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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MikeTheBassist, Nov 7, 2002.
whats the diference between a rickenbacker 4001 and a rickenbacker 4003?
two!!!!hahaha....bassically the difference is the 4001 was designed to use flatwounds,and the 4003 is designed to use roundwounds(or flats)
Damn, wish I would had said that!
Check out my 4th post on this thread:
I'm confused about something... The 4001 has a thinner neck and weaker truss rods, and was made for flats, whereas the 4003 with its thicker neck is safe for both flats and rounds, right?
I thought flats had higher tension than rounds of the same gauge.
Most flats do.
I never understood the reasoning behind that one myself!
For one thing, there were nothing BUT flats until the late 60s. Only thing I can figure is maybe the 4001's were designed for a lighter guage flat.
I personally don't feel the trussrod update had anything to do with flats vs. rounds - I think it was a re-engineering of an area that occasionally caused problems (when improperly adjusted).
I think rounds do have more tension than flats,which is why they re-designed the truss rod system...This is coming from the book "Rickenbacker,a complete history by Richard R Smith."introduced in 1979,the model 4003 started as the 4001 redeigned for use w\roundwound strings.>>>it has an improved truss rod system and different wood lamination so it can use any type or string.>>in 1986 the 4003 replaced the 4001 entirely".