Ok, I know I've posted about this before, but I'm really having a hard time learning about the model and year of my bass. I supposedly have a 1979 Rickenbacker 4001 (SA 050). Now, I've noticed a few weird things about this bass since I got it. For example, the pickguard and truss rod cover are both black (even the workd 'Rickenbacker' is in black on it, tho the 'made in usa' and 'model 4001' are in white lettering.). Of course, this could have been painted or something, but I took it off and scrubbed it with nail polish remover and a scrub pad, and there was no white pain showing up underneath. Also, the binding has two colors to it. There is a normal looking strip of black around the body, and a very thin strip of white underneath of it, and then the neck has the regular white binding. I have no idea what the origional color of the bass was because when I got it, it was painted brown (very lousy job too) and had lots of bare wood showing because someone who had it before me re-finished it themself. Then, I had the bass re-finished to a dark blue (which is when the binding color was discovered while they were stripping off the old paint in the shop). SO! I guess what I wanna know is, why this bass has these weird characteristics. Did someone totally butcher it and give it a new truss rod cover and jack plate in order to sell it? Or is this some kind of special edition, or what? If anyone out there has an idea, or knows where I could find out more about it, lemme know. thanks.