Rickenbacker vintage dating

It is impossible to tell the exact year many of the early Bakelites were built because of this lack of record keeping.However there are some features that will help you to come close.

This early example also has a one-piece neck with no middle “walnut” stripe, an extra-long “crescent” soundhole and a wooden cap on the neck heel that extends over the body binding.It has an extremely attractive flame-maple butcher-block style top with single gold pickguard, Combo-style pickup selector switch and tone selector switch, volume and tone knobs and a Kauffman vibrola.Unlike the full scale Capris that followed, it is distinguished by a Combo-style wiring and one-piece neck with no middle “walnut” stripe, an extra-long “crescent” soundhole, first introduced on this guitar, and a wooden cap on the neck heel that extends over the body binding. This guitar is identified as a 1957 model and depicted in a color photo on page 104 of “” (1987) by Richard R. This guitar is in near-mint original condition with its OHSC.The Combo 400 from 1957 had an even deeper cutaway on the treble side of the neck.The 400 was replaced in 1958 by the 450, whose body evolved that year from a clone of the Tulip-style 400 to a new design with a so-called cresting-wave shape.