Rickenbacker 4003 Mapleglo


The Rickenbacker 4003 Bass is well-known for its ringing sustain, treble punch, and sturdy underbelly. It’s also known for its unusual, elegantly curved body design, which is highlighted by a thin strip of binding, deluxe triangular fretboard inlays, stereo output, neck-thru-body construction, twin truss rods, and high output single-coil pickups with a wide response range and excellent clarity. To enhance the high end, the Vintage Tone Selector engages a capacitor in the treble pickup circuit. When pressed in, the typical 4003 sound is heard; draw it out to add bite and sharpness. Case is included.

  • Elegantly curved body shape
  • Stereo output
  • Neck-thru-body construction
  • Double truss rods
  • High-output single-coil pickups
  • Vintage Tone Selector boosts high-end
  • Deluxe triangular fret inlays
  • Schaller Deluxe machine heads
  • Includes case

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Rickenbacker 4003 Mapleglo

“Roundabout.” Many of the musicians here at Midwest Guitar Center remember the sound of that classic Yes bass line: an early-1960s Rickenbacker strung with roundwounds and played with a heavy-gauge nylon pick.

Rickenbacker basses, with their punchy treble, robust bottom end, and ringing sustain, helped shape the sound of classic rock in the skillful hands of progressive bassists like Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, and Geddy Lee.

There’s only one way to get that legendary sound. Today’s powerful Rickenbacker 4003 Mapleglo delivers those inimitable bass tones, as well as stereo output, in a streamlined instrument ready for the new millennium.

All-maple construction for iconic sustain and treble punch

The Rickenbacker 4003 Mapleglo is made of high-quality maple. Maple is incredibly stable, which helps to maintain the structural integrity of the neck, which runs the length of the body.

The instrument’s legendary bite and growl are partly due to the density of maple and the neck-through construction. The large rosewood fingerboard offers warmth and harmonic complexity, counterbalancing the brilliant top end with powerful, rich bass.

Stereo Rick-O-Sound output opens up a palette of sonic possibilities

The Rickenbacker 4003 Mapleglo bass has two output jacks. The first is a traditional mono output. The second is a stereo Rick-O-Sound output, which sends distinct signals from both pickups. Why should your guitarist and keyboardist have all the fun? Just consider the possibilities!

You could connect the neck and bridge pickups to different amps. Pan the pickups to the left and right. To create immersive stereo soundscapes, use different effects pedals in each signal route. You’re no longer limited to only holding down the bottom end with the Rickenbacker 4003.

A potent sonic elixir

The 4003’s powerful sonic elixir is provided via two single-coil pickups, mono/stereo output, and push-pull vintage/modern voicing for incredible tonal diversity. The 4003’s unusual body shape gives it the classic Rickenbacker bass appearance and feel, whether you’re sitting or standing. With the Rickenbacker 4003 bass, you can create your own renowned sound.

Rickenbacker 4003 Mapleglo Bass Features:

  • The iconic Rick bass, immortalized by Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, and Geddy Lee
  • Maple body and through-neck, for serious sustain and treble zing
  • Body binding and block fingerboard inlays add a touch of elegance
  • Thick rosewood fingerboard adds warmth and harmonic richness
  • 2 single-coil pickups, mono/stereo output
  • 3-way selector with 2 tone and 2 volume controls
  • Stereo Rick-O-Sound output lets you route each pickup individually
  • Push-pull vintage/modern voicing for immense tonal versatility
  • Schaller Deluxe tuners are stage rugged and studio dependable

Rickenbacker 4003 Mapleglo Tech Specs

  • Number of Strings:4
  • Left-/Right-handed:Right-handed
  • Body Shape:4003 Traditional
  • Body Material:Maple
  • Body Finish:High Gloss Poly
  • Color:Mapleglo
  • Neck Material:Maple, Neck-thru
  • Radius:10″
  • Fingerboard Material:Rosewood, bound
  • Fingerboard Inlay:Triangles
  • Number of Frets:20
  • Scale Length:33.25″
  • Nut Width:1.6875″
  • Nut Material:Bakelite
  • Bridge/Tailpiece:RIC bridge and tailpiece
  • Tuners:Schaller Deluxe
  • Neck Pickup:Single-coil
  • Bridge Pickup:Single-coil
  • Controls:2 x volume, 2 x tone (push/pull treble tone control), 3-way toggle pickup switch, 2 x 1/4″ outputs (standard, stereo)
  • Case Included:Hardshell case
  • Manufacturer Part Number:4003-MG


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