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Rickenbacker 4001 Bass JetGlo Black, 1973

Rickenbacker 4001 Bass JetGlo Black, 1973

One of the iconic rock basses, the Rickenbacker 4001 bass was built as a two-pickup version of the 4000 bass, adding a neck pickup to the distinctive Cresting Wave body design by German luthier and designer Roger Rossmeisl. Built from 1961 to 1986 when it was replaced by the 4003 bass, the Rickenbacker 4001 bass features a Maple body and through-body Maple neck, with a bound and finished Indian Rosewood fingerboard.   Rickenbacker’s rosewoods tend to be quite light coloured, almost towards the colour tones of other species such as Pau Ferro.   

Vintage
Price: $3250 CAD
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‼️Reduced‼️ Rickenbacker 4001S Bass FireGlo, 1973

‼️Reduced‼️ Rickenbacker 4001S Bass FireGlo, 1973

This Rickenbacker 4001S Bass Burgundy Glo dates to February of 1973 and was built, like all other Rics, at Rickenbacker’s facility in Santa Ana, California. It has clearly been played and used as intended, and is bright, resonant and crisp. 

Vintage
Price: $4299 CAD
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Rickenbacker Electro D12 Doubleneck Steel Guitar Copper, 1953

Rickenbacker Electro D12 Doubleneck Steel Guitar Copper, 1953

The Rickenbacker Electro D12 is a rare model. Many of Rickenbacker’s multineck steels were 8-strings per neck, and the D12 has six; the doubleneck with a total of 12 strings gives it its name. Its better known sibling is the D16, with two necks of eight strings each. From their first production in 1940, the Electro D and T models used a combination of a cast metal body and a Bakelite neck, with Lucite fingerboards.

Vintage
Price: $1199.99 CAD
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Rickenbacker Ken Roberts Electro Spanish Guitar, 1935

Rickenbacker Ken Roberts Electro Spanish Guitar, 1935

The Ken Roberts model not only has a pickup, the neck is also ‘extended’ to meet the body at the 17th fret, and it has a vibrato tailpiece designed by Doc Kaufman. This exceptionally rare example is in good playing condition. Most people associate the first electric guitars with Leo Fender or the Gibson Les Paul, but the Rickenbacker ‘Frying Pan’ lap steel guitar predated those by almost two decades, appearing in 1931.

Vintage
Price: $4500 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Rickenbacker Model 381-12 V69 12 String Thinline Electric FireGlo, 1998

❌SOLD❌  Rickenbacker Model 381-12 V69 12 String Thinline Electric FireGlo, 1998

Based on the same body outline as the classic Model 330 series guitars, the Rickenbacker 381-12 adds hand-carved top and back of premium figured maple, for a much thicker and contoured body. The body is bound top and back with classic checkerboard purfling. The characteristic ‘Cats Eye’ bass side soundhole is also bound.   The body is entirely Maple, and the neck is a Maple / Walnut / Maple layered construction, and has a bound, finished Rosewood fingerboard with Slash position markers. 

Used
Price: $2999.99 CAD

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❌ Sold ❌ Rickenbacker 4003 Bass Blue Burst, 2007

❌ Sold ❌ Rickenbacker 4003 Bass Blue Burst, 2007

As one of the most recent versions of the 4000 series, the Rickenbacker 4003 Bass has the most up to date features and hardware. This 2007 example sports the Blue Burst finish, colour of the year for 2005. Rickenbacker is arguably the first builder to market production electric guitars, in both the lap steel format and the Electric Spanish format, in the Ken Roberts model.

Used
Price: $2400 CAD

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