What kind of Maple on a Ric 4001?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MadPink, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. What type of maple does Rickenbacker use?

    Flame maple
    Quilted Maple
    Hard Rock Maple
    Birdseye Maple

    or is there no way to tell?

  2. I'm 90% sure it's eastern hard rock maple, body and neck.

    Can anyone verify that?

  3. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    I also do believe it is hard rock maple.

    All the best,
  4. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i have a '79 4001 finished in mapleglo that is the way they call natural. i am sure that this bass is made out of hard rock maple. the new 4004 have figured maple tops.
  5. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    Eastern hard rock maple it is. I read somewhere that it comes from Canada, Northeast USA, Michigan, etc.

    Birdseye is a phenomenon that ocurrs in Maple (and other woods) that they can't quite explain why it happens.
  6. Actually quilted and flamed are also phenomenons that happen in maple. So you can have birdseye, quilted or flamed maple that is still eastern hard rock maple.
  7. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I have basses in flamed maple, and birdseye, but I really like my '76 mapleglo that is without even a knot or a blemish. Shines like my grandmother's maple coffee table.
  8. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    Yep - it's not nearly as common in hard maple as it is in western big-leaf maple though (from what I've heard).

    I didn't realize the Rick body was hard maple - thought that would be really heavy? Not that they're lightweights, but still.