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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ricfunk74, Apr 14, 2017.
I think that it's a '74
Cool. Care to tell us about it? How does it play/sound?
Man, that looks so familiar. I wish I could pin down why.
I saw it on Ebay years ago. The owner was forced to pull it from Ebay by Rickenbacker. He reached out to me since I was the highest bidder and I bought it from him for around $300 I think. I had my local luthier go over it and address some minor things and he loved it. It feels and sounds a bit more like a 4003 than a 4001 to me. I have a '72 and a '73 4001 and this has a chunkier neck and more low end to the tone. The pickups are louder as well. I can still get really close to the old 4001 sound but I can also get more low end if I need it. It fits perfectly in a Ric molded case and when placed side by side with one of my 4001s, all of the dimensions seem to be the same except that the body is about 1/4 inch thicker. It has a bolt neck. I think that the sparkle inlays are fantastic! I would take this to one of the Chinese copies any day and, although it isn't a Rickenbacker, it definitely looks great and is a great bass in it's own way.