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1967 Rickenbacker 4005 Bass

This super rare September 1967 Mapleglo 4005 bass weighs just 8.70 lbs. and has a nut width of 1 11/16 inches and a standard Rickenbacker bass scale length of 33 1/2 inches. This semi-hollow body bass features offset cutaways and a "slash" soundhole. Maple body with sculpted top and with checkerboard binding on the back, laminated maple and mahogany neck, and bound rosewood fretboard with 20 original jumbo (0.10") frets and triangular inlaid crushed-pearl position markers extending completely across the fretboard. Headstock with hooked "cresting wave" top and white opaque plastic logo plate lettered in black secured by three slot-head screws. Individual open-back tuners with cloverleaf metal buttons. Two chrome bar "toaster" pickups with outputs of 7.44k and 8.98k. White plastic pickguard with five screws and with original clear plastic thumb rest with two screws. Five controls (two volume, two tone, and a master "blender" control) plus three-way selector switch, all on pickguard. Seven-sided black plastic knobs with metal tops with black lettering. Four-saddle bridge and "R" tailpiece. Jack input on a metal plate (with the serial number "GI-4083" (September 1967) on the lower treble bout. The pots are dated "137 664X", "137 6708" & "137 6727" (CTS, Late 1966 and February and July 1967). This wonderful bass guitar is in near mint condition (9.25++) with some nice 'birds-eye' figuring on the top. There is virtually no playing wear to the frets and just the minutest amount of belt buckle rash on the back of the guitar which is almost invisible. Freshly strung with Rotosound flat-wound 45-65-85-105 strings. Housed in the original three-latch, rectangular silver hardshell case with black leather ends and dark blue plush lining (9.00).

Introduced in 1965, "the Model 4005 and Model 4005/6 were Rickenbacker's thin-line hollow body electric basses. Rickenbacker created these models at a time when other companies were having success with this type of bass. The British invasion groups helped to start this trend with their interest in hollow body models; before the 4005 was available, the company received many requests for hollow body basses from England. The company even took an order for a violin shaped six string bass with a natural finish in 1965, but there is no evidence the factory made it. The body shape of the Model 4005 basses followed the styling of the 1965 Models 306-375 standard guitars: they had a rounded top edge and double cutaways. The 4005 basses had two pickups and Deluxe features. Like the solid body basses, they had string mutes, twenty-one [sic] frets, rosewood fingerboards, and full scales. The first ones were available in either Fireglo or natural maple finishes. In the 1970s they were available in any of the standard Colorglo finishes. These models had slash soundholes and R tailpieces" (Richard R. Smith, The History of Rickenbacker Guitars, p. 207).

Among the great "sixties" bassists who used a 4005, were Nick St. Nicholas of the Steppenwolf, and John Entwistle of The Who, who used a similar '67 (serial no. GE 2208) in the studio between 1969 and 1970. (#2338)

Fretted Americana

Fretted Americana

Near Mint
Original Hard
21 Years
Fretted Americana
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Calabasas, CA
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