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1980 Rickenbacker 4003 Vintage Electric Bass Walnut 100% Original w/ Case, Montezuma Brown


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Up for sale, a 1980 Rickenbacker 4001 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Featuring the original Walnut gloss finish and neck through body construction, this Rickenbacker thumps and growls with the best and the sustain is near endless. A custom color 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 warmth and tint to Rickenbacker's later limited run "Color of the Year" Montezuma Brown, this Walnut gloss finish is warm and saturated, with absolutely zero finish fade in the last 40+ years.

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 on this 4003. Lightweight at 8lbs 15oz, this 4003 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and solid intonation.

The neck has a full C shaped profile carve with roundness in the shoulders and a feel that's substantial yet fast, 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 frets and pearl triangle inlays. The slender frets have their full factory height, showing only a hint of wear on the crowns of frets 1-2, playing cleanly in every register. The neck is straight, and the truss rods are responsive and ideally adjusted. The nut measures a full 1 5/8" in width. The original Rickenbacker logo/truss rod cover is present, along with the stock tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well, exhibiting light surface patina

All of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and an original harness with CTS pots that date to the 30th week of 1980. The Rick-o-Sound stereo jackplate has a cleanly stamped serial number with an "TJ" prefix that dates to October of 1980. All of the original plastic parts are intact including the unique two-piece pickguard used on the earliest 4003s, and the original chrome-plated hardware is notably clean. The Walnut finish is bold and glossy, and cosmetic wear is limited to heavy finish checking on the headstock, with additional checking extending from the edges of the body, which also exhibits a few requisite minor scuffs and marks on the back. The gloss on the neck profile is extremely clean and smooth.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included and equally as clean as the bass.