2010 Rickenbacker 4003 Bass Guitar finished in Fireglo with original case which is new and unused
I bought bass as it was simply the best looking Rickenbacker 4003 basses that I have ever come across. The stunning Fireglo finish simply seems to glow in certain light conditions. So for fear of damage I never used live or in the studio just enjoyed this at home, so this bass is in as new condition. This Rickenbacker 4003 Bass finished in the classic ‘Fireglo’ finish and includes the original Rickenbacker ABS hard case with all the paper work unopened.
This Rickenbacker 4003 has the full shark inlays on the fret board, 10 serial number, Stereo and Mono inputs and bound body,Vintage Tone Selector push pull pot, unlike the cheaper 4003S models which are unbound, have dot inlays and are only mono which are being sold by Rickenbacker dealers for around the same price.
The finish on this bass really is spell-binding… this bass is made from lovely grained maple with stunning circular patterns. The Fireglo finish has the mahogany headstock wings which were only found on special or limited edition basses in the past. This bass certainly turned my head so much so that I simply had to buy it and I hope the photos that you see here do this bass justice.
Now, the sound, most people associate Rickenbacker basses with their trademark, prog/punk ‘growl’ and treble cut… but this bass sounds ‘fat’ when both pickups are engaged which is great for blues playing. Ricks are renowned as ‘rock’ basses, and in this department this bass will not disappoint. The sustain is unbelievable thanks to the neck-through/dual-truss rod setup, if you look at the back of the neck it is also matched to the body. This bass has plenty of bottom end to satisfy a hard core reggae player. The best way to describe the tone of this bass would be, rich warmth, with a thick and punchy growl in the middle. If you flip to the treble pickup, grab a plectrum and you’re in rock-grind heaven.
The bass also features the Rickenbacker “Vintage Tone Selector” push/pull control that allows you to get the classic or more modern Rickenbacker bass tones with a pull of the control knob .This great feature was introduced by Rickenbacker in 2006. Prior to 1984, Rickenbacker basses used a capacitor in the treble pickup circuit to emphasize treble tones coming from that pickup. However, changes in tone preference and a call for higher output led Rickenbacker to discontinue the use of this capacitor in favour of a more balanced sound. Nevertheless many users added this capacitor back into the circuit as they preferred the vintage tone. So to address this issue in 2006 Rickenbacker introduced the”Vintage Tone Selector” which is a added a push/pull pot so you could engage this replaced capacitor so you get that classic Rickenbacker sound that many players wanted or you can get a fuller sound with more bass emphasis. So with a Rickenbacker 4003 bass made from 2006 onwards you will get even greater flexibility that you would if you bought an older model. With a simple pull of the treble tone control, the Vintage Tone Selector will allow a player to move between both sounds at the pull of this switch. Pressed in, you’ll hear the familiar balanced tone of the 4003, while pulled out to engage the circuit; you’ll appreciate the bite and crispness popularized by such artists as Macca, Lemmy and Chris Squire. In my View Rickenbacker’s are the best looking basses on the planet, and this one is truly stunning and is defiantly the one of the best looking Rickenbacker that I have ever seen.