The iconic upper bout and headstock silhouettes of the Rickenbacker 4001 are the most salient characteristics of the "crested-wave" body shape designed by luthier Roger Rossmeisl for Rickenbacker's... read more
The iconic upper bout and headstock silhouettes of the Rickenbacker 4001 are the most salient characteristics of the "crested-wave" body shape designed by luthier Roger Rossmeisl for Rickenbacker's model 4000. The 4001 model features a neck-through construction, a full-wood body, fretboard with metal strings (originally flat-wound, though many players replaced them with round-wounds), twin truss rods, triangle inlays, two pickups, two volume and two tone dials, selector switch, and wiring for Rick-O-Sound (standard in models post-1971).
Construction Body type Solid Neck joint Bound or unbound maple (4001S model) Scale 33 (medium scale) or 30?1?2 (Short-scale version)
Woods Body Bound maple Neck Maple and Walnut Fretboard Ebony, Rosewood
Hardware Pickup(s) 2 single coil/horseshoe
Colors available Fireglo (Cherry Sunburst), Autumnglo (Tobacco Sunburst), Burgundyglo (Red), Jetglo (black), Mapleglo (natural) and Azureglo (blue)
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1978 jetglo Rickenbacker
1978 jetglo Rickenbacker bought on Reverb (june 2019) Simply the best bass that i played :)
Rickenbacker 4001 - December 1978 - Black. Bass completely original in excellent esthetic condition, despite his 41 years of age. Excellent playability thanks to the perfect functioning of the two truss roads and the condition of the keys which have a consumption of 20%. The sound of the P.u. the handle is soft and at the same time more acute when combined with the P.U. typically medium / acute bridge.
Product Features Condition : Excellent (Used) Brand : Rickenbacker Model : 4001 Finish : Jetglo Categories : 4 strings Year : 1978 Manufacturing : United States Fingerboard material : Rosewood Right-handed / Left-handed : Right-handed Microphone circuit : Passive Number of strings : 4 strings Body Shape : Double Cutaway
An Iconic tone monster
I had a 1983 4003 that had a truss rod failure and was never able to get if repaired so I parted with it. I found an awesome 1973 Rickenbacker 4001 from Chicago Music Exchange in excellent condition. It plays like a champ and it has the trademark cutting tone that was more prevalent from the Rickenbacker 4001 series in the 70s.