Rickenbacker 4001

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Chris Wolstenholme playing his Rickenbacker
Chris Wolstenholme and his Rickenbacker 4001
Chris Wolstenholme's black Rickenbacker 4001
Rickenbacker 4001
Manufacturer Rickenbacker
Used 2006-06-072012-09-30
Body type Solid
Neck joint Through-body
Body covering Sunburst Fireglo
Wood Body: maple
Neck: maple
Fingerboard: rosewood (20 frets, triangle inlays, 84.5 cm scale length)
Bridge Fixed (with Schaller deluxe tuners)
Electronics Two volume, two tone, three-way toggle pickup selector, mono output
Pickup(s) Neck/bridge: 2×Single-coil
Special circuits


Christopher Wolstenholme was using a sunburst Fireglo Rickenbacker 4001 bass live from the beginning of the Black Holes and Revelations tour to the start of The 2nd Law tour.

He also has a black 4001 Rickenbacker, which was seen during the recording of Drones.

Misjudgement as Rickenbacker 4003

Comparison between the 4001 and 4003 (Up left = 4001, down left = 4003, right = Chris' 4001
Rickenbacker 4003
Chris Wolstenholme's 4001 (watch the circled output jack)
Rickenbacker 4001

Previously this bass was mistaken as a Rickenbacker 4003. But there are some differences between those two basses.

  • Bridge PU (4001 = uncovered | 4003 = covered)
  • Output jack (4001 = mono | 4003 = stereo & mono (switchable))


He used this bass only for Knights of Cydonia and Map of the Problematique live and played those songs with a plectrum partially.

While simplifing his tour rack, this bass was replaced by the Status basses, that he mainly uses nowadays for The 2nd Law tour.

This bass is now displayed in the MUSEum for the Drones World Tour.

Songs used for

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