From the Price Guide


The Rickenbacker 4000 predates the more famous 4001 by four years. The 4001 was actually introduced as an upgrade to the 4000 with key differences between the models including the use of two pickups on the 4001 as well as triangular inlays and binding on the neck and body. The 4000 remained relatively unchanged from 1964 when the pickup was altered until it was discontinued in 1985.  

Years of Production: 
1957 - 1985

Body Style: “Cresting Wave” solidbody

Wood Composition: 
Maple body, Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: 
Neck-thru construction, dot inlay, single non-horseshoe pickup with metal cover

Finish Specifications: 
Mapleglo was a standard finish for the 4000. 

Notable Rickenbacker Bass Players:
 Geddy Lee, Paul McCartney, Chris Squire, Lemmy Kilmister, Cliff Burton

Product Specs

  • 4000
  • Mapleglo
  • 1968
Made In
  • United States
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Finish Features
  • Matching Headstock
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Number of Strings
  • 4 String
Pickup System
  • Passive
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
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