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Vintage 1970’s John Birch 4001 Style Bass In Rare Arctic White


  • Rare Arctic White Finish
  • All Original
  • Stereo Wired
  • Hyperflux Pickups
  • Through Neck Design
  • Great Condition
  • Case

This is a rare opportunity to get your hands on an all original 1970’s John Birch 4001 style Bass. These basses are very collectable & are getting extremely hard to get hold of now. This one is finished in Arctic White, which was quite rare for this model, as most were in Green & Cherry Sunburst finish.

It comes with the Hyperflux pickups. She plays beautifully well & has pretty much zero fret wear.

She has a few age signs such as some minor crazing to the rear of the neck at the heel & a couple of minor body marks, but nothing really noticeable, but for a 40-50 year old guitar, she is in amazing all round order, I would say she is 8/10 condition

I think the case is original. It is in 9/10 condition.

Whenever we get John Birch guitars in stock we get asked questions regarding the multiple control knobs, so below is a link to the Wikipedia page which explains in great detail about his guitars. We have also cut and pasted  a couple of paragraphs from that website  explaining in detail about the configuration.

Apart from the pickups, John Birch applied a single-knob bass-cut/treble-cut tone control at all his instruments, equivalent to the controls at 1940/50 Epiphone Electar guitars and early 1950 Gretsch guitars with DeArmond Dynasonic pickups. This JB-tone control however did not affect the frequency response when set to neutral, unlike the Gretsch and the Epiphone dual tone controls.
The guitars also featured unique switching options, having up to seven control knobs for a single-neck guitar. With two Multiflux pickups, there are 22 switching options available, including stereo, in and out of phase, mono, and each pickup acting as a single unit.

In brief, John Birch made for many of the Stars of the day, including, Tony Iomi (Black Sabbath) Brian May (Queen) Roy Orbison, Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple) Dave Hill (Slade, Remember his machine gun guitar!) The Glitter band & many, many more. Check out Wikipedia for the full John Birch Story

Trade / PX Always welcome.

Very Interesting Video from the JB Camp


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