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RICKENBACKER 2001?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by OPBASSMAN1994, Sep 26, 2010.


  1. OPBASSMAN1994

    OPBASSMAN1994

    Jul 30, 2010
    So a guy I know owns a Ric, but I don't know the model, and have not ever seen it. I asked about it, and he said it was a model 2001? Anybody ever heard of it? I know the 3001 (not my favorite Ric, but I've never really heard one, played one, or even seen one in person, so I really wouldn't know), but I've never heard of a 2001. If you can point me to a pic of this Ric, I'd really appreciate it! :bassist:


    Oh, and while I've got this thread up, how (sound wise and playability) do the 2030s and 3001s compare to 4001/4003 models? I've always wanted that Ric sound, but 4001s and 4003s are rare in GA much less the other more obscure models.
     
  2. OPBASSMAN1994

    OPBASSMAN1994

    Jul 30, 2010
    I mean that I'm wondering how they stack up to the classic.
     
  3. s4001

    s4001

    Feb 2, 2009
    The 2020 and 3000 series are bolt on necks with different pickups. They don't have the same sound as the 4000 series. They don't have as much of a signature sound, but are versatile and playable I've played some 2020's that are to die for.
     
  4. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    Maybe he has a 2001 4003???

    There is no model 2001 ...

    Rickenbacker made a 4000, 4001, 4002, 4003, 4004, 4005, 2020, 2030, 2050, 2060, 3000, 3001
     
  5. OPBASSMAN1994

    OPBASSMAN1994

    Jul 30, 2010
    I'm confused. He's my dad's buddy, and my dad asked for a picture via text, so I guess I'll find out. Do either the 2000 or 3000 series have dual output jacks?
     
  6. OPBASSMAN1994

    OPBASSMAN1994

    Jul 30, 2010
    My dad told me that the guy told him one of the "Dual outputs" is broken, and that "only the one that picks up ONE pickup is working. Cheap fix, and that's all that's wrong with it."
    Sounds alot like a 4000 series with the Rick-O-Sound output.
     
  7. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    As Ric5 said, there's no model 2001.

    I'm not sure if the 2000 series models have dual output or not, or if the 3000 models do. It sounds like a 4000 series to me.
     
  8. OPBASSMAN1994

    OPBASSMAN1994

    Jul 30, 2010
    He also said it was made around '79, and was an aged white finish. Does that limit the possibilities any more?
     
  9. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    nope only the 4001, 4002, and 4003 have dual outputs
     
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    It is a 4001 bass. probably.
     
  11. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    I don't think the 2000 series existed yet in 1979.

    Though, I'm not an expert. So one could have. Do you have a picture yet?
     
  12. OPBASSMAN1994

    OPBASSMAN1994

    Jul 30, 2010
    No, but I forgot, ACTIVE electronics. Does this help? I'm not sure that they're active, but that's what my dad said. He himself hasn't seen the Ric since his days in a band with that guy (who has the "2001"), but he said he remembered it having a really long neck, and actives. Maybe a 4000 series with mods?
     
  13. OPBASSMAN1994

    OPBASSMAN1994

    Jul 30, 2010
    I really hope the guy sends that pic to my dad so I can figure this out! It's driving me nuts not knowing what Ric it is.
     
  14. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    The 2000 series was introduced in the mid 80s.
     
  15. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    Rickenbacker has never made a truely active bass. But that being said the 2030 was advertised as having active electronics. But the tone controls were just treble cut only. It was a passive bass ... no battery.

    Maybe a 4001 with mods...

    Maybe an 86 2030 that he thinks is a 79 ...
     
  16. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    Perhaps so, since it can't be both a 79 and a 2000 series bass.

    A picture would definitely clear it up completely, as 2000, 3000 and 4000 series basses look quite distinct from each other.
     
  17. OPBASSMAN1994

    OPBASSMAN1994

    Jul 30, 2010
    I'm thinking it might be a 4000 series just based on what I've found out here. The fact remains that it is a dual output bass, which is apparently a hallmark of only the 4000 series. It is also in that white finish that I've only seen on 4000 series rics. And I am not sure that they are actives. Maybe they aren't but he thinks they are, or maybe my dad's confused about the electronics. Also, he said that "One of the outputs uses both pickups, one output only uses one pickup." That sounds alot like Rick-O-Sound which I've only heard of on 4000s.
     
  18. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    As far as I know, every 4000 series Rickenbacker bass, stock, has been passive, not active.

    However, that isn't to say that it wasn't modified at some point. Replacing the stock pickups with active Bartolini pickups has been quite common, for example.
     
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I used to own a white 2030 made in the early 90s. But all 2030 basses had a mono output.
     
  20. OPBASSMAN1994

    OPBASSMAN1994

    Jul 30, 2010
    I'm thinking it's a 4002. Does a 4002 sound and play like the 4001s and 4003s?
     
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