Which year my rick was built?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tvan1988, Dec 13, 2001.


  1. tvan1988

    tvan1988

    Apr 16, 2001
    Wamego, Kansas
    I guess I had a pretty good week. My fretless 5 arrived from the bass palace Tuesday and today the guys at work gave me a Rick. What I am wondering is, what year it was made. I know its a 4001, but does anyone know how to tell the model year?
     
  2. Post the serial # (it's where the 1/4" jack is) and I should be able to reference it for you :)
     
  3. tvan1988

    tvan1988

    Apr 16, 2001
    Wamego, Kansas
    Thanks for the help. Serial #3168
     
  4. Winston TK

    Winston TK Hairpiece Adventurer

    Oct 8, 2001
    Burnaby, BC Canada
    You'll also need to include the 2 letters that appear below one of the jacks. The complete serial number for Rickenbacker basses looks like this: AB-1234. Those letters are really key to determining the year of manufacture.
     
  5. Are there any letters with that number?
     
  6. Heh, we posted that one at the same time, Winston :)
     
  7. tvan1988

    tvan1988

    Apr 16, 2001
    Wamego, Kansas
    Yes. the letters SF
     
  8. Got it....June 1979.
     
  9. tvan1988

    tvan1988

    Apr 16, 2001
    Wamego, Kansas
    Thanks alot Slaphappy, I just got it today. The guys at work got it at a DRMO sale. It was used by the 35th Division Army band. I put new strings on her and she sounds great.
     
  10. Hey, you are welcome :)

    You should post a pic sometime so we can see her!

    Enjoy your bass, and write down that manufacture date somewhere :)