"The Rickenbacker, I've used a lot of different ones. Obviously people switch instruments for tones, but we started exploring with different tunings as well. I use a Drop-D tuning with the Rickenbacker. It's not so much even for a heavy metal sound - people associate the drop-D with that kind of thing - but it's even more for a sort of droning. Like I'll do the open which would be the open-D string which now is the open-C. So for some of those songs it's like an open-C kind of thing. I think that when I stumbled upon the drop tuning because the action when I got the bass was really high, and it has a dual truss rod in it. So I didn't really want to mess with it; I didn't want to ruin it or anything like that. I figure I'm pretty well to get around standard stuff and poke around with my basses but I just didn't want to risk breaking the truss rod. To compensate for the high tuning I would just tune the bass down. It was with me all last year on tour and I'd always play it backstage and whatever. We were backstage, I think it was our last night on the Duran Duran tour last fall and Tyler said I have this idea for this song, which became 'Trust,' and he said 'Here play this,' and it was in that tuning. So the Rickenbacker when we recorded I knew I wanted to use that because it was already in the tuning and just ended up having that sound. Again, it's a good complement between like, it has the really low lows but it has a cutting top-end as well to it."more
On Sonic Youth's [website](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/bass10.html), about Kim Gordon's RIckenbacker 4003, it is said: "Used by Kim: 1988?-1990 NOTES: Used briefly between the Ovation and the Thunderbird, or possibly in conjunction with the Thunderbird at some '89 shows. -Yellow body -1 pickup ? -Rosewood fretboard -1 toggle switch -4 knobs -White pickguard -Used in the "Silver Rocket" & "Dirty Boots" videos"more
O site oficial do Engenheiros do Hawaii apontam 4 Rickenbackers 4003 usados pelo Gessinger entre 1987 e 2002. Eles podem ser ouvidos no A revolta dos dândis e Ouça o que eu digo não ouça ninguém e em shows mais para o início da carreira. Atualmente, em carreira solo Gessinger voltou a utilizar um baixo Rickenbacker 4003 amarelo com escudo preto.more
A Ric 4001 is the bass that helped me find my musical voice. I upgraded to a 4003 a couple years later, in 2008. It's an amazing sounding instrument for melodies and bright sustain. I've come to find it a little clanky with round-wound strings, so I've set it up with flatwounds. As a result, it's not great with aggressive rock sounds, but is really great for warmer tones.
One thing worth noting is that I've had a few problems with the neck pickup over the years. I got it rewound, but it's always been a pain.
My 2010 midnight blue Rick is my end all be all of basses. I've played many other ricks (4001s and 4003s) and find that what ever is up with this year and build happens to be perfect for my needs. It feels quite similar to a vintage 4001 with a thin neck, but longer fret board. Every new Rick I've played post 2010 has a fatter necks and doesn't feel quite as good in comparison.
Rickenbacker basses realy cool, but i have alembic pickups and hipshot bridge. I want all original, but in siberia original parts to difficult to find :( But this bass is still cool, rock machine, machine gun!
Man, this is such a beautiful bass! Mine is a 1996 Fireglo model and I could just stare at it forever. The neck is amazing, super smooth, perfect radius (for me), and the tuners are super-sensitive (not always a good thing, I actually broke I string because of it, but usually it's pretty useful). The tonal variations between the two pickups isn't too noticeable, but still adds a nice subtle timbre difference to fit to whatever style you're trying to play. The pickup cover is pretty stupid, I removed it almost immediately. Just gets in the way, although when you take it off, there are a couple of sharp parts exposed that one should be wary of when playing, especially without a pick. The bridge is my main problem. I say this because it has these built-in mutes, which seems great, but you have to lower your strings to the point where there is excessive fret buzz, rendering them a bit useless. Whenever I want to mute the strings, I either have to have fret buzz or only half-mute them. I would definitely recommend putting on some roundwounds and letting this thing just rip. It sounds so amazing! But, the high gain pickups often cause a lot of noise with the gain knob anywhere above 1.
I have only played Fender basses. I had a short interest in the Music Man Stingray, but with the release of Fender's American Standard Jaguar bass, that interest was extinguished.
My 21st birthday is coming up and my dad has had his eye on Rickenbacker basses since I started to play bass guitar. This is mainly because his brother purchased a Rickenbacker 4001 from a local music shop when they both were young. My uncles 4001 is the same year and finish as the 4001 that Paul McCartney played with Wings in the 70s. Ever since, my dad has been interested in the instruments. Since my 21st is coming up, my dad decided a perfect gift to celebrate the occasion was 4003 of my very own. He purchased my bass in the same finish as his brothers bass; MapleGlo. The bass he purchased was featured in Sam Ash's Guitars of Distinction. Though he does not know that I am aware he purchased the bass, I have to wait until October to officially "get" the bass. However, I have been able to play the instrument when no one is home because I know where it is hidden in our house. The 4003 is much different from any of the basses I own. The neck on the 4003 is definitely wider than my Fender necks, but it is oddly comfortable and easy to play like other basses I have played. I feel as though the flat profile of the back of the neck helps in making Rickenbacker basses so effortless to play. I will say that the "horseshoe" cover over the bridge takes some getting used to as I am a finger style player and often find myself looking for a place to anchor my thumb. I am considering adding one of the zero mod thumb rests in order to solve this problem and wish to avoid removing the bridge cover to preserve the classic look of the 4003.
Sound wise, the 4003 is a completely different monster than any Fender bass I have played. It is articulate and clean as a Jazz bass, really emphasizing the mid range, but it is also round and almost hollow sounding like a Precision bass. The neck pickup of the 4003 is really thump-y and perfect for holding down the low end and nothing more. The middle position on the bass has to be my favorite as it maintains the thump from the neck pickup while adding in that added punch from the bridge pickup. Though I don't forsee myself using the bridge pickup in a clean setting, it really cuts through with the help from my Fuzzrocious Demon King overdrive pedal.
On top of all these pickup configurations, the Rickenbacker 4003 also has a push/pull pot on the tone pot that allows you to change the tone capacitor to that of the vintage 4001 basses, giving the 4003 an even larger tonal palette. In the vintage mode, the 4003 loose some of the the lowend but adds in a growl that the 4001 basses were known for.