Rickenbacker 4003S Bass Guitar in Matte Black

An Updated Take on the Classic 4001S


Legendary musicians like Paul McCartney and Chris Squire were massive advocates when they received their 4001S models during the ‘60s – arguably one of the most iconic bass guitars ever produced. The Rickenbacker 4003S is an updated take on that classic bass, pairing a timeless vintage look and sound with modern design principles. A sleek, curved body that is more comfortable than its 4003 precursor and no body binding make this a far more suitable choice for the current day player.

Maple Construction

A Maple build ultimately means a high-quality bass guitar. The wood is extremely stable and ensures that the neck-through body design remains structurally secure. Its density also benefits the overall sound – offering you the timeless growl and sustain that became the backbone of classic rock. The addition of a durable, rosewood fingerboard provides harmonic variety and warmth. It also helps to keep the brighter high end in balance, while maintaining a decadent bass tone. A matte black finish tops this package off, meaning that the 4003S looks just as good as it sounds.

Versatile Neck

The streamlined neck and dual cutaway body equals speed. You’ll be able to move fast with unparalleled ease across the fretboard, accessing every single note quickly, but accurately. The neck is super versatile, making it great for almost any style of music. It feels instantly suited to whatever type of genre you decide to throw at it!

Pair of Single Coil Pickups

Tonal variety is secured by a pair of Rickenbacker single coil pickups found in the neck and bridge positions of the 4003S. They result in a quick attack and a thick midrange, providing the bass with its impressive, recognisable tone. A smart push/pull function has been implemented in one of the tone control pots. This adds further versatility as it allows you to switch the voicing of the guitar between a vintage and modern sound on the fly.


  • Machine Heads: Schaller Deluxe
  • Output Type: Mono
  • Pickup Type: Single Coil
  • Number of Pickups: 2
  • Neck Type: Through Body
  • Bridge: RIC
  • Tailpiece: RIC
  • Fret Marker Style: Dot
  • Weight: 4.1kg (9.0lbs.)
  • Fingerboard Wood: Rosewood
  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Body Wood: Maple
  • Crown Radius: 25.4cm (10")
  • Scale Length: 84.5cm (33 1/4")
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Fret Marker Style: Dot
  • Body Type: Solid
  • String: 4
  • Case Included: Yes
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