Rickenbacker 4001

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Rickenbacker 4001
Rickenbacker 4001.jpg
A 1977 Rickenbacker 4001
Manufacturer Rickenbacker
Period 1961–1981[1]
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bound or unbound maple (4001S model)
Scale 33(medium scale) or 3012 (Short-scale version)[2]
Body Bound Maple, and Unbound Maple(4001S Model)
Neck Maple and Walnut
Fretboard Ebony, Rosewood
Pickup(s) 2 single coil/horseshoe[2]
Colors available
Fireglo (red), Amber Fireglo (sunburst), Jetglo (black), Mapleglo (natural)and Midnight blue (blue)[2]

The Rickenbacker 4001 is a bass guitar that was manufactured by Rickenbacker as a "deluxe model" of the 4000 between 1961 and 1981 before being replaced by an updated version, the Rickenbacker 4003.[3] There are several models of the 4001, such as: The 4001, 4001S, 4001LH, 1999 (European model), 4001V63 (reissue), and the newer 4001C64S C Series recreation in honor to Paul McCartney´s left-handed 4001s bass with reversed headstock.


The Rickenbacker 4001 was designed with the "crested-wave" body shape, much like the other basses of the 4000 series. 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,[2] and wiring for Rick-O-Sound (standard in models post-1971).[1] Rickenbacker also produce six-string and 12 string guitars and short-scale bass, the 3000 model.[2]

The 4001S (and 1999) model varies in its use of dot inlays, and unbound neck construction.[2] The Rickenbacker 4003, which replaced the 4001, differs mainly in the truss rod system; other features being quite similar to its forebearer.

Notable 4001/4003 players[edit]

External links[edit]


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  3. ^ T. Bacon & B. Moorhouse. The Bass Book. Backbeat Books. 1995. ISBN 0-87930-368-9
  4. ^ Bacon, Tony; Barry Moorhouse (2008). The Bass Book: A Complete Illustrated History of Bass Guitars. Hal Leonard. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-87930-924-4. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ashton, Adrian (2006). The bass handbook. Hal Leonard. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-87930-872-8. 
  6. ^ "Rush delivers precisely what fans want". San Antonio Express-News. 4 December 1996. 
  7. ^ Ashton, Adrian (2006). The bass handbook. Hal Leonard. p. 241. ISBN 978-0-87930-872-8. 
  8. ^ McIver, Joel; Hammett, Kirk (2009). To Live Is to Die: The Life and Death of Metallica's Cliff Burton. Jawbone. p. 265. ISBN 978-1-906002-24-4. 
  9. ^ http://www.thewho.net/whotabs/equipment/bass/equip-entwistlegear-60-66.html
  10. ^ http://www.queenconcerts.com/instruments/1971-early.html
  11. ^ Bass Player Magazine. November 2009. p. 34.
  12. ^ http://www.rickenbacker.com/forum_view_thread.asp? thread_id=2595&forum=General_Forum&thread_name=1st%20lefty%20Rickenbacker....
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  14. ^ http://www.britishmusicexperience.com/?PageID=92&ProfileID=326
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