Rickenbacker Model 4001


This model has the “deluxe” appointments of crushed pearl inlays, checkered body binding and a bound neck. Like its predecessor model 4000, the model 4001 featured “neck-thru” construction where the neck – from headstock to body end – is one piece of maple with body and headstock “wings” attached to the sides. This example also has the “horseshoe” bridge pickup, which was modeled after the pickup design patented by Rickenbacker in the 1930s for its first electric guitars. The magnetized horseshoes are actually part of the pickup and contribute to the sound. Here’s a rare early deluxe 4001 that shows some playing wear and has been partially restored. With later black Rickenbacker form-fit HSC

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