|Comments||Rickenbacker introduced the 4001 bass in 1961 as an improved version of their first bass, the 4000 (introduced in 1957). The 4001 sported the same distinctive ‘crested wave’ body shape, but added a neck pickup and the cast bridge with built-in adjustable mute. It was produced until 1981, and was replaced by the 4003 which had improved truss rods, allowing use of higher-tension roundwound strings. This 2009 Rickenbacker 4001 C64 bass is a reproduction – except for the updated trussrod system – of what was available in 1964, and in reference to the left-handed model given to Paul McCartney, has the ‘reversed’ headstock. It’s in excellent condition and has that Rickenbacker look, sound and feel. Click here to read the full specifications at the Rickenbacker site|
|Serial Number||09 41461, built during 2009 at the Rickenbacker plant in Santa Ana, California.|
|Pricing||$2,750.00 CAD with original case.|
|Neck||Maple through-neck design – the neck blank extends the full length of the body. Bound, unlaquered rosewood fingerboard. At the headstock, walnut ‘wings’ are added for shape. 33.25 inch scale length, 1 5/8 inch nut width, 10 inch fingerboard radius.|
|Frets||20 frets with minor wear.|
|Body||Maple body with the distinctive 4001 shape, but without the top binding.|
|Finish||Original gloss nitrocellulose ‘Fireglo’ – red sunburst – finish in very good condition, with slight wear on the back.|
|Hardware/electronics||All original hardware, open Kluson-type tuners, ‘Toaster-Top’ and horseshoe pickups; pickup selector, individual volume and tone controls, wired as mono. Original bridge with built-in mute. Click here to view the wiring diagram at the Rickenbacker site|
|Playability/Action||Plays well and can easily be set up to the player’s requirements.|
|Case||Original silver-finish rectangular case included.|
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