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-throug...
Jenny Lee can be see in this picture playing her Rickenbacker 4001. In this [article](http://staticmultimedia.com/music/emily-kokal-and-jenny-lee-lindbergs-new-album-warpaint) from *Static*, Jenny says about the bass "Well, it was given to me. And I started playing it. And fell in love and it’s still really hard to beat. I’ve played other basses and they’re nice, but I feel like that sort of touches all the basses, the basses."more
Glenn Hughes used this late 1973 (evidenced by the photo being taken in early 1974, but the bass not having the 'toaster' pickup that came on most 1973 basses) Ricky 4001, at Ritchie Blackmore's urging, to record the Burn album and the first few dates of the tour. He then gave it to Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath who used it for a few dates, and now keeps it safe at his home. Glenn has since said he regrets giving it to the Sabbath bassist.more
Geddy used his Black Rickenbacker 4001 from their first tour in 1974 until the Grace Under Pressure Warm Up Tour in 1983 although he pulled it back out for A Passage To Bangkok on the Snakes & Arrows tour in 2007 and 2008. He can also be seen using it in the introduction video for the Time Machine tour.more
"I have a fantastic Rickenbacker 4001 from the 70's, but its range is limited to rock. I need an overall good sounding bass that'll work for anything. My favorite sounding bass is a P-bass with passive pickups. The natural sound of that bass just sounds right to me for some reason. It fills up the frequencies that I listen for in a bass."more
In the image you can see C.F. "Fred" Turner playing a Rickenbacker 4001 live in New York. Secondary sources: http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/bassist-vocalist-and-songwriter-fred-turner-of-the-canadian-rock-picture-id495007882?s=594x594 http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/bassist-vocalist-and-songwriter-fred-turner-of-the-canadian-rock-picture-id495007864?s=594x594more
I bought a Rickenbacker bass guitar, before I was in Generation X, my best friend at the time, Mick Jones, was forming the Clash. He had this bass player Paul Simonon that couldn’t play bass at all. So I gave Paul my original bass guitar. source - http://juicemagazine.com/home/tony-james/more
Prior to getting his signature model, Lemmy used several Rickenbacker 4000 series basses. As early as his time with Hawkwind, photos show Lemmy with a 4001 in "mapleglo" (natural) finish, already adorned with what appears (an educated guess based on Lemmy's interest in Nazi memorabilia and given the low quality of the photos by today's standards) to be a sticker of a Nazi Reichsadler on the pickguard. https://davidwills.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/bbspeakers03.jpg Later photos and videos show Lemmy with another, altogether more iconic 4001 with a maple fretboard sporting star shaped inlays, a black pickguard and decals or stickers of an iron cross, some stars and the words "Born to lose, out to lunch". Since neither the fretboard nor the pickguard (and certainly not the stickers) were stock features of the Rickenbacker, this instrument was clearly heavily modified or custom. Motorhead's "The Young Ones" appearance, broadcast in May 1984, shows a bass featuring the "Born to lose, out to lunch" sticker, but with different inlays (conventional dots - the lowest three markers are large Nazi-era German air force crosses, but probably not actual inlays given the size and colouration, which includes the white outline) - most likely this same bass was Lemmy's primary instrument at the time and simply accumulated its various decorations over the course of the '80s. Lemmy's bass tech, Tim Butcher, refers in one article to having added a fret to Lemmy's 4004LK signature; it appears the same modification was made to the "out to lunch" Ric - in several photos the fretboard either side of the final, uninlayed 21st fret (the 4001 bass usually has 20, and by the traditional pattern of inlaying the 21st fret would be marked) appears visibly darker than the rest of the board. Additionally, the fretboard extends slightly into what would normally be the pickguard. Supposedly, this extra fret is used for the song Metropolis. Since the recognisable modifications seem to appear in the '80s, and it's difficult to identify it with certainty with any pre-modification basses, it's not entirely clear whether this is, indeed, a 4001 model or a 4003, but given the level of modification it's probably a moot point.more
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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)
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.