Initially developed as a deluxe, two-pickup upgrade to Rickenbacker’s 4000 bass, the Rickenbacker 4001 bass guitar has become a notable model for its long list of famous players. First released in 1961 with production lasting through the very early ‘80s, the 4001 has earned fans in bass players like Lemmy Kilmister, Kim Gordon, Rick James, Geddy Lee, and many, many more. The extra pickup was added to the 4001 to widen tonal possibilities and up the bass frequency response.

Product Specs

  • 4001
  • Autumnglo
  • Azure Blue
  • Azureglo
  • Burgundyglo
  • Fireglo
  • Jetglo
  • Mapleglo
  • Red
  • White
  • 1960s
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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Reviews for the Rickenbacker 4001 Bass Guitar
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  • Beautiful Bass

    Verified Purchase

    I owned a4001 in the ‘70s and have acquired one of the same year 1974 in great shape love it

  • Verified Purchase

    Love this bass so much! Just as described and exactly what I was looking for to replace my old one! Even Better actually!

  • 75 4001 blonde

    I’ve owned this bass since 75, it was never in the store . She came directly from Rickenbacker to me. It’s never been adjusted or in the shop even once. By far the best instrument I have ever owned. Plays great and NEVER goes out of tune. Rock on LuLu

  • THE rock n roll BASS GUITAR!!

    I have owned my MAPLEGLO 74 stereo since 87, by far the best bass on the planet, I mean just LISTEN to CHRIS SQUIRE and GEDDY LEE!,nuff said! As soon as I plugged it into my 75 SVT, the bands whole presence evolved, improved, and EVERYONE said so. Had an immediate KICK YOU IN THE CHEST feel, virtua…

  • 1978 Rickenbacker 4001

    Verified Purchase

    I'm not a Rickenbacker fanatic, but if you can find an old one in decent shape with a good bit of fret remaining there's really nothing like a 4001. I've had some really great basses, a Fodera Emperor, a 1966 Goya Rangemaster, a couple StingRays, a 1972 P-Bass, etc.. They're all wonderful in their o…