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 Post subject: Question about a 1973 4001 "big 6"
 Post Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:48 am 
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I have a friend who is looking at purchasing at 1973 4001 bass. The seller of the bass is claiming it has the "big 6" option/feature...whatever that is.

My friend that's thinking about purchasing the bass called me to ask me about this "big 6" stuff. I've owned and played Rickenbacker basses for 40 years, and I have NEVER heard of this. Whatever it is, the seller is claiming it adds $500.00 to the value of the bass.

Can any of you enlighten me?

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 Post subject: Re: Question about a 1973 4001 "big 6"
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I know there was a 70s 4001 that was converted into a 6 string bass …

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 Post subject: Re: Question about a 1973 4001 "big 6"
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Ric5 wrote:
I know there was a 70s 4001 that was converted into a 6 string bass …



Well that's what I was thinking at first, but he claims it's a 4 string bass...I don't know if it's in the electronics, or finish, or if the guy's just full of it. :?


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 Post subject: Re: Question about a 1973 4001 "big 6"
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:54 am 
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Nothing I've ever heard of. BS I think.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about a 1973 4001 "big 6"
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The only thing I can muster up is the guy may be referring to what features are on that bass, such as CB, CPFWI, Toaster® pickup, aluminum tailpiece/bridge, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about a 1973 4001 "big 6"
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"BS" also stands for Big 6, ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Question about a 1973 4001 "big 6"
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I've seen the bass you're referring to, a '72 4001 at a Minnesota Guitar Center. The stock bridge/tailpiece has been replaced with a Badass, but the Big 6 thing is a new one.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about a 1973 4001 "big 6"
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Thank you all for the responses. I'm going to call BS on this one and let my friend know. This is a local, privately owned 73 fireglo 4001. I have not seen it, but the guy is apparently trying to get $2600.00 for it.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about a 1973 4001 "big 6"
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If it was an early '73 with the crushed pearl inlays, checker binding and Toaster-top bass pickup, and in great condition, then that price might not be out of line. But '73 was a year of changes and by late '73, the above features were replaced with plain white poured inlays, then plain white binding, then the new High-gain pickup. Some collectors prefer the older features, resulting in higher collector values.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about a 1973 4001 "big 6"
 Post Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:28 pm 
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Paul D. Boyer wrote:
If it was an early '73 with the crushed pearl inlays, checker binding and Toaster-top bass pickup, and in great condition, then that price might not be out of line. But '73 was a year of changes and by late '73, the above features were replaced with plain white poured inlays, then plain white binding, then the new High-gain pickup. Some collectors prefer the older features, resulting in higher collector values.


I never did see the bass, but I asked the potential buyer if it had the checkered binding and/or toaster pickup, and it had neither. I assume he passed on the deal.


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