November 1980 Rickenbacker 4001S in ultra rare factory cream finish.
Only in production for 2 years, Rickenbacker were adding a second pickup to left over 1975-80 Model 4000 set neck bodies and selling them as 4001S (aka "4000+1") alongside the "new improved" 4003S until they ran out of bodies and 1-piece pickguards and discontinued the 4001S in 1982. There is a handwritten "4000" in the control cavity alongside the usual Rickenbacker scribblings and the inspectors signature which confirms this is one of them. There were very few of these unbound dot neck 4001S models produced, and custom colours are extremely hard to find, as they accounted for less than 1% of the production run.
It is 100% original except for the strap buttons.
The pickups are good and well balanced and all controls work properly. The pots date to 32nd week 1979. The knobs are original with the inserts intact. The frets are in excellent condition with lots of life left and it has had a recent fret dress and full setup to get it 100%. The original cream finish has darkened and mottled a lot, and the bottom bout has dark patches where it has reacted with a guitar stand in the past. There are small areas around the edges where the ageing lacquer has worn back to cream via abrasion from sleeves, trousers etc. There is a small area of chipped-off lacquer on the fingerboard between 3rd and 4th fret. It has little knocks, dinks and scuffs all over, it is a straight-up genuine relic and has been well loved over the last 37 years.
This bass sounds wonderful, as growly as you like with a very strong Chris Squire vibe and tons of mojo.
It comes with its original Rickenbacker Tolex hard case in excellent condition. All latches work fine and the internal compartment straps and buttons are intact.