Rickenbacker basses are getting a good detailing in the new book The Rickenbacker Electric Bass: 50 Years as Rock’s Bottom, a 144-page documentation of the company’s 4-string endeavors since the mid-1950s. It offers up info on the company’s nearly forty bass models, including the iconic 4001, with hundreds of color photos and descriptions to help identify each instrument.
“I took a ‘field guide’ approach to the content, not just providing the history and photos,” says author Paul Boyer. “Each model is illustrated with an ‘identifying features’ page that uses close-up photos and callouts to point out ‘field marks’ of that particular Rickenbacker bass model.”
The book also gets into the musicians that Rickenbacker basses became synonymous with, such as the Beatles, Yes, Deep Purple, and Motörhead.
The Rickenbacker Electric Bass: 50 Years as Rock’s Bottom is available now.