Quick introduction; My name is Edo, I'm a 19 year old guy from the Netherlands.
Bass is my hobby, I like modding basses just for the fun of it. Like thisHulk Jazz (which will be changed again soon)
and my Tele P
Obsessed with the Rickenbacker since I saw Death from Above 1979 with Jesse F. Keeler on its 4001.
I absolutely loved the yellowed white in combination with the black pickguard/hardware. I played one of a fellow dutch forummember and I was blown away. I'm in need of a Ric!
Needless to say, as soon as some money got available I was searching for one. Some dutch bassguitarforummer had a WH BT 4003 for sale, within a week I picked it up and I've never been disapppointed with the bass
Then this 4001
came by. Shocked by horror and opportunity at the same time I watched the bidding and started bidding in the last 15 minutes. I won. Until the bass arrived I've literally dreamed of restoring it!
So it came in today and I've decided to share the whole process with this forum.
I was psyched, checking the trackingnumber every 15 minutes on my cellphone, I couldn't wait. Today after coming back from working in someone's garden (thank you rain) a truck stopped in front of my house. I knew it was on its way due to my tracking checking mania.
A grumpy little delivery man drops it of making my heart race an unknown pace.
Ripped of the box, and found a shaggy case. Never knew that was in the deal, but obviously it was easier to pack and send this way. I opened up and saw a soft blond glow coming from the MapleGlo. I was starstruck, the beauty, the class, the horror. Who in its right mind mangled this beauty into this Frankenstein?
Plugged it in to see if anything was working. This wasn't the case. As I screwed off the pickguard it became clear why. Loose wiring, blown solderings, you name it.
Inside was still an original volumepot with the original knob and the original pickupswitch. Definetly using that one later 8)
Here's the body, an ugly P/J setup dumped inside this body with a DIY pickguard from plywood. The monstrosity. Do note the silly bridgeground...
Screwdriver and I'm on my way! Beauty is unfolding itself
The head has a little crack underneath a tuner. It's underneath a thick layer of lacquer so my best guess it came out of the shop this way and is nothing to worry about
Fretboard is nicely lacquered, eventhough there are some stringbending traces. Will be done again as my wish is to fret it again.
Crack in the binding near the first fret.
Body was stuffed with green foam, for what need? I don't know...
The body was chaved down for a BadAss bridge, the most hidious scar on the whole Ric
Can someone tell me how deep the mutebar cavity is? I need to drill this out again...
This looks nasty, needs some cleaning :mrgreen:
Tunerscrew is missing, needs replacing
A perfect back, no signs of bucklerash or loosening bodywings! By the markings in the case I could fairly guess it has been in it for years...
Neck is straight as an arrow!
The extra drilled pickguard wholes. Annoys me, but I have to learn to life with it.
A quick mock-up with bridge and pickups. And yes, there's a wiring harness from an old '73 4001, hail eBay.
About to order the pickguard, knobs and screws. After which it can be assembled again. Fretless. For now, just wanna jam on the Yeasayer basslines. They delivered some fretless GAS
So how am I doing for a 19 year old :twisted: