1963 - Jetglo and Autumglo finishes became optionally available 1963 - White pickguard replaced gold pickguard 1963 - Black bakelite knobs replaced chrome knobs 1969 - High gain pickup and cover replaced in center raised lip of bridge eliminated 1974 - Gap in center raised lip of bridge eliminated 1974 - Pickguard shortened 1/2 inch 1975 - Cast chrome plated zinc bridge/tailpiece replaces chrome plated cast aluminum bridge/tailpiece.

1975 - Schaller BMC chrome open back machine heads replaced Grover sealed back machine heads 1984 - Model 4000 removed from price sheets 1987(1985? - Discontinued This is the deluxe two-pickup version of the 4000 model.

I’ll give a little Rickenbacker history, explain why their basses are important, and discuss the specs and value of your bass.

Adolf Rickenbacker, along with two other men, started a metal stamping shop in 1925 called the Rickenbacker Manufacturing Company.

Triangle fret markers, R tailpiece, set-in neck, 2 vintage single-coil pickups, stereo and mono output, and deluxe machine heads.

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Adolf invested in the original National (Dobro) guitar company during the late 1920s and began supplying them with metal bodies for their Dobros.

In the early 1930s, Rickenbacker and National employees George Beauchamp and Paul Barth formed a new company, called Ro-Pat-In, to begin developing Beauchamp’s electric guitar design—a design that National was not interested in.

The 7.4k pickups are described as "scatterwound." I don't know whether this is RICs "official" nomenclature and description, but it is said to be a method that simulates the pickups being "hand-wound." While it may be a more accurate attempt to replicate the process that was used back then, it certainly gives the impression that this method opens the door to there being more sonic variation between pickups, and ultimately between guitars, than normal.

Answer: Rather than have the coils wound perfectly uniformly, i.e. The six individual magnets don't act as polepieces per se, but exist only to provide the magnetic field to the whole width of the assembly.

Rickenbacker has been making electric guitars and musical instruments since 1931.

Founded in Los Angeles, Rickenbacker pioneered in the development of modern electric guitars, sound amplification and the very first “Resonators”.

Rickenbacker guitars and bass guitars have been played by a variety of musicians over the years – from Hawaiian musicians of the 1930s and jazz bassists of the 1990s, to a list of rock legends that includes George Harrison, Pete Townshend, Tom Petty, Radiohead, U2 and many more.