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2004 Rickenbacker 4004Cii Cheyenne II Bass Guitar Translucent Blue w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 2004 Rickenbacker 4004Cii Cheyenne II bass in near mint condition and in perfect working order, boasting a custom color Translucent Blue gloss finish and complete with the original hardshell case. Originally introduced in the early ‘90s as a contemporary alternative to the classic 4001/4003 instruments, the short-lived Cheyenne was reintroduced in 1999 as the Cheyenne II, with production continuing until 2017. This rare Ric's tonewood complement includes maple neck through construction, a maple and walnut body, and bubinga fingerboard. Two generous pieces of highly figured flame maple sandwich the body's walnut center, and the natural acoustic response of the instrument is round and smooth with exquisite sustain and treble detail.

The pair of humbucking pickups deliver a notably full and distinct sound in every pickup position, broader and deeper generally speaking than a 4001/4003. The bridge pickup has a thick sound with a bit of upper midrange honk and grind when you dig in with a pick. The middle position on the mini three-way toggle pickup selector is mellow and broad, perfect for laid-back funk or Motown foundational lines, while the neck pickup has an almost vocal quality, melodic and rich while retaining ideal articulation. The bass weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a round C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder in every register, measuring .910" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The thick slab bubinga fretboard features mini dot inlay and pristine stock medium jumbo fretwire. The bass plays well up the 33 1/4" scale, and both truss rods are responsive and optimally adjusted. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock boasts figured maple wings, lightweight gold Schaller tuning machines, and the original black truss rod cover with raised gold Rickenbacker text.

All of the electronics function as intended, and the Rickenbacker humbuckers meter at just over 14k ohms, coupled to a mini three-way pickup selector toggle, Master Volume and Tone knobs and a mono output jack. The gold hardware is positively gleaming, and the Translucent Blue gloss highlights the deep and dimensional ripples of flame figuring that extend liberally across the body wings on both the top and back of the instrument. Extremely well-kept, cosmetic wear is limited to a few very faint finish scratches, mostly relegated to the back, and two tiny doweled and touched-up mounting screw holes just below the control cavity cover where a small non-original badge which was removed.

The original hardshell case is included.