Rickenbacker paid tribute to metal icon and Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister with the introduction of the 4004LK, a signature bass limited to 60 pieces that was first spotted in 1995, though production started around 2000.
The bass is half instrument, half art, as each piece’s walnut body features a hand-carved relief of oak leaves and white checked binding. Since they were all done by hand, each bass’s relief a little different from the rest, giving each a unique identity.
Rickenbacker Limited Edition Lemmy Kilmister Signature 4004LK Gallery:
The maple neck is fitted with a rosewood fingerboard, accented with star inlays. The original prototype included two of Rickenbacker’s humbucking pickups while the actual production batch has three, though the original production met some issues so there is some variance in placement. Finally, bass is finished off with gold hardware and a flat oil polished finish.
The Rickenbacker 4004LK originally retailed for around $1,800, but good luck finding someone to give it up now. One was auctioned on eBay in February for approximately $11,385.
Rickenbacker Limited Edition Lemmy Kilmister Signature 4004LK Specs:
- Scale: 33 1/4″
- Body: Walnut
- Neck: Maple
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Frets: 20
- Pickups: Three Rickenbacker Humbuckers
- Electronics: Passive
- Hardware: Gold
- Other Details: Hand Carved Relief, Limited to 60 pieces, Matching Wood Cover Plates
- Price: Original retail: $1795; Current: N/A