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  • Rickenbacker Unveils the 2018 4003S/5 5-String Bass

    Rickenbacker Unveils the 2018 4003S/5 5-String Bass

    Rickenbacker announced the return of the 4003S/5 bass at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show. The five-string bass, which has not been offered for over a decade, has been updated with a slightly wider string spacing, a Schaller 3D-5 bridge, and a new single coil pickup design. The pickup was re-engineered with two blade magnets that... »

  • Hal Leonard Publishes Second Edition of The Rickenbacker Electric Bass Book

    Hal Leonard Publishes Second Edition of The Rickenbacker Electric Bass Book

    If you’re a fan of classic basses, you’ll want to check out the new edition of The Rickenbacker Electric Bass: 50 Years as Rock’s Bottom. Updating on the first edition released 2013, the new version adds 16 bonus pages with up-to-date information on the latest models plus more photos of artists and custom-built Rickenbacker basses.... »

  • Bass of the Week: Modified Rickenbacker 4001 Piccolo Sitar Bass

    Bass of the Week: Modified Rickenbacker 4001 Piccolo Sitar Bass

    And now for something completely different. We recently featured a video by Indian music enthusiast and seven-string bassist Jason Everett. While a seven-string may be outlandish to some, he sent me some info on a special bass he modded to fill another role for his style. After being inspired by John McLaughlin’s guitar work with... »

  • Rickenbacker Introduces 4003S and 4003SW Basses

    Rickenbacker Introduces 4003S and 4003SW Basses

    Rickenbacker launched a pair of new takes on their classic 4003 bass this year with the 4003S and 4003SW. The new models take the current 4003 and 4003W basses and give them a vintage aesthetic made popular by the ’60s 4001S bass. “People wanted the look of the 4001S without the binding and with dot... »

  • Rickenbacker Announces 4003W Bass

    Rickenbacker Announces 4003W Bass

    Rickenbacker has introduced the W Series of guitars and basses for 2014. The lineup is a spin on their classic models, including the 4003 bass, but are made with walnut bodies. Though the company states that it’s careful not to change too much from the formulas they use to make instrument, they say the walnut... »

  • Hal Leonard Publishes “The Rickenbacker Electric Bass: 50 Years as Rock’s Bottom”

    Hal Leonard Publishes “The Rickenbacker Electric Bass: 50 Years as Rock’s Bottom”

    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... »

  • Bass of the Week: Rickenbacker Limited Edition Lemmy Kilmister Signature 4004LK

    Bass of the Week: Rickenbacker Limited Edition Lemmy Kilmister Signature 4004LK

    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... »

  • Old School: 1967 Rickenbacker 4005 FG

    Old School: 1967 Rickenbacker 4005 FG

    This week, Tom Harper shares the story behind his 1967 Rickenbacker 4005 FG, a bass he bought new in 1967, and one he describes as “a little worn, but still sweet!” The Rickenbacker 4005 was introduced in 1965, and featured a new-style, 360 body in a hollow-body bass. “FG” stands for “Fireglo”, a sunburst finish... »