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1970 Rickenbacker 4005L Lightshow "Prototype" Bass

$85,000.00
Year
1970
Manufacturer
Rickenbacker
Model
4005L Lightshow "Prototype" Bass
Color
Burgandyglo
Condition
Excellent
Description

This is the ultimate & rarest Bass made by Rickenbacker ever hands down ! This is the Prototype 4005LS “Lightshow” Bass made in November 1970 & is the very 1st one ever produced. It was owned by a fellow outside of Baltimore, Md. since new & he played it regularly in a Honky Tonk band around that area for many years (pictured holding it in our photos). It came to us thru his Wife & Daughter. This has a pretty Burgandyglo finish that is a dark red stain over its maple construction. It also sports a set of “Toaster” pickups that only 1 other 4005LS has ever had…the Bass that was owned by “John Entwistle” of the “Who” & was used by John in the early 70’s, but has disappeared from existance & is no where to be found (see John in the photo’s I also have posted).

This particular bass also has the clear “Plexi” panels as on all Lightshow’s that have a swirly middle layer that covers its original Lightshow circuit board w/its colored Xmas tree-like panel that works perfectly. It has its crushed pearl shark tooth inlays in its fingerboard. It is totally cool being the 1st one made, it is equipped with its original Lightshow curcuitry from a Guitar which is a smaller board than what was used after this one was made. Its Kluson tuners hold tune quite well. It still has its chrome capped knobs & “ “ tailpiece. The last cool item on this Prototype Bass is it has a 2nd 3-way selector lever that turns on & off the lights inside…but it is actually a 2-way switch & it was deleted by Rickenbacker since these all had a light volume knob that did the same. I guess Rick saved about $2.00 off of the production costs from this deletion & this bass is the only Lightshow Guitar or Bass to ever have that feature. The back side of the body was refinished as his belt buckle made deep marks into the wood so its owner removed only that panel of finish. Ross Teigen made it look great & relic’d it a bit to match its overall condition. Also its light input jack plug in was replaced as well as its power supply box w/a replica unit. Rickenbacker produced quite a # of the Guitar versions, the 331LS Lightshow, between 100 – 200 were produced. We also have one of those for sale in our inventory in a Mapleglo finish (as seen sitting next to our Bass in 1 of our photos).

After speaking to the man in charge at Rickenbacker, Mr. John Hall, he verified to his knowledge they made only about 5 of the 4005LS Lightshow Basses ever. Today we know of only 3 of these rare jewels to exist & ours was the 1st ever made & has never been for sale to the public ever. It is excellent overall & this bad boy also has an original Silver tolex covered hard case.

1970 Rickenbacker 4005L Lightshow Bass

$85,000.00

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Description

This is the ultimate & rarest Bass made by Rickenbacker ever hands down ! This is the Prototype 4005LS “Lightshow” Bass made in November 1970 & is the very 1st one ever produced. It was owned by a fellow outside of Baltimore, Md. since new & he played it regularly in a Honky Tonk band around that area for many years (pictured holding it in our photos). It came to us thru his Wife & Daughter. This has a pretty Burgandyglo finish that is a dark red stain over its maple construction. It also sports a set of “Toaster” pickups that only 1 other 4005LS has ever had…the Bass that was owned by “John Entwistle” of the “Who” & was used by John in the early 70’s, but has disappeared from existance & is no where to be found (see John in the photo’s I also have posted).

This particular bass also has the clear “Plexi” panels as on all Lightshow’s that have a swirly middle layer that covers its original Lightshow circuit board w/its colored Xmas tree-like panel that works perfectly. It has its crushed pearl shark tooth inlays in its fingerboard. It is totally cool being the 1st one made, it is equipped with its original Lightshow curcuitry from a Guitar which is a smaller board than what was used after this one was made. Its Kluson tuners hold tune quite well. It still has its chrome capped knobs & “ “ tailpiece. The last cool item on this Prototype Bass is it has a 2nd 3-way selector lever that turns on & off the lights inside…but it is actually a 2-way switch & it was deleted by Rickenbacker since these all had a light volume knob that did the same. I guess Rick saved about $2.00 off of the production costs from this deletion & this bass is the only Lightshow Guitar or Bass to ever have that feature. The back side of the body was refinished as his belt buckle made deep marks into the wood so its owner removed only that panel of finish. Ross Teigen made it look great & relic’d it a bit to match its overall condition. Also its light input jack plug in was replaced as well as its power supply box w/a replica unit. Rickenbacker produced quite a # of the Guitar versions, the 331LS Lightshow, between 100 – 200 were produced. We also have one of those for sale in our inventory in a Mapleglo finish (as seen sitting next to our Bass in 1 of our photos).

After speaking to the man in charge at Rickenbacker, Mr. John Hall, he verified to his knowledge they made only about 5 of the 4005LS Lightshow Basses ever. Today we know of only 3 of these rare jewels to exist & ours was the 1st ever made & has never been for sale to the public ever. It is excellent overall & this bad boy also has an original Silver tolex covered hard case.

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Year

1970

Year Is Estimated
Reissue Year
Make

Rickenbacker

Model

4005L Lightshow "Prototype" Bass

Condition

Excellent

Is Lefty

No

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