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Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (wwh) » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:18 am

Hi,

I’m new to the website, thanks for having me and I hope I haven’t posted this in the wrong place.

I have owned a 4003 in the past and just recently purchased this 4001, I was wondering if there is anyway to easily date the year of manufacture, I was told it’s 1978 but I am interested to know what you think.

Thanks,
Will.
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (PunchyStrummer) » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:56 am

Have you checked the jackplate? The serial number, if it's on there, can be decoded at Rickenbacker's website.
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (ram) » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:49 am

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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (sfuentes) » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:27 pm

http://www.the-music-connection.com/ricinfo.htm
This is a particularly useful cheat sheet if you're just starting out.
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (wwh) » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:28 pm

Thanks for that, unfortunately the numbers on the jack plate have mostly been lost to time.
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (bassduke49) » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:24 pm

Can you post a photo of the jack plate? The two letter (or numbers or combination) at the "top" of the jackplate are a date code. The "bottom" numbers are a serial. The digits are stamped in, so you should still see them.
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (jps) » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:42 pm

wwh wrote:Thanks for that, unfortunately the numbers on the jack plate have mostly been lost to time.


bassduke49 wrote:The digits are stamped in, so you should still see them.

Yeah, the S/N can't be "lost to time" unless the plate is seriously rusted.
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (antipodean) » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:41 pm

jps wrote:
wwh wrote:Thanks for that, unfortunately the numbers on the jack plate have mostly been lost to time.


bassduke49 wrote:The digits are stamped in, so you should still see them.

Yeah, the S/N can't be "lost to time" unless the plate is seriously rusted.

Or the plate has been replaced....
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (cjj) » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:04 pm

antipodean wrote:
jps wrote:
wwh wrote:Thanks for that, unfortunately the numbers on the jack plate have mostly been lost to time.


bassduke49 wrote:The digits are stamped in, so you should still see them.

Yeah, the S/N can't be "lost to time" unless the plate is seriously rusted.

Or the plate has been replaced....


Or it's not actually a Rickenbacker. The case isn't...
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (jps) » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:14 pm

The bass looks quite real, to me.
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (chrisdski) » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:22 am

If no plate pull the pick guard off and find the dates of the pots (if they are original). There may be some markings in the routed out area also.
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (bassduke49) » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:21 am

Certainly the case is not a Rick case, but made to fit one (or may have come with a Rick copy). But the chassis and hardware look genuine to me. I'd still like to see the jack plate.
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (sloop_john_b) » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:48 pm

That is 100% a real Rickenbacker.
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (doctorwho) » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:28 am

chrisdski wrote:If no plate pull the pick guard off and find the dates of the pots (if they are original). There may be some markings in the routed out area also.

+1

The pots have date codes that will help in establishing an approximate date for it.
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Re: Help identifying year, 1978?

Postby (wwh) » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:30 am

Thanks for all the info guys. The bass is getting a setup at the moment so I haven’t been able to get a picture of the jack plate but I’ll take one once I get it back.
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