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2004 Rickenbacker 4003 Electric Bass Montezuma Brown w/ Gold Hardware & Case, 4001


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Up for sale, a 2004 Rickenbacker 4003 in near mint condition and in perfect working order with a limited edition custom color Montezuma Brown gloss finish and silver vintage-style Ric hardshell case. A "Color of the Year" finish discontinued long ago, the Montezuma Brown gloss is complimented by the original hardware which has been re-plated gold, along with a matching gold lucite pickguard and truss rod cover.

Nothing beats the midrange character and tonal color of a Rickenbacker 4003, and this one has a wonderfully acoustically resonant maple body, weighing 9lbs 6oz. The growl and low end richness of this bass is fantastic, with the sustain that only comes from a neck through body design. This bass plays very well with 45-105 roundwound strings, setup by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in for optimal action and intonation.

The neck has a full and round C-shaped profile with plenty of substance and generous shoulder, measuring .935" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The stock fretwire is virtually unplayed with well-rounded crowns, and the gloss-finished rosewood fretboard sports triangular pearl inlays. Both truss rods are responsive, and the bass plays well in all registers. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the original tuning machines turn smoothly, and the "Rickenbacker" logo truss rod cover is vintage-style upgrade (original truss rod cover also included).

All of the electronics are stock, and the chrome hardware was professionally re-plated in gold, save for the Rick-o-Sound jack plate which retains its original chrome plating, silkscreen text, and 04-prefix serial number. Plastic parts include the back-painted gold lucite pickguard and vintage-style 4001 knobs, with a couple superficial splits in the pickguard that don't affect stability in the slightest. There's barely a scratch on the rare "Color of the Year" Montezuma Brown gloss finish, and this bass is a particularly dark and saturated iteration of this custom color.

A silver tolex Rickenbacker hardshell case is included with blue plush interior, black leather ends, and functional latches.