1995 Rickenbacker 4001v63 "My High Flying Bird"


First part of the restoration was putting the three pieces of body and neck back together and this was done using slow cure epoxy glue ensuring the pieces all lined up perfectly. After it had cured it was apparent that the process had worked and the lady could be saved.

Surprisingly only a few slivers of wood had been lost in the 'accident' but a small amout of filling was necessary and this was the deciding factor that a change of colour was necessary to hide the repairs.

The body was sanded and finished in nitrocellulose black followed by several coats of clear and finally compounded and then machine buffed.

Using a Rickysounds pickguard, as the original had snapped, the electronics were transplanted and the only part that had been broken, one keywind, was replaced.

The strap pins are now Rickenbacker straplock types instead of the vintage style which this model usually has, and this is because on its first outing, the strap came away from the rear strap pin and she dropped onto a stone floor . She landed on the jackplate and flattened one of the screw heads but this was the only damage, all the repairs held firm. Now she is one of my personal player basses and is often borrowed by people using our studio to put down some great sounding bass lines.


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