Luthier Roger Rossmeisl Riding Rickenbacker’s Crested Wave


Roger Rossmeisl at Fender c.mid-1960’s

(b.1927 in Kiel, Germany – d.1979 in Berlin, Germany) Rossmeisl, son of luthier Wenzel Rossmeisl, was a luthier that worked for Fender, Gibson and Rickenbacker.  Roger Rossmeisl was hired by F.C. Hall in 1954 and was responsible for a number of Rickenbacker designs of the era.  Most notably, Rossmeisl designed the Rickenbacker 4000 electric bass guitar which was released in the 1957.  The 4000 design featured the “crested wave” body and headstock which has become one of the most iconic basses ever designed.  By the early 1960’s a second pickup had and a new pickguard emerged as the model 4001 (including the RM1999 and several other variants such as the 4003, 4001s, 4001/8 and others) becoming probably the second most icon bass ever made.

Reference: German Wiki, Fender NewsJim Roberts American Basses

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