My quest for a vintage Rick Part 2 ..... The Tuxedo Rick

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dontay, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. dontay


    Aug 29, 2011
    I do not have Paul's famous Rickenbacker book yet but I have seen Vintage Rick's in many colors but I have only seen White with a Black Pickguard a very few amount of times. Can anyone tell me more about the Tuxedo Rick....very a little information online about this color.
  2. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
  3. byoung93888

    byoung93888 Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Asheville, NC
    The actual Tuxedo model had a white painted fretboard as well.
  4. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    All depends on your definition of "tuxedo." Many use the term tuxedo generically to describe a white Rick with black trim - usually that means black body binding and black plastic pick guard and truss-rod cover on a 4001. Later white Ricks (4003) had black neck binding as well, and some had blackened hardware (tailpiece, pickup covers, tuners, strap pins). Then there is the official "Tuxedo" model, the 4003SPC Tuxedo which was a 4003S (no binding) that had black trim and hardware. There were a little more than a hundred made in 1987. The most unusual thing about it was the painted fingerboard (maple, BTW) with tiny "pin dot" position markers on the face of the board. White usually yellowed badly (probably the clear coat that yellowed). Here's a shot of the Tuxedo with the other 4003SPC models, the "Blackstar" and the "Redneck."

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  5. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    Why isn’t the blackstar’s neck pickup blacked out like the redneck and tux?
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