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 Post subject: 4001S Bass Question
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:22 am 
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What year did Ric stop the 4001 series?Someone said they have a 4001 made in 1996.


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 Post subject: Re: 4001S Bass Question
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 2:48 am 
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Seems to me it was around 1985 or 86. But I could be wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: 4001S Bass Question
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Woops I missed the 'S' in 4001 so I have no idea.


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 Post subject: Re: 4001S Bass Question
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I have an '84 4001SLH


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 Post subject: Re: 4001S Bass Question
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look at the times John, haha!


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 Post subject: Re: 4001S Bass Question
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They still make a 4001v63. I was thinking they replaced the standard production 4001 with the 4003 around 1980.


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 Post subject: Re: 4001S Bass Question
 Post Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:09 am 
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Yeah they did, but this thread was about the S model. I would still think the same thing though. They stopped making 4001's in 79 or 80 and had a lot left over and shipped them out until about 1985 with jackplates that had the date of the year they were completed and shipped. Probably stopped the 4001S at the same time. I could kick myself now at the times I've passed on them because they didn't have ric-o-sound which I was using at the time.


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 Post subject: Re: 4001S Bass Question
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:31 pm 
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Ha! I finally found a 4001S post! I have that "Bass Book" by Bacon and Moorhouse, and I believe it states 1980 - 1984 for the 2nd incarnation of the 4001S (which I bought new from Guitar Trader in early 1984).
The interesting thing is that my date code is "VE" or May 1982! I wonder how many of those were made? You don't see them much.

I always thought it was cool that the Rickenbacker shipping box was labeled "Glass - Fragile". I kept it for a long time, but I think finally tossed it out.

I understand that the truss rod arrangement may be "older" than the current models and even *then* models, but I fell in love with the look of the jetglo 4001S, which is also on the Rickenbacker website in the 1970's photos. I was also/am a McCartney fan, but didn't get the maple glo.

The neck is pulled over a bit and I'd like to take it to an expert. I've read that the older bass truss rod designs need to have the neck gently pushed, then the truss rod gets adjusted rather than the truss rod adjusting the neck. I certainly don't want to attempt it myself. I also play trombone, and wouldn't try to re-align a trombone slide either.
I never used roundwounds. I think I currently have Fender stainless flatwould strings on it.

This is an old thread, so I don't know if any of the original folks will see this, but I wanted to relate those years from "The Bass Book."

My only regret is quickly putting it back in the case after playing without a proper wipedown when I lived in central Florida and was much younger. It's still pretty though...


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 Post subject: Re: 4001S Bass Question
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 2:59 am 
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Those Fender flats are real heavy tension. Take them off and replace them with D'addario's or something lighter. You'll probably find the neck is in much better shape.


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 Post subject: Re: 4001S Bass Question
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 3:27 am 
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here is some info about the 4001 bass from Ricresource.com ...

4001 MODELS

This is the deluxe two-pickup version of the 4000 model. The neck pickup was added to give greater tonal flexibility and greater bass response. This bass was originally designed for use with flat-wound strings.
Features: Bound body, bound Padouk fingerboard, triangle inlays, two pickups, separate volume and tone controls, mono-output, truss rods adjust at head. Originally this bass was only available in a Fireglo finish.
1961 - Introduced
1963 - Bridge with under string mutes was added
1965 - Black plastic seven-sided knobs with silver tops replaced all black Bakelite knobs
1965 - Mapleglo finish became optionally available 1965 - Three special six-string 4001 basses were produced
1969 - Ric-O-Sound became standard instead of an optional feature
1969(1971) - High gain single-coil pickup and cover replaced horseshoe bridge pickup.
1969 - Headstock was shortened
(????) - 9th dot inlay position marker was added in between the 18th and 19th frets
(????) - Three special 30 inch scale 4001 basses were produced
1971 - Starr Stowe was featured in the February 1978 issue of Playboy magazine holding an Azureglo 4001 owned by Gene Simmons.
197? - Some set neck basses produced
1971 - Grover sealed back machine heads replaced Schaller open back machine heads
1972 - Maple headstock wings replaced contrasting walnut headstock wings
1972 - Center walnut stripe running the length of the instrument was introduced
1972 - High gain neck single-coil pickup replaced toaster neck pickup
1972 - Clear plastic finger rest was eliminated
1973 - Schaller BMC chrome open back machine heads replaced Grover sealed back machine heads
1973 - Single color (white or black) body binding replaced block binding
1973 - Smaller pearloid fingerboard inlays replaced crushed pearl large triangle inlays
1973 - Pickguard was shortened by moving back from bridge pickup surround
1973 - Large bridge pickup surround was made smaller and more rectangular
1974 - Gap in center raised lip of bridge eliminated
(mid 70's) - Set neck design replaces neck thru design
1974 - Neck pickup was moved 1/2 inch closer toward the bridge pickup
1974 - Pickguard shortened 1/2 inch
1983 - Discontinued


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