Dating rickenbacker 4001 bass

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[The following article is a compilation of data from various sources describing the different Rickenbacker bass models.

Now we are looking for a letter and a number above the jack. For example a A0= a January, 1987 manufacture date and C2= March 1989 manufacture date.

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The pickups have been changed a long time ago (I suspect about the time the bass was first purchased, judging by the vintage of the pickups) to amazing-sounding Seymour-Duncan humbuckers.Adolf Rickenbacker, along with two other men, started a metal stamping shop in 1925 called the Rickenbacker Manufacturing Company.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 first electrics by Ro-Pat-In were introduced in 1932 under the Electro String Instruments trademark, which later became the Electro String Instrument Corporation.