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Rickenbacker 4000 bass

4000 4001 and 4005 basses from the 1968 Rickenbacker catalogue
Above: 4000 4001 and 4005 basses from the 1968 Rickenbacker catalogue

below: the 1968 and 1975 Rickenbacker catalogues
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The Rickenbacker 4000 was one of the earliest electric bass guitars being launched in 1957, just six years after the first modern bass the Fender Precision. The instrument was designed by Roger Rossmeisl and was unique in many ways. The 'cresting wave' shape became an instantly recognisable Rickenbacker signature, still in use today, but more importantly this was the first bass to feature a through neck design; the neck is not seperate from the body, rather it goes 'through' the body, with the upper and lower wings glued to the central piece. This construction method allows greater sustain than the bolt-on (Fender) or glued joint (Gibson)

Features

  • 33in scale, 20 frets, rosewood fingerboard with dot markers
  • Maple solid body with through-neck. Neck woods varied over the year, mahogany, maple and walnut, sometimes laminated, sometimes not
  • Maplego, Fireglo, or colour finishes
  • No binding
  • One pickup, one volume and one tone control
  • Nickel, chrome or black plated hardware
  • A fretless verion 4000FL was also available
  • Wiring Schematic

Timescale

  • 1957 Launched at a price of $279.50. Gold scratchplate. Mahogany one-piece neck. Horseshoe single coil pickup
  • 1958 Gold or white scratchplate
  • 1963 White scratchplate only
  • 1964 Pickup design changed
  • 19XX Black scratchplate optional
  • 1984 Discontinued

The following extract comes from the 1968 Rickenbacker catalogue

Rickenbacker bass models 4000-4005 comprise an extremely complete bass series. The three basic designs offer a wide selection of bass models. Models 4000 and 4001 are Solid Body instruments, allowing a wide bass-tonal variation. String tension is sustained entirely by the neck, as the neck runs the entire length of the instrument. Bridge-tailpiece, pickups, and strap button are actually mounted on the body portion of the neck. assuring perfect structural alignment. Model 4001 is hand-bound with black and white 'block' binding

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Rickenbacker 4000 bass for sale


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Rickenbacker 4001 Electric Bass Guitar Jetglo 2015

Current price: $810.00
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VINTAGE 1977 RICKENBACKER 4001 Electric-Stereo Bass Guitar Black w/Case

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Rickenbacker Natural Blonde 4003 Bass with hard case - 2005 - Mint condition

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Rickenbacker 4001 1980 Vintage OLYMPIC WHITE - beauty

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1990 Rickenbacker 4001 v63 Electric Bass Guitar Left-Handed

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Rickenbacker 4001 V63 Bass Guitar - Mapleglo with Hard Case

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1974 Rickenbacker 4001 bass factory installed triangle inlays, lined fretless

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BLACK PG for Rickenbacker 4001 Bass, Parts Project

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UK ebay listings

Rickenbacker 4003 Bass Guitar Jetglo

Current price: £820.00
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Rare and in near mint condition 2013 Rickenbacker 4003 bass Guitar

Current price: £1450.00
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Rickenbacker Chris Squire Bass Guitar 4001 C/S (New)

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German ebay listings

Deluxe Höhen Tonabnehmer Lünette Für Rickenbacker 4001 Bass

Current price: €48.44
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Weich Chrom Höhen Tonabnehmer Lünette, Einbau Für Rickenbacker 4003 Bass

Current price: €54.50
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Weich Chrom Höhen Tonabnehmer Lünette mit Daumen Stütze Für Rickenbacker 4003

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Deluxe Höhen Tonabnehmer Lünette mit Cove Für Rickenbacker 4001 Bass

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Rickenbacker 4003 Midnight Blue

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RICKENBACKER 4003 MG E-Bass inkl. Koffer

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