• Rickenbacker 4001S 1960s model electric bass
    Rickenbacker 4001S 1960s model
  • Rickenbacker 4001S 1980s model electric bass
    Rickenbacker 4001S 1980s model


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1964 to 1967

RICKENBACKER produced the 4001S (known as export model 1999 in Europe) between 1964 and 1967 and also between 1980 and 1986. The "S" stood for Special and the 4001S was a special no-frills version of the two pickup 4001 bass - it had no body binding and an unbound padauk fingerboard wth dot inlays. The pickups were a horse shoe unit at the bridge and a toaster top neck pickup each with its own volume and tone controls. The output was mono and the 4001S had a clear plastic finger rest. The original 1960s 4001S models are relatively rare. When the 4001S was reintroduced as a standard model in the 1980s it had a central walnut laminate stripe and the pickups were different - high gain units in both the bridge and neck position. Also the plastic finger rest was gone. This model was replaced around 1986 by the 4003S bass.

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Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls
Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch


Pickups configurationhorseshoe pickup


Finish colorsnatural finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings4 strings


Body materialmaple body
Body stylecresting wave style
Pickguard materialwhite pickguard


Bridgefixed bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware


Fingerboard materialpadauk fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


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

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1966€0goodGerco VersteegHello, I've got an Rickenbacker 4001S (I believe) if I read the discription on the website, photo's etc. , received out of a legacy of an oncle. The bass looks fine, just a bit dusty and probably needs a routine maintenance because it is not used for years. The serial number is FB492. Can you estimate what is the value for selling it. Hope to receive an answer. Thanks. Gerco Versteeg, [email protected]

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