rickenbacker 4001 and 4003

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MikeTheBassist, Nov 7, 2002.


  1. whats the diference between a rickenbacker 4001 and a rickenbacker 4003?
     
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Two...


    :D
     
  3. two!!!!hahaha....bassically the difference is the 4001 was designed to use flatwounds,and the 4003 is designed to use roundwounds(or flats)
     
  4. ivanthetrble

    ivanthetrble

    Sep 9, 2002
    Orygun
    Damn, wish I would had said that!:(
     
  5. tim4003

    tim4003

    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA
  6. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    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.
     
  7. tim4003

    tim4003

    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA
    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.
     
  8. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    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).
     
  9. 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".