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Rickenbacker 4003s Electric Bass Guitar 2018 Model, Matte Black Finish #1816749

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  • Matte Black Finish
  • Through-body maple neck
  • Dot Inlays
  • Dual Truss Rod
  • Push/Pull Tone Pot
  • Rickenbacker Hard Case


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New for 2018 in a Matte Black finish!

Here we have an updated and improved version of the 1960s Rose Morris-exclusive 4003. Known at the time as the 4001S, both Paul McCartney and Chris Squire received and cherished their versions, becoming their bass of choice. This might well have been due to the curved edges that some argue make it more comfortable than the traditional 4003 model. This was also made available briefly in the 70s and the 90s - we hope it's here to stay this time.

With dot inlays and no binding giving a stripped-down look, but with the added advantage of Rickenbacker's double truss rod, this is a reissue brought right up to date. Another new feature is the addition of the push/pull tone pot to toggle between vintage and modern tones. This is a bass which will rapidly become the 'go-to' workhorse for the discerning player.
·         Body Type: Solid
·         No. Frets: 20
·         Scale Length: 84.5 cm (33 1/4'')
·         Neck Width at Nut: 42.9 mm (1 11/16'')
·         Neck Width at 12th Fret: 54.0 mm (2 1/8'')
·         Crown Radius: 25.4 cm (10')
·         Body Wood: Walnut
·         Neck Wood: Maple
·         Fingerboard: Wood Maple
·         Weight: 4.1 kg (9.0 lbs.)
·         Overall Length: 113.8 cm (44 13/16'')
·         Overall Width: 34.3 cm (13 1/2'')
·         Overall Depth: 31.8 mm (1 1/4'')
·         Neck Binding: Yes
·         Fret Marker Style: Dot
·         Tailpiece: RIC
·         Bridge: RIC
·         Neck Type: Through body
·         No. of Pickups: 2
·         Type of Pickups: Single Coil
·         Output Type: Mono
·         Machine Heads: Schaller Deluxe

Adolph Rickenbacker founded Rickenbacker with two partners in 1932. The company was originally named Ro-Pat-In then in 1934, renamed to the more logical Electro String instrument corporation. The name "Rickenbacker " was also added to the head stock this year. Electro String sold a series of frying pan, lap steels and Electro Spanish guitars. In 1953 Rickenbacker sold the company to Francis Cary Hall. In 1957 Rickenbacker introduced the Combo 650 and the Combo 850 which utilized a sweeping crescent shape.

In 1958 Rickenbacker introduced the thin hollow body designs completing the design elements we recognize today. One of the interesting things about Rickenbacker guitars is that the deluxe models (starting in 1960) featured and extra jack with "Rick-O-Sound" which divided the signal from the neck and bridge pickups allowing each signal to be fed to a different amp. In 1964 Rickenbacker added 12 string models to their line, John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles were early customers. By 1965 the distribution company was finally renamed "Rickenbacker Inc. and today it is known as Rickenbacker International Corporation or RIC.

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We welcome part exchanges on items over £500. We realise that sometimes you need to “move something on” to get your new guitar. We give fair prices and once agreed we stick to them. The only thing we ask is that you accurately describe your guitar. We have plenty of happy customers from our part exchange scheme.

How it works – If you are local, you can simply call in. If you are not local we will assess your guitar and give you a valuation via phone/e-mail (we may ask for pictures). Once the price is agreed, we always stick to it, and your new guitar will be removed from the market so the deal can be concluded.

You can either send us your guitar, or we can use our courier to pick up for a small charge (UK only). Once the guitar is with us and any balance is paid we can dispatch your new guitar.

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