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1979 Rickenbacker 4001 Vintage Electric Bass Walnut w/ Case, Montezuma Brown


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Up for sale, a 1979 Rickenbacker 4001 with an original Walnut gloss finish and hardshell case. This Rickenbacker thumps and growls with the best and the sustain is near endless, boasting a custom color finish which hasn't been offered by Rickenbacker for decades. The Walnut finish on the bass is a true rarity, not to be confused with the modern 4003W model (which is made of Walnut), offering a very similar visual warmth and tint to Rickenbacker's later limited run "Color of the Year" Montezuma Brown.

Strung with fresh 45-105 roundwound strings, there's plenty of midrange power and punch available via the two original Hi-Gain single coil pickups on this 4001. Weighing 9lbs 2oz, this 4004 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and solid intonation.

The three piece maple/walnut neck has a round C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and a substantial feel, measuring .930" 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 slender frets and pearl triangle inlays. The frets play cleanly in every register, with notable grooves beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-5 and fainter wear extending to fret 7. The nut has been upgraded to a carved piece of bone, measuring 1 11/16" in width. The original Rickenbacker logo/truss rod cover is present, and the bass features a set of original clover button tuning machines with smooth and reliable gears.

All of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and an original harness with CTS pots that date to the 21st week of 1978. The Rick-o-Sound stereo jackplate has a cleanly stamped serial number that dates to 1979. All of the original plastic parts are intact including the pickguard, long baton switch tip, and quartet of knobs. The chrome-plated hardware is notably clean including the original bridge pickup bezel and a modern vintage spec bridge assembly. A TubeAmpology Treble Bezel has been installed between the bridge pickup and chrome surround (essentially a low profile, convenient finger rest). There are four small mounting holes from a different bridge of some sort framing the original bridge and a very faint tan line from this square piece of mystery kit.

The Walnut finish is a two-tone gloss which was essentially rebranded as Montezuma Brown on later iterations, and the finish exhibits prominent buckle rash on the bass side of the body and a few additional small nicks both on the top and back. The neck profile gloss finish is extremely clean and smooth.

The original black tolex hardshell case with blue plush interior and black leather ends is included. All three latches are intact and functional, as is the original handle.