Definitive list of Lemmy's basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DudeWowTotally, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. DudeWowTotally


    Jun 25, 2017
    Hey guys,

    I been doing some research on Lemmy and trying to take inventory of every bass and amp we’ve seen him play on (In Motorhead).

    Here’s my definitive list. I don’t think any is missing but if you know otherwise let know and I’ll add it.
    There was a post from 2016 but the pictures are broken and I thought I could improve upon the info there.

    Rickenbacker 4000

    A heavily modded 4000 with a Thunderbird pickup and string trees. This bass was constantly getting new hardware and stickers added to it. It could be mistaken for a new bass completely.

    • 1976 first seen
    • 1981 – “Kiss my ass” decal added
    • 1987 - Chrome pickguard added
    • 1991 – Circular string trees and Bartolini pickups added. Also cleaned up fingerboard.
    • 1995 – new decal “Motherf**ker 1” with Thunderbird pickup and Wolfsangel sticker on body
    • 1996 - Seen on tour
    • 2009 – Seen in Rickenbacker factory tour

    Rickenbacker 4001

    Mostly known as the “Ace of Spades” bass. Originally a white 4003 with black binding and seen on the videos. Motorhead, Overkill, No Class, Capricorn, Bomber, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Poison,
    • 1979 First appears
    • 1980 Dimarzio pickup added
    • 1982 Seen on tour
    • 1993 Returns with white body, black pickguard
    Rickenbacker 4003
    Quilted – no skunk stripe – 2 piece pickguard
    • 1984 First appearance
    • 1995 Appears in Sacrifice video
    Out to Lunch Bass

    The bass with some controversy as it’s not entirely sure if it is an authentic Rickenbacker.
    • 1981 first appearance with “Born To Lose Out To Lunch” decal
    • 1983 Seen on music videos One Track Mind, Shine, I Got Mine
    • 1984 Seen on BBC’s The Young ones with Iron Cross inlays
    • 1985 White binding added
    • 1987 Chrome guard added
    • 1988 Iron Cross on the body added
    • 1989/90 Input jack moved to the front
    • 1992 Seen with stars on the fretboard 1st time
    • 1993 Seen with more stars and looks how we know it today.
    • 2003 Seen on stage as a back up.
    Rickenbacker 4004LK

    Lemmy’s custom Rickenbacker first seen in mid 1995 and used until his death.
    • 1995 Introduced
    • 2005 Not used this year, replaced with the Golden Eagle Ric until 2006
    • 2006-2015 – Used exclusively.
    Miscellaneous basses

    Basses that Lemmy has been seen to use on stage or in the studio but not a “main number 1 bass”.
    • 1979 recording “Bomber” 5 string bass (unnamed according to Motorhead in the studio book)
    • 1979 Hagström H8 on Top of the pops
    • 1981 Black 4003 - Please don’t touch video.
    • 1982 Washburn B20
    • 1987 – Thunderbird 2
    • 1989 – Thunderbird 4
    • 1995/96 – Rickenbacker 4003 Orange bass
    • 2002 Tobacco 4003 in the Brave New World video
    • 2004/05 Custom Rickenbacker Golden Eagle
    • 2010 Red 4003 with Dave Grohl on “Run Rudolph Run”
    • 2014 Burns Bison
    • 2014 Gibson SG
    • 2014/15 Minarik Inferno
    • 2014/15 Minarik “Lemmy signature” Medusa

    Did I miss anything? If you're interested in the amplifier list let me know and I'll continue the post.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2018
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  2. The 4003 you have listed would be a 4001 if it first appeared in ‘79.
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  3. DudeWowTotally


    Jun 25, 2017
    Hey Gluvhand thanks for your reply.

    What made you think it's a 4001? I double checked the pic's I have but still can't tell for certain.

    The black screws on a black pickguard aren't easy to see. In the second image you can see the 2 piece guard so my thoughts are a 4003.

