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1967 Rickenbacker 4000 - What a Sight! - Only $9,995.00!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gibenbackerbass, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. Unbelievable! :eek:

    Take a look at the horseshoe...:rollno:


    So, what do you think the dealer is asking for this mint piece of candy? :eek:

    Anyone here own one of these? :cool:

    Someone please hurry up and buy my Gibson EB2D!!!

    Let's see. If I sell my Gibson, which sold for more that the Ric did back in the day, I'll only need another....

    Agggghhhh... forget it!! :mad:
  2. Tommygunn


    Nov 8, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    My local GC has one... I've been dying for it to hit the low stands so I can get at it. Hell I've played a Jaco CS and 78 pbass that way LOL
  3. oh man.
  4. I have a Rick 4000 made in 1974 and it is one amazing bass!

    Sure wish I could add this one to my collection.
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    That surround looks like it came from a lap steel guitar.

    looks like a refin as well.

    A lot of those 60s Rics have really weak necks. You can bend them with a little pressure from your left hand. My old 68 4001 had a neck that never really flattened out untill it was destrung.

    The mystique of a 60s Ric is better than the reality.

    But they are fun to play.
  6. J0ttem


    Oct 2, 2008
    The Netherlands
    I've never liked 4000's that much but, dang, that an awesome piece of wood
  7. deliciouspesto


    Jan 18, 2009
    great color, old or new!

    It is true about the necks, it seems almost all of the strength comes from the fingerboard.
  8. Impressive, especially given the age. But a 4005 is more impressive...IMO...
  9. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Wow, that is nice looking. Would be nice to see rickenbacker do new one like that with the stronger neck improvement.
  10. El Tookay

    El Tookay Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2008
    I did a restoration on a 72 4000, and it looked just like that 67. The horseshoe has the real-deal vintage surround.

    Wanna see another really cool vintage Rick in action? Look up Roy Orbison Ed Sullivan 1964 on Youtube. Roy does Pretty Woman, and check the mapleglo Rick...not sure who the player is, don't think it's Terry Widlake.
  11. deliciouspesto


    Jan 18, 2009
    I think the weaker neck is part of the reason they feel and perform differently, the strings and neck are in such a fragile state of balance that the resonance seems to act differently. It is good and bad, of course ;)
  12. That's right babies, $9,995.00 American dollars. This too could be yours.

    A slump in the market? Who says there's a slump in the market? It's recovered!!!!! Hallelujah!!

    The entire vintage market has gone off it's #@&%ing rockers!!!! :rolleyes: :mad:

    $10K!!! Okay, get in line, I'm sure there's going to be a stampede for this beauty!! :rollno:
  13. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    I have what is probably a stupid question. Other than the rarity, is there anything particularly desirable about the 4000? Does it sound any different than a 4001 with the bridge pup solo'd? :bag:
  14. I don't think it's a stupid question...quite honestly, that's the 1st thing I thought, when I saw the bass in this thread.

    I have a (early 80's) 4001, and while I like it a lot, I'd never play it with "just" the bridge pickup. Sounds thin and nasty, IMO. For bassey tones, just the neck p/u, for more drive, both blended. But just the bridge..?...ah, no. :rollno:

    As stated above, if I was to lust after a rare Ric, it would be a 4005, or a 4002. The 4000, while rare, is just that...rare. They didn't sell that well, because the 4001 was that much better.
  15. tercesyrev

    tercesyrev Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Not to spoil the fun but $10k? For a Rickenbacker . . . . Please. To whoever buys this I have some ocean front property in Nebraska I'd like to sell ;)
  16. deliciouspesto


    Jan 18, 2009
    It is a 4001S without the neck pickup, it is a step closer to the rm1999.
  17. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Your 80s 4001 would have the .0047 capacitor if you remove or bypass the .0047 capacitor then the 4001 will sound like the 4000 when you solo the bridge pickup. The .0047 capacitor removes all bass and low mids from the bridge pickup. The .0047 capacitor dials in the suck sound that makes people hate Rickenbacker basses. The 4000 bass does not have the .0047 capacitor.

    There is a reason why Rickenbacker doesn't make the 4000 bass any more. It did not sell well. Also many of the 4000 basses got converted into a 4001 by adding a neck pickup.
  18. Weren't some of the 4000 basses made with a "set-neck?"

    The one here has a "neck-through."

    I wasn't aware that the 4000 didn't have the cap.
  19. s4001


    Feb 2, 2009
    Yes. :bassist:

    I don't think it's worth that much, though. I gig the sh•t out of mine, though. No case queen.
  20. Glad to hear it. That's what they are for!!

    Any pic of you playing the 4000 on stage?