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Rickenbacker Unbound 4003 Series Electric Bass Guitar, Maple FIngerboard - Walnut

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The traditional bass style of the 4003S - with dot inlays and no binding - was prized by Paul McCartney and Chris Squire when they got their first 4001S models in 1964. Players cherish its traditional look and rounded edges that many claim make it more comfortable than the 4003. The updated 4003S version comes with the improved dual trussrod system. Of course, the famous solid bass tones, ringing sustain and treble punch make it a dream. Iconic curves of maple form the body with a traditional Rosewood fingerboard. Dot inlays and no binding make this stand out from the standard 4003.

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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: No
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

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Closest StoreNew Minas, Nova Scotia
It says on the L&M website that you can expect to wait up to 365 days to receive one of these basses. I waited 377 days. So close. Now that I've had it for a while, let me tell you what i don't like, then I'll tell you what I do like. The case is very flimsy to house such an expensive instrument. If you don't close it "just so" it will not latch at all. I'd have expected a better case than the Flight Case my 2011 Fender bass came with, but that's not the case. Pun intended. The plastic control knobs feel very cheap. Turn them in either direction and you can feel them turning crooked on the posts. They do not click into place and feel very flimsy. I might be able to fix this issue, but I run them full on so I don't think about it a lot. Now, what do I like about this bass? Everything else. It looks good, it sounds amazing and it's super smooth and easy to play. The fit and finish of everything except the aforementioned control knobs is superb. It's a very solid instrument. It's the first bass I've ever owned that will cut through two guitars, keyboards, drums and vocals with just a little extra push with your fingers or pick. That in itself has made me a better player , even after 45 years, because you can't hide your mistakes. I love this bass. It even has the new Rickenbacker bridge on it that lets you set it up with infinite adjustments to your liking. The older bridges only allowed a raising and lowering of the strings. In conclusion, If you can overlook a few of the minor things I pointed out, I highly recommend you at least try one. I think you'll be as impressed as I am.
Posted by Phil T on Nov 27, 2020
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Amazing bass, if you like the tone1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreHamilton, Ontario
Rickenbackers have a unique tone, which is what make them legendary and indeed a fantastic bass. However, that is also a major limitation. Rick's are not versatile. If you play in a cover band that plays several genres and styles, this may not be the bass for you. Also, THE Rick tone tends to medium range, and may end up conflicting with the guitars in you band.
Posted by Liam on Jan 28, 2019
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There's Nothing like.a Rickenbacker3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StorePeterborough, Ontario
The Rickenbacker 4003 is the Citroën DS of the bass world. They're stunningly beautiful and completely different from everything else out there. The Walnut 4003S is the best-playing version. Pros: - Solves the uncomfortable ergonomics from the 4003's body binding. - Much lighter than a maple-bodied Rickenbacker. - Satin neck feels incredible, is very, very fast. - Amazing fretboard access, and very tweakable neck via dual truss rod system. - Incredible tone. Cons: - The bridge pickup cover is an annoyance. Fortunately, there are lots of options for filling or replacing the bridge's pickup surround. - No obvious place to put your thumb. Fortunately, there are lots of reversible options out there. Oddities: - Rickenbackers don't have soft frets.They do, however have a bit of gold in the metallurgy to prevent them from tarnishing over time. - Truss rods are user replaceable on Rickenbackers: with practice, you can swap a set out in about 20 minutes. - The body is THIN.
Posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2018
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