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 (Cherry Sunburst), Autumnglo (Tobacco Sunburst), Burgundyglo (Red), Jetglo (black), Mapleglo (natural)and Azureglo (blue)[2]

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.[3] Variant models of the 4001 include the 4001S, 4001LH, 1999 (European model), 4001V63 (reissue), and the 4001C64S C Series, a recreation of Paul McCartney´s left-handed 4001S with a reversed headstock.


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,[2] and wiring for Rick-O-Sound (standard in models post-1971).[1] Rickenbacker also produced six-string and 12 string guitars and a 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 players[edit]

In fiction[edit]

The Rickenbacker 4001 appears in the comic book series Scott Pilgrim and its film adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, played by the title character. It also appears in the anime series FLCL, used by the character Haruko Haruhara as both an instrument and a weapon.


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