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A 1977 Rickenbacker 4001
|Neck joint||Bound or unbound maple (4001S model)|
|Scale||33.25 in (845 mm) (long scale)|
30.5 in (770 mm) (short scale)
|Body||Bound maple and unbound maple (4001S Model)|
|Neck||Maple and Walnut|
|Pickup(s)||2 single coil/horseshoe|
|Fireglo (Cherry Sunburst), Autumnglo (Tobacco Sunburst), Burgundyglo (Red), Jetglo (black), Mapleglo (natural) and Azureglo (blue)|
The Rickenbacker 4001 is a bass guitar that was manufactured by Rickenbacker as a two-pickup "deluxe" version of their first production bass, the single-pickup model 4000. This design, created by Roger Rossmeisl, was manufactured between 1961 and 1981, when it was replaced by an updated version dubbed the Rickenbacker 4003. Variant models of the 4001 include the 4001S, 4001LH, 1999 (European model), 4001V63 (reissue), 4001CS (a limited edition series based on Chris Squire's 1965 British model RM1999) and the 4001C64S C Series, a recreation of Paul McCartney's left-handed 4001S with a reversed headstock. There is also a Lemmy Kilmister signature version (4004LK) of the instrument.
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 after 1971). Rickenbacker also produced six-string and 12 string guitars and a short-scale bass, the 3000 model. The bridge system is a relatively unusual design, both in aesthetics and in function, featuring removable saddles, as well as a compartment designed to hold a foam mute.
The 4001S (and 1999) model varies in its use of dot inlays, and unbound neck construction. The Rickenbacker 4003, which replaced the 4001, differs in the truss rod design and introduces a fret wire that better withstands the wear from round-wound strings. Fast fret wear was a common complaint for many years, and Rickenbacker sought to address the issue. The pickups are also higher in output, and the bridge pickup, a so-called "horseshoe" pickup, was entirely remodelled, featuring a more conventional design, although the "horseshoe" is still part of the construction, albeit removable. More recent 4003 models also feature a push-pull switch on one of the tone knobs, which diminishes the output of the pickups, to more closely resemble the original 4001 tone. Other features remained similar to its forebear.
Rickenbacker has in recent years also produced a five-string model, featuring a more conventional bridge system, smaller Schaller machine heads and distinctive, asymmetrical pickups. It retains the Rickenbacker's signature 33" scale length, an unusual design for a five-string instrument. Between the years 1993 and 2018 Rickenbacker also manafactured a streamlined model, named the 4004, which used the 4001's trademark shape, but featured smaller pickups, a simplified control layout, a more conventional bridge system and eschewed the use of aesthetic details such as binding or a pickguard.
- Geddy Lee of Rush
- Cliff Burton of Metallica
- Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead
- Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revival, with a 4001 featured prominently on the Bayou Country album's cover photograph
- John Bentley of Squeeze
- Audun Laading of Her's
- Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath
- Jon Camp of Renaissance
- Peter Cetera of Chicago
- Al Cisneros of Sleep and OM
- Paul D'Amour of Tool
- John Deacon of Queen
- John Entwistle of The Who
- Bruce Foxton of The Jam
- Simon Gallup of The Cure
- Ken McNaughton of High and Outside
- Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees
- Roger Glover
- Martin Gordon of Sparks and Radio Stars
- Paul Gray of The Damned, Eddie & The Hot Rods and UFO
- Bob Hardy of Franz Ferdinand
- Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Trapeze, and Black Country Communion
- Rick James
- Inge Johansson of Against Me!
- Prakash John
- Simon Johns of Stereolab
- Jesse F. Keeler of Death From Above 1979 and MSTRKRFT
- Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather
- Geddy Lee of Rush
- Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy
- Paul McCartney of Wings and The Beatles
- Randy Meisner of Eagles
- Mario Mutis of Los Jaivas
- Chuck Panozzo of Styx
- Charles Michael Parks Jr. of All Them Witches
- Fabio Pignatelli of Goblin
- Pete Quaife of The Kinks
- Scott Reeder of Kyuss
- Heidi Rodewald of Wednesday Week and Passing Strange (composer and musician)
- Mike Rutherford of Genesis
- Don Schiff
- Timothy B. Schmit of Eagles
- Paul Simonon of The Clash
- Chris Squire of Yes
- Josephine Wiggs of The Breeders
- Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear
- Pete Trewavas of Marillion
- Fred Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive
- Andy Warren
- Roger Waters of Pink Floyd
- Chris Wolstenholme of Muse
- Buddy Zabala of the Pinoy band Eraserheads
- Haruko Haruhara
- Scott Pilgrim from the Scott Pilgrim series
- Joey DeMaio of Manowar
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