Up for sale, a 1978 Rickenbacker 4001 in a rare left-handed configuration, upgraded to more closely resemble '60s spec with a genuine Rickenbacker Horseshoe bridge pickup and Toaster Top neck position singe coil. This pickup pair yields a truly distinct sound that's notably deeper and thicker than the usual Hi-Gain pickup compliment, and while this 4001 still delivers Rickenbacker's present midrange growl and note attack, the sound is wider and thumpier. Particularly resonant acoustically and able to sustain beautifully given the neck through body construction, this 4001 weighs 10lbs 5oz with tons of power and note attack. Currently strung with roundwound 45-110 strings that accentuate the grind and top end articulation of the instrument, this 4001 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and spot-on intonation.
The neck has a C shaped profile with inviting, round shoulders, measuring .920" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 12th. 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 are surprisingly clean and retain their full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-7, and virtually no wear further up the fingerboard. The original nut measures a full 1 5/8" in width with ideal string spacing. The headstock features a reproduction lucite Rickenbacker logo/truss rod cover and a brand new set of tuners which match the footprint and button style of the originals with slightly larger diameter tuner posts. These tuners ensure optimal stability, and there is black overspray on the back of the headstock, ostensibly touchup from a previous tuner swap.
All of the electronics work as they should, including the genuine Rickenbacker upgraded Toaster/Horseshoe pickup pair, and these pickups are soldered to a brand new harness including properly spec'd CTS pots. There is one small black plastic plug in the pickguard from a previously removed mod, and the neck pickup cavity was enlarged in the past to accommodate an active preamp, cleanly covered by the pickguard. The Rick-o-Sound stereo jackplate is stamped with an RA-prefix serial number with which translates to January of 1978. The chrome hardware on this bass is quite clean, including the original bridge which has been fitted with a modern adjustable mute assembly. The Jetglo gloss finish shows various finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole, with one large spot of buckle rash with targeted finish touchup central to the waist on the back. The neck profile shows wear through the gloss finish central to the carve behind frets 1-5.
A hardshell case is included.