The 4001 was manufactured by Rickenbacker as a two-pickup “deluxe” version of their first production bass, the single-pickup model 4000. This famed design, created by noted luthier Roger Rossmeisl, was manufactured between 1961 and 1981, when it was replaced by an updated version dubbed the Rickenbacker 4003.
The iconic upper bout and headstock silhouettes of the Rickenbacker 4001 are the most salient characteristics of the “crested-wave” body shape. The 4001 features a neck-through construction, a full-wood body, gloss coated fretboard, twin truss rods, triangle inlays, two pickups, two volume and two tone controls, selector switch, and wiring for Rick-O-Sound (standard after 1971).
This one appears to be very original with a mighty cool, well-played, true vintage look – finished in Burgundy Glow. Lots of good honest player wear on this one from years of being played – various nicks, chips, dents & dings, surface scratches, buckle rash, weather checking & finish wear.
So yes, it’s got some bark off in places, but it’s structurally sound and feels solid as a rock.
Low action & killer tone ensure this beast will live on in the hands of its next owner. Slender profile maple & walnut neck with nicely aged cream binding & black side-dots. Beautiful rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl “shark tooth” inlays. Frets show some light wear, but have plenty of life in them. Open-back nickel tuners are in perfect working condition.
1 11/16″ nut width
33 1/4″ scale length
Weight is 8.9 lbs
Pickups are Rickenbacker Hi Gain single coils. Dual volume & tone controls with 3-way toggle switch, mono & stereo outputs. All electronics are in good working condition.
This iconic Rickenbacker design has been used and loved by some iconic bass men over the years, including Yes’s Chris Squire, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, and a bloke named McCartney.
Comes in a later hard shell case in good condition.