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1977 Rickenbacker 4001 Vintage Bass Guitar Burgundyglo 100% Original


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Up for sale, a 1977 Rickenbacker 4001 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Featuring the original Burgundyglo gloss finish and neck through body construction, this Rickenbacker thumps and growls with the best and the sustain is near endless. A rare custom color which hasn't been offered by Rickenbacker for decades, the Burgundyglo finish on the bass is a rich transparent red that bridges the gap between cherry and wine red. Currently strung with fresh 45-100 roundwound strings, there's equal parts midrange power and fundamental warmth available via the two original Hi-Gain single coil pickups. The bass is well-balanced on a strap at 9lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and solid intonation.

The neck has a round C profile carve with full shoulders and a feel that's substantial yet fast, measuring .940" deep at the 1st and 12th frets. The 33 1/4" scale is Rickenbacker's traditional long scale, and the gloss-finished slab rosewood fretboard features original frets and pearl triangle inlays. The slender frets offer easy playability in every register, showing only light wear beneath the A and D strings on the crowns of frets 1-5. The nut measures a full 1 5/8" in width, with ideal string spacing. The original Rickenbacker logo/truss rod cover is present, along with the stock tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well, showing only light surface patina.

All of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and an original harness with CTS pots that date back to 1976. The Rick-o-Sound stereo jackplate has a cleanly stamped serial number with a "QG" prefix that dates to July of 1977. All of the original hardware has bright, clean chrome plating, and the original mute is intact too with its original, still viable foam. Plastics include the original knobs and pickguard, with one small repaired split in the pickguard north of the neck pickup mounting screw. The Burgundyglo gloss finish shows a few minor scuffs on top above and adjacent to the bridge pickup bezel, with a small spot of light buckle rash on the back of the bass-side body horn, and a few additional minor marks on the body as a whole, mostly relegated to the back and body perimeter. The neck profile has a smooth gloss along its length, free of palm wear.