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For Sale 1977 Rickenbacker 4002 - Rare and in Excellent Condition -

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by brycycle, Nov 12, 2020.

  1. brycycle

    brycycle Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2009
    1977 Rickenbacker 4002 Mapleglo | Overview

    I have owned this one since 2008. The 4002 is the rarest model of Rickenbacker produced, less than 100 are said to have been made.*

    This 1977 is one of the earliest of the production run and the cleanest example I have ever seen.

    Details of this model:

    • Body made of Birdseye and Curly Maple.
    • Deluxe block binding. Laminated custom pickguard.
    • Laminated fully bound Maple neck and head.
    • Imported Ebony fingerboard with pearl style inlays.
    • 21 frets on a 33 1/2 inch scale.
    • Two super high gain humbucking pickups.
    • Individual tone and volume controls for each pickup. Separate Rick-O-Sound stereo and mono output jack.
    • Special low impedance output jack for direct connection with recording studio control board.
    Details of this particular instrument:

    • The body is in superb condition with very slight and minor 'worming' on the back a small impression of two on the front. I would easily rate it a conservative 9/10.
    • All electronics are original and fully functional.
    • All parts are original, save for the nut and frets, having been re-fretted by known Rickenbacker Luthier, Larry Davis. The work was done as close to factory spec as possible, as evidenced in the side-by-side pictures of this bass and a Walnut 4002 with original frets and nut.
    • Bass is currently strung-up with TI Jazz Flats and has remained largely unplayed since re-fretting.
    • Case is original and also in excellent shape for its age.

    * These basses are as rare as hen's teeth, since so few were produced. "
    - Quote from John Hall, CEO of Rickenbacker
    I hate to admit it, but it has live in its case the last decade.

    Full image gallery here: 1977 Rickenbacker 4002 | Mapleglo

    Happy to ship internationally at my discounted UPS rates.

    Asking $9,750 USD.**

    **Price is based on most recent sale of a Walnut example that sold here for $8,750 this Autumn, with non-original pick-ups and pickguard. See the absurd asking prices on Reverb of ~$13,000 and $27,000.

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    Last edited: Nov 12, 2020
  2. Bogun

    Bogun Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2007
    Wow! That's a rare and beautiful Ric! GLWTS
    brycycle likes this.
  3. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    :thumbsup::thumbsup: Love it! That looks like the one in the catalog, IIRC. I actually wrote a letter to John Hall back in the day, asking them to build me a short-scale version (and he wrote back, politely declining my request...)
    Bogun and DJ Bebop like this.
  4. AtomicPunk

    AtomicPunk Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2007
    Detroit Metro, MI USA
    Wow! Beautiful and rare indeed!!
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  5. brycycle

    brycycle Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2009
    Sale back to previous owner fell through, back on the market!
  6. lalo_garcia-maynez

    lalo_garcia-maynez Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2014
    I sent you a message did you read it ?
  7. I knew someone who had one back in the '70s. They let me play it. Nice bass by any measure.

    lalo_garcia-maynez likes this.
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