roundwound strings on a 4001 be careful to use no heavier than med-lite gauge strings, since the dual truss rods used in the 4001 were not intended for heavy string tension associated with most roundwound strings. The redesigned truss rods in the 4003 allow you to use any gauge and type of string you want.
  5. SantasCabanaBoy


    Jan 15, 2001
    I live in New York, and the only local dealer in Rics in my immediate area was Sam Ash (a chain similiar to Mars Music)
    and it was for $1150. I did some research and I found http://www.fredsmusic.com It is a store in pennsylvania who sell a Ric 4003 for $920+$30 shipping. In four days after ordering the Ric was deliverd to my door. I strongly recommend this store, I was completly satisified with the service and people I dealt with. I prefer a 4003 over a 4001 becuase the 4001 is not accustomed to tight string tensions. But the current 4001 reissue has been adjusted to take roundwounds.