I thought that my credit card could absorb this purchase, but with me having two other Rick 4001's with luthier Paul Wilczynski and the bill that will result from that work, I have to sell this guy
You may remember this bass from eBay, where it was listed as a 1978: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121133479583...84.m1497.l2649
Note the strings on that thing! Yep, it's E-A-D-B. Huh.
After I received the bass I confirmed that it's actually a 1973.
-No extra holes in headstock indicating larger Schaller tuners... Must have had small-body Grover tuners in the past; has larger-post Grovers now,
-3-piece set neck, so it's not pre-'72
-jackplate indicates Jan. of '73,
-bridge and strap buttons look original to the bass and are vintage style,
-it has a black p/g and raised-letter truss cover. I'm positive that they were added later (possibly the same time as the tuners) and this originally sported white plastic. Raised-letter truss covers didn't come around till '75-ish...
When I received the bass, it was certainly 'used', to say the least!
The bridge had about 15mm of bridge tail-lift, which was straightened, drilled and screwed. I made an aluminum shim from flat-stock for the truss rods. I cleaned both pots, and confirmed pickup/electrical path fidelity. The bass-side of the fretboard had started separating from the neck at the nut, so the area was cleaned and re-glued over a 3-day period. The treble side had just started to lift, so I applied a small amount of cyanoacrylate around the area and clamped it well. I strung it with a brand new set of D'Addario Half-Wound 105's (my favorite flat-style string), and set it up nice and low. The neck is rock SOLID.
I've been playing the 4000 at every rehearsal and depending on when it sells, I will absolutely gig with it as well. I don't have any issue with the Seymour Duncan pickup as some Rick owners do; to the contrary!! Through my Aguilar Tone Hammer 500/Eden 410XLT this bass is covering EVERYTHING I throw at it! I LOVE this bass, but I made a mistake putting in an eBay best-offer when I already had too many pokers in the fire. After I got this completed my Precision and Foundation have quite literally gathered dust!
So what are you getting?
-A very rare pre-74 Rick
-new strings on a fresh set-up with all of the hard shopwork taken care of!
What would I do if I could keep it?
-get a pickup cover
-replace black p/g and nameplate with white NOS replacements
-order new nut material in white and cut.
- Done (in black)! Thank you, Webtroll!
The way that things are looking for me and my credit card balance, I may also have a Mapleglo '73 4001 for sale as well in the near future. At $1450 shipped to the Conti 48, I am losing slightly on the sale... I just want to get this bass into the hands of a bassist that will PLAY this thing! The frets are in AWESOME shape, the neck is solid and it is 100% ready for the road. When was the last time you saw a 4000 at a gig?!
Thank you for looking!