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Friend just loaned me an old 4001

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Scottkarch, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    After talking with a fellow database programmer last year, he mentioned he had an old 70's Ric 4001 that he hadn't touched in decades.

    He offered for me to borrow it for a year or more as long as I promised to gig with it and post pictures of it being used. He felt bad such a great old bass was just sitting in his basement.

    Plays great. Interesting neck profile. A bit C shaped up by the nut to 12th fret. And a flattened D profile further up the neck. Is that common? Not bad, just different than any if my basses. And it is DUSTY!

    Now I'd I could only find a friend with a Washburn B-20-8 I could borrow too. :)
  2. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    that's a nice friend. you should send him a thank you note with the pictures

    select bad ass rickenbacker
    from tbl_basement
    where dbprgrmerfriend = 'awesome guy';
  3. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    LOL Yeah. Sounds like a great idea. I'll do that. I've known him for about 12-13 years or so. Great guy. I'll be playing it tomorrow at an afternoon gig.
  4. What year is it? Checkerboard binding? Crushed glass inlays? :hyper::hyper: Well? Is it? Is it? Is it? :D

    Let us know. Oh, and chop-chop with the pics.:D
  5. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef Formerly "thebrian" Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Pics or it didn't happen broski. :D
  6. Metalbasspro


    Feb 9, 2009
    I bet after a year he offers it for sale.
  7. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    Remember the neck adjusts differently to normal basses.
    Right that,s that bit.
    Neck sounds like a Rick,once you get in the way of it you might just like it.
  8. A gift card to a nice local restaurant sounds about right.

    Pictures yet?
  9. What a fantastic friend you have! He sounds like a really, REALLY good guy. :)

    I hope that you enjoy the Ric!
  10. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    In the case Friday night when I got it. And Saturday out at a gig.


    It needs some work, one broken strap button and noisy electronics. But the neck seems in great shape.
  11. Good lord. No wonder he felt bad.

    Is that the Ruby Red finish? It's beautiful.
  12. rupture

    rupture Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Thats Hippie glow
  13. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast

    No,but it is a very nice Fireglo. Love the black trim with that color.
  14. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    The black pickguard is growing on me. It sure looks like a rock and roll machine that way.
  15. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Very nice.