Chicago Music Exchange Unveils Two Exclusive Rickenbacker Basses & A New Episode of “Gettin’ Out of the BASSment”

October 10, 2017

Chicago Music Exchange (CME) and Rickenbacker Guitars have collaborated on a Limited Edition 4003 Bass in two exclusive finishes—Metallic PlumGlo and CieloGlo.

The Rickenbacker 4003 bass is famous for its ringing sustain, treble punch and solid underlying bass tones. Since its introduction in 1980 this improved version of the classic 4001 bass has featured a bound fingerboard, mono and stereo output, improved truss rod design, and a slough of modern upgrades. Available only at CME, these nods to the instrument inject a dose of CME personality into the 4003 while still maintaining the recognizability and integrity of the famous design.

CME visited the Rickenbacker headquarters in early 2017 looking to collaborate on a truly unique piece. The resulting basses embody the quality and legacy of Rickenbacker with a true Chicago twist. Inspired by the city’s corresponding train lines (know around town as the “L” train), these vibrant finishes mirror the energy of Chicago’s bustling urban environment.

"Rickenbacker has a long history of standing out without sacrificing an ounce of the 'cool factor',” said Chicago Music Exchange Bass Authority and Assistant Manager Marc Stranger-Najjar. “We at CME are thrilled to work with them on such a special run of stunning basses that happen to represent the diversity of the Windy City.”

To celebrate the release of these CME-exclusive 4003 basses, CME has also premiered its second episode of the shop’s collaborative “Gettin’ Out Of The Bassment” video series with Bass Player magazine. In this installment, Stranger-Najjar takes the basses on a whirlwind tour around Chicago’s famous neighborhoods—and how else to do it but on the similarly colored lines of the Chicago Transit Authority trains on which they’re based?



Metallic PlumGlo is a finish rarely seen in the US. Rickenbacker introduced it as a limited Japan only model in 2014 and we are pleased to offer it again for the enjoyment of Rickenbacker fans all over the world.

Inspired by the Spanish word for “Heaven”—The CieloGlo 4003 bass is truly a gorgeous and otherworldly instrument. While similar metallic blue finishes have found their way into the Rickenbacker lineup, this non-metallic blue is unique to Chicago Music Exchange and is sure to move quickly.


Other features include a solid maple body, through-body maple neck with 10” radiused, bound rosewood fingerboard and triangle inlays, 33 ¼” scale length, high-output single-coil pickups, Schaller Deluxe machine heads, a four-saddle RIC bridge and tailpiece, and much more. Each one also comes in a premium hardshell case.

For more information on the the product, visit the Chicago Music Exchange website at 

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