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Bass Porn: My 1987 Rickenbacker 4003

Rickenbacker 4003 – beauty

My Rickenbacker 4003 is finished in silver, and sports the black hardware so common on 1980s Rickenbackers.

Rickenbacker 4003 – headstock

Rickenbacker 4003 – tuners

Old Rickies from the 1960s use Kluson tuners. Seventies models were most often equipped with Grover tuners. By the Eighties Rickenbacker had switched to Rickenbacker-branded Schaller tuners from Germany.

Rickenbacker 4003 – inlays

The original 4001 basses featured triangular ”shark-fin” inlays that went all the way from one edge of the fretboard to the other, effectively cutting the ’board into many pieces. The Rickenbacker 4003 has redesigned and slightly smaller inlays.

Rickenbacker 4003 – horns + pickups

Viewed from the top both singlecoil pickups seem identical.

Rickenbacker 4003 – neck pickup

While the units feature virtually identical polepieces and coils, they do differ in the details. The neck pickup is powered by a single, flat bar magnet stuck underneath the bobbin.

Rickenbacker 4003 – bridge pickup

The 4003’s distinctive bridge pickup tone of the Eighties model is produced by using a unique, thick rubber/ceramic-compound magnet that has a large gap (for the wiring) on the fingerboard-facing side. The hand rest has been removed by the previous owner.

Rickenbacker 4003 – bridge

The Rickenbacker bass bridge stands in its own recess inside the combined tailpiece and mute assembly.
In the Eighties Rickenbacker experimented with different tailpiece thicknesses, leading to quite a few bridge assemblies featuring two additional screws close to the ball ends. These factory-installed screws keep the – slightly too flexible – tailpiece from being bent out of shape by the string pull.

Rickenbacker 4003 – body binding + bridge screws

The body binding on Rickenbacker basses is usually glued to the body wings before the wings are attached to the through-neck.

Rickenbacker 4003 – full front

Rickenbacker 4003 – full back

Rickenbacker 4003 – glue line

Look closely, and you’ll be able to spot the glue-lines demarcating the through-neck.

Rickenbacker 4003 – jack plate

Rickenbacker used several different numbering schemes throughout the decades. In 1987 they introduced a new numbering system with a letter indicating the month of production (A = January) and a number standing for the year (0 = 1987). Additionally there are four numbers on the lower edge of the jack plate (digitally wiped from this photograph).
The Rick-O-Sound-output is for use with a Y-cable (stereo plug to two mono plugs), splitting the pickup signals for use with two amplifiers or for adding different effects to each of the pickups.

Rickenbacker 4003 – body beauty

This is what my own Rickenbacker-bass sounds like, when recorded using a SansAmp Bass Driver DI-box:

fingerstyle/neck PU

fingerstyle/both PUs

fingerstyle/bridge PU

plectrum/neck PU

plectrum/both PUs

plectrum/bridge PU


Some Rick-tastic clips:


Klassikkokitarat, osa 7: Gibson ES-175

Pisin jatkuvassa tuotannossa ollut Gibson-sähkökitara on Gibson ES-175.

Kun sitä esiteltiin ensimmäistä kertaa vuonna 1949 malli oli varustettu ainoastaan yhdellä P-90-mikrofonilla, joka sijaitsi lähellä kaulaa. Koska ES-175 oli alusta asti tarkoitettu sähköistettuksi jazzkitaraksi, runkoa rakennettiin muottiin prässätystä vaahteravanerista, eikä kokopuusta. Kitaran kaula on mahongista ja reunalistoitettu otelauta on palisanteria.

Ensimmäisinä vuosina kitaran talla oli kokonaan puusta, mutta 1950-luvun loppupuolesta lähtien on käytetty lähes aina Tune-o-matic-tallaa.

ES-175-mallissa esintyvät kaksi erilaista kieltenpidinmallia: ensimmäisissä tuotantomalleissa oli trapetsin muotoinen kieltenpidin (katso Gibsonia ylhäällä), myöhemmin kitara sai ihan oman mallinsa, jonka näkyy Epiphonen ES-175-versiossa. Molemmat versiot käytettiin vaihtelevasti 1970-luvusta lähtien.

Vuonna 1953 syntyi se varsinainen klassikko – kahdella mikrofonilla varustettu ES-175D. Vuodelta 1957 lähtien humbuckerit kuuluvat molemman mallin vakiovarusteisiin.

Vuonna 1971 lopetettiin yksimikrofonisen version sarjatuotantoa, ja kaksimikkisesta mallista tuli ES-175, ilman D:tä.

ES-175 on orkesterikitaroiden klassikko – kitara, joka on yhä monen orkesterikitaran esikuva.

Yes-yhtiön Steve Howe on rock-piireissä mallin tunnetuin käyttäjä.

Vuosina 1952-’58 oli ES-175:lla myös hieman näyttävämpi sisarmalli, nimeltään ES-295:

ES-295 on periaatteessa sama kitara kuin ES-175, paitsi että se on kokonaan kullanvärinen, muoviosat ovat valkoisia, ja alussa ES-295:llä oli alkuperäisen Les Paul -mallin pitkä trapetsitalla.

Monien mielestä ES-295 on se ”Elvis-malli”, koska Presleyn alkuperäinen kitaristi, Scotty Moore, käytti tätä soitinta usein.



Classic Guitars, part 7: Gibson ES-175

The Gibson ES-175 is the Gibson guitar, that has been in continuous production for the longest.

When it was first introduced in 1949 it was a single-pickup model, with a P-90 in the neck position. The ES-175 was meant to be an electric Jazz-guitar from the start, so the body was constructed from laminated, pressed maple, instead of featuring a solid carved top. The neck is mahogany and the bound fingerboard made from rosewood.

For the first few years the guitar was equipped with a pre-compensated ebony bridge, later models feature a tune-o-matic bridge.

Two different tailpieces can be found on an ES-175: at first it featured a trapeze, like the Gibson at the top, later models were equipped with the special T-shaped tailpiece of the Epiphone below, but since the 1970s both types have been used on and off.

In 1953 the original ES-175 was joined by the now classic two-pickup model, the ES-175D. From 1957 onwards both models have been equipped with humbucking pickups.

In 1971 the single-pickup model was deleted from Gibson’s range, and the two-pickup model’s designation thus changed to ES-175 without the ”D”.

The ES-175 is an absolut classic among full-body Jazz-guitars, and its has become the yardstick most newcomers have to live up to.

In Rock-circles Steve Howe of Yes is by far the most famous user.

From 1952 to ’58 the ES-175 also had a foxier sister, called the ES-295:

The ES-295 is built exactly like an ES-175, except for the all-gold finish, the cream pickguard, and the fact that the original incarnation featured the long Les Paul -trapeze-bridge.

Most people associate this model with early Rock’n’Roll as well as Country-music. Elvis Presley’s original guitarist, Scotty Moore, was often spotted with an ES-295.