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NBD - 1973 Rickenbacker 4001

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DigthemLows, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Sacramento CA
    Well, I was born in 73 so it seems fitting that if I'm going to enter the Ric world (never owned one in the 25 years I've been playing) that I should get a birth year bass.

    One owner, a drummer who never played it....got the original reciept, case is original and in amazing condition, and it weights 8.9lbs. I'm stoked!!

  2. echoSE7EN


    Jul 1, 2010
    Balto., MD
  3. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Very nice!
  4. Schwarzebasser


    May 14, 2014
    Ooooh that's nice.
  5. bobpond

    bobpond Supporting Member

    May 23, 2005
    Long Island, New York
    Nice! Can you still smell maple when you open the case?
  6. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Great find! Looks like it's in really good shape too. Any other background story?
  7. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Sacramento CA
    Picked it up from Kebosbassworks. He grabbed it from another dealer who said it was bought by a drummer then put under the bed. There isn't a scratch on the front or the neck and only very small scuffs on the back. Reciept shows Feb 74 it was bought in Chicago. That said, it's a hellava bass! Sounds killer, is light, neck is perfect with super low action (in fact I need to lower the bridge pup a little, getting a pop on the G string because it hits) Pictures taken from the dealer, but this is the bass!

  8. Spent


    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Congrats! I have a 79 JetGlo, played it for many years. Enjoy it!
  9. Oh wow that's gorgeous!
  10. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    Wow! Quite a find. Can I ask how much you paid for it?
  11. Very nice, I love it.
  12. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Sacramento CA
    my "players" are pretty complete for me know. The fretless is my main axe, the others seem to fit nicely to bring along......we'll see, the Ric will come to practice and be put through it's paces soon........

    Tbone76, blindrabbit and PWRL like this.
  13. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    beautiful bass!
  14. Nice score - congrats!
  15. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    It's too pretty to play!
    RS likes this.
  16. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
    Dig Them Lows!
  17. oldfretless

    oldfretless Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2007
    SoYo County,PA
    It's probably a coincidence, but my 73 is a MI number, bought new. I wanted to order it and was told a year wait. The music store called a week later and said there were 2 at a guitar show in Chicago, and I could choose black or burgundy. I chose burgundy. Could yours be the black one? I have never seen a "new" version 4001 with a number lower than mine.
  18. JLY

    JLY Supporting Member Supporting Member

  19. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    Really nice!

    Major congrats...
  20. GoesThump


    Jul 13, 2007
    Awesome score! Congrats!

    Used Rics are often in nice condition, but that one is really, really terrific looking.

  21. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC Music. Warwick U.S. distribution, Ampeg distribution
    man oh man. Simply wonderful.

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