Rickenbacker 4001

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Rickenbacker 4001
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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), 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,[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 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.

Notable players[edit]


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