Here is a vintage 1968 Rickenbacker 4001 electric bass guitar. This particular example, serial number IH 506, is in excellent condition and includes an original vintage hard shell case. This transitional example retains most of the highly desirable mid-60’s features, including: crushed sparkle inlays, checkerboard binding, a toaster top pickup, a mono (non-Rick’o’sound) input jack, and represents a great opportunity to buy a bass every bit as good as those worth upward of $15,000.00 for half!
Serial Number: IH 506 (September 1968)
Potentiometer Codes: 137 6808 (CTS, early ’68)
Weight: 8 lbs. 10 oz.
This ’68 Rick 4001 features: the original Mapleglo finish, an all maple body construction, a maple neck through the body construction, checkerboard binding, bound rosewood fingerboard with crushed sparkle shark tooth triangle inlays, (1) toaster pickup and (1) single coil bridge pickup with rare mono ouptut configuration, original Grover tuning machines, and original hard shell case.
The 4001 is in well preserved condition with a small isolated area of usual buckle wear through the clear coat on the back of the body. It is missing the finger rest, but is otherwise completely intact.
The bass looks great, plays incredibly well, and sounds fantastic. The incredibly straight neck harnesses extremely low action, and with the combination of the slim profile, enables effortless playability. It sounds like a classic 4001, akin to tone heard on your favorite ’60s albums, and the absence of the often annoying Rick-O-Sound output makes it a simple plug-in-and-play piece. Light weight and with the most attractive of all finishes, this is a very rare bass, and a definite must have.