Rickenbacker 4004L Reviews
I bought it 2nd hand (it's a 98 model) from a guitar store and paid AU$1200 (US$850ish)
I have always loved the look and sound of the Rickenbacker. When I saw this one, I had never seen a 4004 before, I had to do a bit of research to find out about it, and there wasn't much info out there. Thats why I'm doing this review so someone else like me might find it useful.
Everthing! If I had to narrow it down to one thing, I'd say the bridge pickup. It absolutely rocks. The drummer in my band says he has never heard me cut through so clearly before. I also love the look of it. The 4004L still has the classic Ricky shape, but the body has a more modern look, it has been rounded off a bit at the edges, and feels great to hold. It has 2 Humbucking pickups which are selectable for a variety of sounds, but for a thumping low sound, I just love using the bridge pickup alone. If you will pardon the expression, it's got balls. And big ones! The sustain is amazing, you can hold a note for ages. It's easy to play, and I love the look of it.
As seems to be the case with all other Ricky reviews, the quality and construction cannot be faulted. The finish is spot on. I did find a review on another site that said to keep a close eye on the neck because it can warp, but as this one is 6 years old and straight as an arrow, I cant see any problems there for me. The only other thing is it has a Bubinga fingerboard. I don't really know what bubinga is-it's obviously some type of timber, but it plays great. If you are like me and you don't know what bubinga is, don't let it worry you.
I love it. It's a dream come true. I had always wanted a 'traditional' Rick like the 4003, but now I have the 4004L I wouldn't swap it for anything. It's got 'wow' factor when you show it to someone for the first time.skipper
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