Dick Dale, that's very cool! When I lived in the SF Bay Area a local college radio station had a surf show every Saturday night that I'd listen to. Besides all the classic surf tunes they also played this great modern surf/psych band called the Mermen...fun stuff!
Man you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe...
So, Rocky, are you lefthanded. or do you just have a lefthanded Hofner? And if you want to be like Paul, remove the pickguard.
And dennis1960, wouldn't yours be more a 4003 than a 4001? Not much difference.
Sorry to be such a gearhead.
Hey HenryJ, you can never be too much of a gearhead
I just read on wiki that Rick stopped making the 4001 in 1981 and cutover to the 4003. According to what I could find the differences were in the truss rod design and stronger fret wire (which doesn't matter to me as I use flat wound strings). Anyway, my serial number dates it to March 1983 but I still have a 4001 headstock piece so always thought it was a 4001. Maybe it's really a 4003 and they were just using up the rest of their stock of 4001 truss covers
UPDATE: This 4001 vs 4003 got me curious so I got my, "The Complete History of Rickenbacker Guitars" book off my shelf and had a look. It tells a different story than wiki. The book states that 4003's were introduced in 1979, "as a model 4001 redesigned for use with round wound strings". The book states the 4001's were in production until 1986 when, "the versatile 4003 replaced the 4001 entirely", so it looks like Rickenbacker was selling both from '79 to '86. Double checked my serial # and it begins with WC which the book ID's as March 1983
Well, dennis1960, if the headstock says 4001, then it's a 4001.
But that's not unlike Rickenbacker. It seems that they had a guitar model 420, then put a vibrato tailpiece on it, then after a while named the version with the vibrato tailpiece the 425, keeping the 420 model number for the hardtail version. I may be remembering it wrong.
Seems that George's first Ric was a 420 with the vibrato tailpiece. He bought it in Chicago in 1963 on a visit to his sister; George was the first Beatle to visit the USA.
I can see them, and I checked on a friend's laptop, who isn't a member, and the pics were visible there. Does anyone have suggestions about a site to link photos, now that Photobucket went into the extortion business?