|Geddy Lee & his Rickenbacker; "Exit Stage Left"|
|New Rickenbacker 4003 is a beautiful thing!|
Fit & Finish:
Its black finish was flawless and all the parts felt stout. However, the tuning posts (where strings are wound) were much smaller than those found on Fender-type basses, though the tuning keys were very similar. Medium-jumbo frets looked properly finished, the rosewood fingerboard was rich in color and the binding/distinctive pearoid inlays looked fantastic!
|Oh my, that string action!|
The only disappointing element was the super high string action, a problem that this particular store is infamous for. Normally, string action is a fairly simple problem to correct on most basses... but not on the Ric due to the bridge design.
|A "Platinum Room" setup by a national guitar retailer|
Prior to the test drive while on my way to the shop, I was secretly hoping to fall in love with the bass, and fantasized that my wife would happily encourage me to leave the shop as a new Rickenbacker 4003 owner. The bass still hangs on the shop's wall today, waiting for someone with more money and patience than I. A great instrument in every respect (sans poor setup), I hope to add one to my collection someday soon. Until then,
...stay tuned & in tune!