Very good condition featuring double cutaway solid maple body, white binding on the top edge of the body, neck through body construction, two single coil pickups, Standard and Rick-O-Sound outputs on elongated output jack plate with serial number and year engravings, two volume controls and two tone controls with black reflector top knobs, three way toggle switch with black tip, single ply white pickguard, traditional heavy duty top loading fully adjustable bridge with adjustable mutes, maple neck, bound lacquered rosewood fingerboard with pearloid triangular inlays, 1 11/16" nut width, original open gear tuning machines with clover buttons, single ply white truss rod cover with Rickenbacker logo, Made in USA and Model 4001 logo, two metal strap buttons (these are replacement strap buttons but the originals are in the case), nickel plated metal hardware, Jetglo black finish, and original hard shell case.
This fully original 1979 Rickenbacker 4001 bass is in very good cosmetic condition and is set up in excellent playing order. The neck profile is that of a thin tapered carve and feels great in hand. The frets show a some signs of play wear but have loads of life left in them. The electronics work perfectly and both pickups sound fantastic when plugged in. The potentiometers date this instrument to 1979 (pot code 13779xx - the month code is obscured by solder) and the serial number on the output jack plate dates to November 1979. This Rickenbacker bass shows moderate play wear throughout with some nicks and dings here and there but nothing serious. The body on the bass side horn has begun to delaminate a bit and a previous owner used magic marker to try and cover up the spot (see photos). This could be repaired if desired - it is solid and does not move or affect the sound or playability. The bridge pickup cover has also been removed and is not included. The bass is housed in its original black Tolex covered hardshell case with blue plush lining. The case is in excellent condition and all latches are functioning perfectly. If you are searching for a vintage Rickenbacker 4001 bass, this 42-year-old example is sure to deliver all the great Rickenbacker sounds and has tons of vibe to boot.