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Vintage 1978 Rickenbacker 4001 Bass Fireglo With Case

  • Price:$1995.00


1978 Rickenbacker 4001 Bass

One of the all-time icons of rock n roll! Rickenbacker's classic 4001 bass has been embraced by players of just about every genre out there, and for good reason. With it's dual outputs and twin pickups you can dial in some seriously full low end a'la McCartney or even the blistering guitar-esque treble of Lemmy. With their all-maple construction, they're built for the long haul too. Just check out this cool vintage piece that still plays great to this day. The neck-through-body design has since been copied the world over for it's remarkable resonance and sustain. While their competitors went "big" only to have quality suffer, Rickenbacker continues their fine tradition of having every piece be "custom shop" quality. Of course, as musicians we're all pretty vain, so it has to look cool too. None are finer than the crested wave design of the 4001, and it is to-die-for in this Fireglo finish.     

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Cosmetic Condition:

A great vibey vintage piece with wear throughout, but still in good condition. You'll find nicks, scratches and small paint chips. 

Repairs & Mods:

All original with no cracks or breaks. It looks like this one was once owned by a south paw as there is a plugged hole on the lower cutaway. 

Feel & Playability:

A good bass feels like it's an extension of yourself, and that's certainly true here. This great shape also makes for an extremely well balanced instrument and at 9.1 lbs it's a perfect weight. The neck is straight and while the original frets do show some wear, it plays well without issue. Good action too, to total sweetheart of a player. The neck has a very comfortable medium sized profile that most players should be right at home on. 


Made In: USA

Year Of Production: 1978

Serial Number: RF 3380

Weight: 9.1 lbs

Scale Length: 33-1/4"

Neck Width At Nut: 1-11/16"


Orig Ric Hard Case

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