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Music Store Live is proud to present this Left Handed 1982 Rickenbacker 4003 Bass! Now this is something you do not see every day. This left handed 4003 is ready to rock if you are. We've set it up to play flawlessly in every position for you. The neck is straight, the action is low / medium low and this 4003 has killer intonation. With a huge low end, great sustain and punchy highs, this beast can hold it down in any playing situation.

Item Details

This left handed Rickenbacker 4003 was manufactured early in 1982 ( March ) and is from the first year that Rickenbacker introduced the three color black/red/yellow sunburst finish. Rickenbacker only offered this finish during 1982 and 1983 and to find a left handed model in it is increasingly rare. This 4003 has a few replacement parts. The tuners are modern Rick replacements. The nut is new. The pickups are appropriate replacement Rickenbacker high gain single coils. The bridge has been replaced with an All Parts Rick bridge. The strap buttons are replacement Dunlops. As you can see, the body has been through a relicing process. We see a lot of guitars with this (Fender, Nash, Gibson, Fano ) and to be quite honest, whoever did this looks like they knew what they were doing. The back of the neck has been sanded to produce an extremely smooth and woody feel as have all of the areas of distressing. This 4003 of course comes with the Ric-o-sound stereo / mono output. The serial number is VC541, the bass weighs 9.4 pounds and it comes with a black hard shell case.

Overall Condition

This 1982 Rickenbacker 4003 is in very good condition. It has been well played over the years, the finish has been relic'd and it has received some new parts but it is an excellent playing and sounding bass. Almost all of the wear on the body and neck are from the distressing procedure. The frets are in very good condition and show only minimal wear.

This left handed 4003 is finished in a very rare burst and, even more rare, shows a level of customization you just don't see very often. This bass may not be for every player but we know this is going to jump out at one of you and immediately grab your attention. As it should - this 4003 rocks.


The following features attribute to the classic and warm sound of this stunning instrument:

  • 1982 Rickenbacker 4003
  • Left Handed Model
  • Rare Black / Red / Yellow FireGlo 3 Color Sunburst
  • Relic'd Body and Neck
  • Maple Neck-through Design
  • Maple Body Wings
  • Rosewood Fretboard
  • Triangle Inlays
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Replacement All Parts / Ric Bridge
  • Replacement Nut
  • White Pick Guard
  • Scale Length 33 1/4"
  • Replacement Rickenbacker High Gain Single Coil Pickups
  • Modern Replacement Rickenbacker Tuners
  • Replacement Dunlop strap Buttons
  • 20 Frets 
  • Weight 9.4 lbs
  • Serial # VC541
  • Black Hard Shell Case

Our in house guitar tech has inspected, tested, and cleaned all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.

Our Mission

Our team of musicians fuses the spirit of the local guitar shop with the convenience of the web by creating a reliable and worry-free buying experience.

At Music Store Live, our goal is to revolutionize the way gear is bought online. It’s not just about videos and know how; it’s about the person on the other end of the line. Whether you are in Tokyo or Toledo, we invite you to experience the reality of a living online music store and help us shape the best buying experience possible. As you'll see in the video below, we're musicians just like you. We strive to offer the best gear, the best online experience, and the best personalized service in the industry. We invite you to get to know our team, and we would love the opportunity to get to know you too!

Free Shipping - Free Return Shipping - 30 Day Returns

At we are proud to offer free return shipping and a 30-day return policy in the 48 contiguous states on all new* items over $30. It's all part of our mission to bring the guitar shop to your living room. This policy allows you to get your gear hassle-free and try it with your own rig to be sure that it truly fits with your playing style and sound. If it doesn't work the way you had hoped we'll send you a prepaid return label and work up an exchange or issue you a refund once we get the item back in the same condition it was purchased. It's that simple.

Please allow 2-4 business days from the receiving date for returns to be processed.
  • Your order must ship to the billing address associated with your credit card, PayPal, or other method of payment (unless an alternate shipping address has been approved by an MSL Gear Specialist).
  • If you want the shipment to be held at a shipping company hub it is your responsibility to make those arrangements directly with the shipping company.
  • An indirect signature will be required upon delivery for all transactions over $250. If you would like to require a signature on a transaction of less than $250, please request it when you place your order.
  • We do not insure packages valued under $3,000. If you would like to add insurance for delivery or return please request it when requesting your order or initiating your return.
  • All returns are subject to a Tech Check upon arrival. Any instrument that is returned with damage, wear and tear (including pick marks), missing or replaced parts, missing protective or packing materials are not eligible for a full refund.
  • *Used / Vintage / Clearance items carry our same return policy, except with a 3­ day return window.
  • Orders shipped within California will be subject to 7.25% state sales tax.

In most cases we ship same day if your order is placed by 12 p.m. EST Monday thru Friday!

Return Policy Details
Is your instrument just not doing it for you? We understand and we absolutely want you to be thrilled with any gear that you buy from If you're not happy with your order, you can return it to us at no charge within 30 days of delivery.

  • Customers outside the continental USA must pay their own return shipping and are responsible for all applicable taxes and fees.
  • The return policy does not apply to custom orders or modifications (pickup installs, etc)
  • Contact MSL at or (866) 256-5725 to begin the return process. You can request a refund, store credit, or exchange.
  • We'll provide you a return label via email.
  • Ship the item back to us in its original packaging using the provided return label.
  • Customer is responsible for returning the item to Music Store Live in its original condition.
  • A refund or exchange will be issued within 3 business days from our receipt of the returned item.
  • All returns will go through a technical inspection and are subject to a restocking fee if the item is not returned in its original condition. Restocking fee to be determined by MSL.

Layaways & Financing


  • Deposit a non-refundable minimum of 10% down of the purchase price on anything in stock
  • Contact MSL at or (866) 256-5725 to place your initial deposit.
  • Pay it off at your convenience within 30 days.
  • $100 layaway fee for each additional month over the initial 30 days (on most items).


  • 6 Month Interest Free Financing is available via Paypal's Bill Me Later Program which is available upon checkout.
  • For a longer financing term, contact your Guitar Specialist at or (866) 256-5725 and we'll be happy to get you pre-approved for financing terms. Up to 5 year payment terms are available!

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