In Search of 1975-1976 Rickenbacker 4001

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blackhawks55, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Blackhawks55

    Blackhawks55 Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    Hi guys!

    I’m in search of a 1975-1976 era Rickenbacker 4001. Reason being, I just want one from this era as I prefer the thinner neck years. People one Reverb are asking kings ransom for all 4001’s. Any help or leads would be great! Thank you!
  2. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    You could look at Guitar Center’s website, Chicago music exchange, or ebay. Good luck!
  3. Blackhawks55

    Blackhawks55 Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    Thanks! Hard to find any without issues
  4. RickC


    Jun 9, 2005
    Are these typically thinner necks? My '76 was rather clubby; one of the things I liked about it. And I've played '73s that were more on the thin side. Not arguing, just curious as my limited experience is this.

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  5. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
  6. Spupilup

    Spupilup Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2019
    New England
    I had a ‘73 bought new and the neck was slim. I was a kid and didn’t like the size of either a P bass or a J bass. The Rick was just right, not too wide, not to narrow and definite not to clubby.
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  7. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    From my, somewhat limited experience with modern rics vs vintage, yes, generally speaking, vintage rics do in fact have thinner necks. Most (but not all) vintage rics I've put my hands on tend to have thinner necks while almost all modern rics (post mid-90's) have thicker necks. I've had my hands on somewhere around 50 or so rics. Of course, YMMV...
  8. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    No guarantee you’ll find a thinner neck just by year. My 78’ 4001 was scary thin, but a buddy with another 78’ had one way chunkier. Rics vary wildly year to year, even month to month. If that’s your primary criteria, better play it in person. Be advised that the really skinny ones tended to have more neck issues too, though that was random also. I had to tweak mine at least a couple times a year, some people had real issues with them, and, not knowing how to do it right, trashed the rods or adjusting nuts. Ask to see photos under the TRC. If it looks beat on at the adjusting nuts, pass on it.
  9. GimmeGimme


    Sep 28, 2019

    I've got a 76 mapleglo in showroom shape I was considering let go for a guitar purchase I'd like to make. All original. Beauty guitar an uncle had stashed for years in the attic
  10. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    I have an 80 4001 and a 76 4000 , very similar thin necks .