RICKENBACKER 4000

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1955 to 1987

The 4000 model, Rickenbacker’s first electric-bass, was introduced in 1955. It was designed by German luthier Roger Rossmeisel. From the very beginning it had several key design features that helped it stand out from other electric basses including: neck-through construction, cresting wave body, bass-bout horn, unique headstock shape, and frets clear of the body.

Only a few models were made in 1955. Several changes were made to the design over the years - maple/walnut necks were introduced in 1960, and fireglo became a finish option. In 1963 a bridge mute was added and more finish options (black and autumnglo). The horseshoe pickup was changed to a metal-covered single coil unit in 1964.

Specifications (19)

Body

Body materialmaple body
Body shape featureslong bass horn
Body stylecresting wave style
Pickguard materialwhite pickguard

Hardware

Bridgefixed bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

General

Finish colorsblack finish, brown finish, natural finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Number of strings4 strings

Neck

Neck jointneck through body
Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets20 fret
Peghead (headstock)cresting wave headstock
Tuner layouttwo-each-side

Electronics

Pickups configurationhorseshoe pickup

Controls

Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

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