The Ric bass is such a unique looking character. I would think it would be hard to make a "convincing copy".Be careful.
If you're specifically looking at cheap ones 2nd hand, you run the risk of encountering counterfeits.
The 4004 is a stripped down version of the 4003. No binding, inlays, etc.You can see the classified ads on TalkBass.com for free.
I would highly recommend getting a 4004 instead, unless you have a need for the stereo output.
I would highly recommend getting a 4004...
Why is this?
I second the 4004 series of basses. I have two and have had two others in the past; they are not just "stripped down" versions of a 4003: the contouring is really nice, they are very lightweight, the HB-1 pickups are fantastic sounding and dead quiet (although my latest 4004 Laredo SPC has toaster pickups in it, just my personal preference in tone), the Schaller bridges are excellent (I have been using them on basses since the early '80s).The 4004 is a stripped down version of the 4003. No binding, inlays, etc.
However, it's also more expensive, which doesn't really make sense.
They come up only a few times per year. Last one was around Christmas. The next may be the 4th of July.I just signed up for the backstage pass at MF the other day.
When is there gonna be a 20% sale?
I hardly ever even see 15%.
I think with the possible exception of Squier beginner Strat-pack guitars, no instrument commands "I paid X, so I expect at LEAST X.5" like a Rickenbacker, be it a bass or a guitar.The used market for Rics is just weird, since you can get them new for less than people try to sell them for used