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SOLD 1979 Rickenbacker 4005 in Fireglo

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by JS00, May 5, 2018.


  1. JS00

    JS00

    May 30, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    Price:
    $7250
    Strings:
    4
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I have a mortgage, a toddler, and a 4005, and I can only keep two. If you’re looking at this, you probably know the story with these basses. As far as I know, very few were made in 1979. As opposed to pre-1973 models, this one has the very stable skunk stripe neck and Rick-o-sound. (Considering how radically different the two pickups sound, Rick-o-sound can be really useful). The neck on this one is slim and fast, very similar to my 1986 4003 if that helps as a reference. Definitely no “baseball bat” here. 38F4542E-D69C-4509-A72A-6A2AFC3DE25F. 280A6E1B-A3C3-4C13-A0ED-B59FBA051DB9. DD417D8E-A75A-4475-9AF8-21C9A230845E. D13A9BFF-D03B-445E-AB55-EE58D1CCE8BA. 5CF168E2-C74B-41DE-ACED-9D357CABB67F. F6D55B1F-5703-4B93-921F-9448F1D48FAA. 1FF1F9B7-B04F-4A94-8C1A-8F817EFE72A1. 4AAD3C39-D6F2-4092-9BB3-4E084DD6BAB2. 355A9EEC-42BF-4CB1-8CFE-1B5B6AF0A67B. DD0238A4-3487-463E-8203-629D56413B9C. CFAA673C-4C5D-4E3F-983D-7B329D39DB4B. 309093A9-8A47-4CE2-AE87-E113B64591DD. 1C01138C-1AE1-446A-B1AF-BC1DBEC85117.

    So what’s the catch? Other than a very few dings, some minor buckle rash, and a barely noticeable hairline crack on the pickguard, there is a hairline crack on the neck near the nut. For the longest time I thought this was a scratch. I took the bass to Guru Guitars in Raleigh, NC (these guys are luthiers and know what they’re doing) and they confirmed that there was indeed a crack but that it had no effect on the load-bearing capability of neck (I guess that’s why I had been able to ignore it). Still, I went ahead and had them repair it to prevent any possible shifting later. They also checked the trusses and confirmed that everything was in order.
    As the pics show, the bass is in outstanding shape for a 39 year old instrument. It comes with the original case, which is also in great shape with no broken latches. Feel free to contact me with questions and/or offers. $7250 shipped in the continental US.
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2018
  2. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Montreal
    ....gorgeous.....I'm not a Ric guy....but seeing this makes me wonder why they don't evolve as a company....keep the classics but grow the line....if this shape/vibe was available in a 5 I'd be all over it. GLWTS.
     
  3. JS00

    JS00

    May 30, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    Thanks! You could probably convert this one to a 5-er!
     
  4. JS00

    JS00

    May 30, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    (But I wouldn’t advise it!)
     
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  5. coronado3

    coronado3 Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Indiana, USA
    I LOVE THESE!!!! but have no money....
     
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  6. eban3

    eban3 Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    Palm Bay FL
    me too
     
  7. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Lovely bass! And for the record, every Rick bass and guitar since 1959 (except the 3000/3001 bass, and even that may have) has had two truss rods. ;-)
     
  8. JS00

    JS00

    May 30, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    Thanks for the clarification. I must have been thinking of hairpin vs. non-hairpin. I edited the listing accordingly.
     
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  9. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Hairpin stopped for good in '84 I believe, so this should have the original old-style rods.
     
  10. JS00

    JS00

    May 30, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    Thanks again. I guess the only thing I know about the truss rods is that they work!
     
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  11. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Montreal
    I wouldn't muss up a classic piece like that....and the neck/pups 'd be to narrow for a 5er with the 18-19mm spacing I'd want.......if I had the scratch and the right space for it I'd mount it in a glass case on the wall and admire it....
     
  12. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    That’s very cool
     
  13. JS00

    JS00

    May 30, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    I’ve had a few inquiries, but the bass is still available. Feel free to make an offer (but no trades). Thanks
     
  14. KPO2000

    KPO2000 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    MA
    Very nice looking bass! Wish I still had a 4005 because they are so cool looking! My '67 had a neck crack at the same location. Never caused a problem.
     
  15. JS00

    JS00

    May 30, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    I’m open to offers - the worst I can say is “no”.
     
  16. BASSPLAYERS4HIM

    BASSPLAYERS4HIM

    Oct 13, 2011
    Maryland
    a 5 ....LOL.
     
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  17. Snowglo

    Snowglo Pro Aris et Focis Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2013
    Orygun
    U.S. Military endorsement since 1984
    Coolest Ric’s ever!
     
  18. Catabee

    Catabee

    Jan 20, 2015
    Also a mortgage and kid in college so no money...in the early eighties I saw one of these for sale in a store in Torrance, IIRC somewhere between powder and sky blue. Had just spent $800 on a new 4001 and (thought I) couldn't afford another $500 for the 4005 :<(

    "Putting the dumb in young and dumb since 1961..."
     
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  19. JS00

    JS00

    May 30, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    A blue 4005? That must have been something to see. I wonder if it was stock. Time to get to googlin’.
     
  20. JS00

    JS00

    May 30, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    Did I mention this bass plays as good as it looks? Feel free to make me an offer.
     

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