Just as the 4001 was introduced as an upgrade to the 4000, the Rickenbacker 4003 was introduced in 1980 as an upgrade to the 4001. After the 4001 was discontinued in 1986, the 4003 became Rickenbacker's main production bass. The two basses actually differ very little apart from a few minor cosmetic changes and a change in the trust rod system. The 4003S follows the same basic design as the 4003 with the exception of the omission of binding and triangle inlays. 

Body Style: “Cresting Wave” solidbody

Wood Composition: 
Maple body, Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: 
Neck-thru construction, triangular inlay, bound neck, Ric-O-Sound wiring

Notable Rickenbacker Bass Players:
 Geddy Lee, Paul McCartney, Chris Squire, Lemmy Kilmister, Cliff Burton

Product Specs

  • 4003S
  • Fireglo
  • Jetglo
  • Mapleglo
  • Midnight Blue
  • Ruby Red
  • 1986 - 2019
Made In
  • United States
Body Features
  • Offset
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Finish Features
  • Matching Headstock
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Number of Strings
  • 4 String
Pickup System
  • Passive
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed

From the Price Guide

Reviews for the Rickenbacker 4003S
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  • Still amazing after all these years

    Verified Purchase

    I've played Rickenbacker basses for more than 30 years and own several but always wanted an S model. This does not disappoint; gorgeous finish, easy to play neck, classic Ric bite and sustain. You must own one once in your life (recommend buying second hand as Ric owners tend to look after their gea…

  • Verified Purchase

    An iconic guitar. A little pricey, but still worth it. Looks and plays great!

  • The one bass I need and want.

    Verified Purchase

    I'm a compulsive collector and builder. I have about 30 guitars. Haven't counted in a while. But this is the one and only bass I need and want. I admired these things from afar for 30 years before finally sitting down and playing one and then buying one as soon as possible. They're amazing. Sounds a…

  • Rickenbacker 4003s

    Verified Purchase

    Great guitar. Love it....

  • Well Made Bass Guitar

    Verified Purchase

    This is my first Rickenbacker bass guitar and I think that it's great. A nice addition to my collection of Fender Jazz and P bass guitars. The Rickenbacker seems to be very well made with good materials. The sound options with the two pickups and vintage tone pot is great. I'm excited to be able to have this bass as an option.