The Rickenbacker 4000 was one of the earliest electric bass guitars being launched in 1957, just six years after the first modern bass the Fender Precision. The instrument was designed by Roger Rossmeisl and was unique in many ways. The 'cresting wave' shape became an instantly recognizable Rickenbacker signature, still in use today, but more importantly this was the first bass to feature a through neck design; the neck is not separate from the body, rather it goes 'through' the body, with the upper and lower wings glued to the central piece. This construction method allows greater sustain than the bolt-on (Fender) or glued joint (Gibson) This particular Rickenbacker 4000 is from 1974.
Rickenbacker 4000 features
- 33½in scale, 20 frets, rosewood fingerboard with dot markers
- Maple solid body with through-neck. Neck woods varied over the year, mahogany, maple
- and walnut, sometimes laminated, sometimes not.
- Jetglo black finishe
- No binding
- One pickup, one volume and one tone control
- Nickel, chrome or black plated hardware