4001 review by Rickenbacker

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (37 votes)
Rickenbacker: 4001

Sound — 9
I put the traditional Roto-sound round wounds on it now to get the famous Ric "growl" on the low E string. People critize the Ric for non-versatility, but I've not found that not to be true. Unfortunately, the single coils can be noisy. When I sometimes play stuff like jazz or things, I had to be careful, the hum can get annoying.

Overall Impression — 9
As I said my dad has been playing almost 25 years and has played in many a band, including Dennis Stratton's. This Bass guitar is very good. If this bass ever got broke or stolen, I would get another. I love how easy it plays, it has no deceit it it. It does exactly what you ask it to. There is nothing I hate about it. My favorite feature is the neck and the action.

Reliability & Durability — 9
The only odd thing was that the pickups faded into nothingness over the last 5-10 years. I recently replaced them with stock Rickenbackers and everything is OK. The magnets had gone weak. I think the stock pickups were a little pricy though.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action on the Ric is the best on any bass I have every played. This has been pretty well borne out by everyone who has ever played it. I have had trouble with rust on the screws holding down the hardware, but the bass is thirty years old, I don't know if that is common or not.

Features — 9
This Rickenbacker 001 has a laminated top, and a mahogany neck. The finish is transaparent. Passive electronics. There are 2 controls, I got the bass control and a volume control. It has 20 or 21 frets. It is the most stable instrument I have ever seen. You can literally tune it, put it in the case, carry it around, come back in a couple of weeks and it is still in tune. Nothing fazes it.

14 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Rickenbacker have to be some of the best bass guitars evermade and its cool how your bass has been around for 25 years i guess its just an example of how sturdy they are
    I have one of these i got it when i was about 13 now i'm 42, you do the math.
    rocking bassist
    Rebus wrote: Whats The Difference Between This And The 4003.
    the 4003 is the newer model. thats about it really.
    rocking bassist wrote: Rebus wrote: Whats The Difference Between This And The 4003. the 4003 is the newer model. thats about it really.
    Ok Thanks.
    Jumpy McHop
    I also think the 4001 was a warmer sound and the 4003 is more punchy but I'm not sure
    pie_man_25 wrote: thoraxe wrote: Geddy Lee yep.
    hell yes!!!