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Wow, very nice @kimgee ! Tell us more about the 5-string version, please :)

Introduced in 1987, model named 4003S/5, with Schaller M4 machine heads.
Rickenbacker basically simply crammed 5 strings onto a 4 string neck. The thing is virtually unplayable unless you use a pick.

I owned one for a brief while and traded it first chance I got.

The current five string Ric model (introduced in 2020 I believe?) has a broader neck, but those triangular shaped pickups to me make it look like a toy bass.
 

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Wow, very nice @kimgee ! Tell us more about the 5-string version, please :)
As Dimarco has demonstrated, the first version of the 4003 5 string is not for everyone. But, they are highly desired and sought after by those that aren't put off by the close string spacing, and especially collectors, as they are pretty rare. I don't have any trouble playing it with my fingers or a pick, but I play a lot of different guitars, and have never stuck to one instrument. I got started playing bass very late in the game, when I was 58 years old. As a result, I have been trying to play as many different basses as I can afford to. This strategy has really paid off for me, as I have been able to replace some of my lost income from unemployment by buying and selling used guitars. I personally think Ric basses sound better when played with a pick, and the closer string spacing is an advantage in this regard. With Rickenbacker, which is not a typical guitar manufacturer, any color other than black (jet-glo), red burst (fire-glo), or natural (maple-glo), is considered a "special run" and has a higher value - frequently in the hundreds of dollars. The fact that this is a first version 5 string, is white, and has all black hardware, makes it quite rare. The seller listed it for $4800 + shipping on Reverb. I noticed the seller was in my state, so I started negotiating. I drove a total of over 500 miles (round trip) and paid $3450 in cash for it. If I sell it down the road, as I well may, I expect to get at least $5K for it. This bass is awesome in my opinion. It is light, due to all maple construction, and balances perfectly. Warwicks sound great and are fantactic instruments, at least the German made ones anyway. But, in my opinion, only the classic design Rickenbackers have that Ric tone, and I love that tone. I didn't get the new 5 string for that reason. Although, I would definitely buy one for the right price! I would say the high end Warwicks play better, but not by much. Warwick's also have great tone, but it is very different from Rickenbacker's. Warwick has a tone that I think works with most, it not all genres of music. I can't say the same about Rickenbacker. But, when I start playing one of these 4003s, the first thing that pops into my mind is, " Holy crap this thing sounds awesome!" And isn't that what it's all about?

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Thank you for the detailed response @kimgee ! I have always thought that Ricks both sound and look great, but I am yet to own one myself. That 5 string looks really cool, and I'm sure it sounds even better!
 

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I owned three Ric 4003 models and they all sounded quite different from one another. And maybe I'm an oddball but I think Rics have the best slap tone in the business. :D
 

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As Dimarco has demonstrated, the first version of the 4003 5 string is not for everyone. But, they are highly desired and sought after by those that aren't put off by the close string spacing, and especially collectors, as they are pretty rare. I don't have any trouble playing it with my fingers or a pick, but I play a lot of different guitars, and have never stuck to one instrument. I got started playing bass very late in the game, when I was 58 years old. As a result, I have been trying to play as many different basses as I can afford to. This strategy has really paid off for me, as I have been able to replace some of my lost income from unemployment by buying and selling used guitars. I personally think Ric basses sound better when played with a pick, and the closer string spacing is an advantage in this regard. With Rickenbacker, which is not a typical guitar manufacturer, any color other than black (jet-glo), red burst (fire-glo), or natural (maple-glo), is considered a "special run" and has a higher value - frequently in the hundreds of dollars. The fact that this is a first version 5 string, is white, and has all black hardware, makes it quite rare. The seller listed it for $4800 + shipping on Reverb. I noticed the seller was in my state, so I started negotiating. I drove a total of over 500 miles (round trip) and paid $3450 in cash for it. If I sell it down the road, as I well may, I expect to get at least $5K for it. This bass is awesome in my opinion. It is light, due to all maple construction, and balances perfectly. Warwicks sound great and are fantactic instruments, at least the German made ones anyway. But, in my opinion, only the classic design Rickenbackers have that Ric tone, and I love that tone. I didn't get the new 5 string for that reason. Although, I would definitely buy one for the right price! I would say the high end Warwicks play better, but not by much. Warwick's also have great tone, but it is very different from Rickenbacker's. Warwick has a tone that I think works with most, it not all genres of music. I can't say the same about Rickenbacker. But, when I start playing one of these 4003s, the first thing that pops into my mind is, " Holy crap this thing sounds awesome!" And isn't that what it's all about?

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Congrats - nice catch , sexy beast ! How's the neck profile?
Seems you got the Rick-bug :)
Are you getting the Lemmy sound out if it?
 

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I owned three Ric 4003 models and they all sounded quite different from one another. And maybe I'm an oddball but I think Rics have the best slap tone in the business. :D
Apparently, Rickenbacker has changed their pickups a number of times. Two identical looking pickups can be wound very differently. It is a weird company.
 

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Congrats - nice catch , sexy beast ! How's the neck profile?
Seems you got the Rick-bug :)
Are you getting the Lemmy sound out if it?
I have a great deal of respect for Lemmy Kilmister. From the interviews of him that I have seen, he seems like a likeable kind of guy, that would be fun to hang with. And that is a rare thing for artists at that level of fame, but I am just not a fan of Metal music. From my experience with Rickenbacker basses and their tone, I would think every Metal bassist would be playing one.
 

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What a beauty!!! Congrats!
 
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Picked this up for way too little, a SR1306PD from 1993.
Wenge/bubinga neck with padouk body, not too heavy.

I think it's a Warwick in disguise, but that might just be me. Last pic it's hanging next to its lighter and blacker brother.
 

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Picked this up for way too little, a SR1306PD from 1993.
Wenge/bubinga neck with padouk body, not too heavy.

I think it's a Warwick in disguise, but that might just be me. Last pic it's hanging next to its lighter and blacker brother.
Congrats ! Beautiful bass ! 4,6 kg only?
 
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Picked this up for way too little, a SR1306PD from 1993.
Wenge/bubinga neck with padouk body, not too heavy.

I think it's a Warwick in disguise, but that might just be me. Last pic it's hanging next to its lighter and blacker brother.

6-strings and wenge? Color me green, cause I'm jealous as hell. :)
 

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@Gnermo I have the same bass in. 4 string version. Was my main player for 12 years. Love it. Great tone!
 

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Thanks ! I also have the HS5 Humbucker-Single different colour. They are good basses, I have to say.
Price is OK, but no original MuMa case.
 
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Picked this up for way too little, a SR1306PD from 1993.
Wenge/bubinga neck with padouk body, not too heavy.

I think it's a Warwick in disguise, but that might just be me. Last pic it's hanging next to its lighter and blacker brother.
Very nice, and made in Japan too!
 
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