Rickenbacker Bass

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About Rickenbacker Bass

Rickenbacker basses provide a sound that no other bass can. Rich, thick and full of character, these basses sound as good as they look. The Rickenbacker 4003, perhaps the most well known model, has become something of an alternative icon with lots of counter-culture and post-punk bands opting to use this most strident and stately of basses.

Rickenbacker basses are hand made in Santa Ana, California, and every one is a piece of rock history.

Frequently Asked Questions about Rickenbacker Bass

We keep stock of Rickenbacker basses in each one of our UK based guitarguitar stores! Stock will definitely vary from store to store though, as will availability. This is simply due to the nature of Rickenbacker and the limited numbers they ship with each delivery. On our website, every individual guitar has information about its location: just click through and have a look on the right hand side. You can also ask the staff at your local guitarguitar store about availability and forthcoming stock.
Rickenbacker actually make basses with both. The 4003 and its variants typically have a pair of single coils whilst the 4004 models tend to have humbuckers.
There are three main models: the 4001, 4003 and 4004. They all share the same silhouette but are otherwise stylistically different. The 4001 most closely resembles the 4003 but has no binding and dot inlays. The 4004 is stripped back further and offers a more streamlined appearance as well as a choice of interesting finishes.
Famous Rickenbacker bassists include Chris Squire, Lemmy, Geddy Lee and Geezer Butler among many others!
The most popular Rickenbacker bass is easily the 4003 in Jetglo, otherwise known as Black.