    I've uploaded two photos to show what I mean. I'm lead to believe this is the same bass in both pictures. Unless someone tells me otherwise!

    bass-ric-mg.jpg bass-ric-mg4003.jpg
  4. 4003’s weren’t released until the early 80’s.
  5. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I thought the 4003 came out in 1985?
  6. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi DudeWowTotally :)

    And all that to get two sounds. :D (loud and louder) :hyper::hyper::hyper:


    Lemmy ruled!


  7. You mean everything louder than everyone else, right?
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  8. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    East Bay, N. Ca.
    I think the 4003 was introduced sometime in 1981.
  9. That’s what I thought, with a little overlap.
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  10. Gully Foyle

    Gully Foyle

    Sep 28, 2014
    Near Boston
    Anyone have any hawkwind gear insights?
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  11. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi Gluvhand :)

    Yes! :D

    Actually Lemmy was quiet a gearhead! And he loved to talk about his stuff!

    Back in the 90s I worked backstage on 3 Motörhead gigs.

    The "loud and louder" gag?

    There was a journalist asking him questions about his rig, after the show.

    Of course I stopped working to listen. (can' t remember what I did :wacky: but I wanted to know)

    Lemmy was cool and answered all kind of questions, concerning his gear.

    At the end of the interview, the journalist asked him: "So, Lemmy which of your sounds do you like the most"

    And Lemmy said: "Man, I like them both! Loud and louder" :laugh:



    btw: check out "Phil Campbell and the Bastard sons"! Saw them in may! Tight band!

    P.S. Sorry!!! :sorry: I don' t want to derail this thread. But Lemmy is just :hyper:!
  12. Ellery


    Mar 25, 2015
    Dude seriously, that's a great list but is missing one important thing.......PICTURES!!!! :woot:
  13. DudeWowTotally


    Jun 25, 2017
    From my research as far as I can tell. Lemmy used the bass of Dave Anderson for the first time in August 1971.
    I haven't seen any photos of that particular bass. He had to then return it back to Anderson eventually.

    Lemmy then got his own Hopf bass which is a bit like a Gibson EB. Some have said this bass was stolen but I can't find the original interviews to verify that.

    In any case, Lem then moved onto the Ric 4000 and modified it as mentioned in my post. You'll also notice towards the end of his stint in Hawkwind he used a Thunderbird II.

    Hope that helps ;)
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  14. Londo Molari

    Londo Molari

    Jan 1, 2014
    2 blocks east of Mars
    Decendant from the Clovis culture. "Emitting that wonderful bass effect since 1970".
    Without pics it never happened.
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  15. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Three. You forgot LOUDEST
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  16. Spent


    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I have a 1979 Ric and it's a 4001.
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  17. GoesThump


    Jul 13, 2007
    I'm pretty sure the 4003 was sold in '79 alongside the 4001. Paul Boyer's book would be the place to check, but as I'm not home I can't do that ATM - will check later, unless someone else chimes in w/the data first.

    That bass in the photo appears to be a 4003. AFAIK, the 4001 never had the two piece pickguard. There are some 4003 basses w/S serial numbers, which indicates 1979. (You can seem them on the rickresource page.)

  18. SG bass used live on later dates.

  19. 4003
    This bass is the improved version of the 4001 model. The improved 4003 truss rods in neck are designed for use with round wound strings.
    Features: Two-piece pickguard, improved truss rod design, truss rod adjustment at body, triangle inlays, bound body, bound fingerboard, mono and stereo output, Grover sealed back machine heads.
    1980 - Introduced (replaced the 4001 model)
    1982 to 1983 Rickenbacker B Series of Fireglo colors (three-color sunburst finish: black/red/yellow)
    1983 - Schaller BMC chrome machine heads replaced Grover sealed back machine heads
    1985(1984?) - One piece pickguard replaces two-piece pickguard
    1985 (1984?) - Bridge modified
    1985(1984?) - Truss rod adjustment changed to headstock end
    1988/1989 - Bridge pickup capacitor removed and replaced with a shunt.
    1995 - Schaller strap lock system replaces standard strap buttons.
    1999 - Currently still in production

    Rickenbacker Bass Models and Specifications: The 4000 Series

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  20. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I'm not a huge Lenmy or Ric fan. But that's some great work and info for those who are.
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