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A 1977 Rickenbacker 4001
|Neck joint||Bound or unbound maple (4001S model)|
|Scale||33 (medium scale) or 30 1⁄2 (Short-scale version)|
|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 famed design 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 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). Rickenbacker also produced six-string and 12 string guitars and a short-scale bass, the 3000 model.
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. Other features remained similar to its forebearer.
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- Cliff Burton of Metallica
- Geddy Lee of Rush
- Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead
- Barry Adamson
- Jarkko Ahola of Teräsbetoni and Northern Kings
- Matt Asti of MGMT
- Michael Anthony of Van Halen (Used Specially Modified B/W Striped version)
- Mige Armour of HIM
- Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend
- Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and The Folk Implosion
- Mattias Bernvall of The Hives
- Shannon Birchall of John Butler Trio
- Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath
- Jon Camp of Renaissance
- Peter Cetera of Chicago
- Al Cisneros of Sleep and OM
- Urlo of Ufomammut
- Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revival
- John Deacon of Queen
- Paul D'Amour of Tool and Lusk
- Alan Davey of Hawkwind and The Psychedelic Warlords
- Steve DiGiorgio
- John Entwistle of The Who
- Bruce Foxton of The Jam
- Prescott Niles of The Knack
- Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees
- Martin 'Youth' Glover of Killing Joke
- Roger Glover of Deep Purple and Rainbow
- Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth
- Martin Gordon
- Paul Gray of The Damned, UFO and Eddie and the Hot Rods
- Bob Hardy of Franz Ferdinand
- Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Trapeze, and Black Country Communion
- Prakash John
- Rick James
- Inge Johansson of Against Me!
- Simon Johns of Stereolab
- Jesse F. Keeler of Death From Above 1979 and MSTRKRFT
- Grutle Kjellson of Enslaved
- Samuel Koisser of Peace
- Royston Langdon of Spacehog
- Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather
- Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy
- Mani of The Stone Roses and Primal Scream
- Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols
- Paul McCartney of The Beatles and Wings
- Randy Meisner of The Eagles and Poco
- Mike Mills of R.E.M.
- Royce Nunley of The Suicide Machines
- Jerry Only of The Misfits
- Tracy Pew of The Birthday Party and The Saints
- Justin Pearson
- Pete Quaife of The Kinks
- Kira Roessler of Black Flag
- Guy Pratt of Icehouse and the Transit Kings
- Mike Rutherford of Genesis
- Don Schiff
- Paul Simonon of The Clash
- Thomas Jenkinson AKA Squarepusher
- Adam Banaszkiewicz of Courtyard Moth (Natural finish 4001)
- Chris Squire of Yes
- Martin Lee Stephenson of Spooncurve
- Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, Bash & Pop, Perfect and Guns N' Roses
- Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear
- Pete Trewavas of Marillion
- Robert Trujillo of Metallica and Suicidal Tendencies
- Fred Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive
- Andy Warren of Adam and the Ants, The Monochrome Set, and Would-Be-Goods
- Roger Waters of Pink Floyd
- Haruko Haruhara of FLCL
- Chris Wolstenholme of Muse
- Buddy Zabala of Eraserheads
- Leon Sylvers III of Dynasty
- Jenny Lee Lindberg of Warpaint
- Peter Hook of Joy Division (Hondo II copy)
- Mikal Cronin
- Paul Goddard of Atlanta Rhythm Section
The Rickenbacker 4001 (Fireglo) appears in the comic book series Scott Pilgrim and the Rickenbacker 4003 (Fireglo) appears in the film adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, played by the title character. The Azureglo variant also appears in the anime series FLCL, used by the character Haruko Haruhara as both an instrument and a weapon.
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