Dating a rickenbacker

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Guitar body, flamed 3-piece maple neck and electronics original.

Restored with neck reset, new repro Kluson tuners, toaster pickup covers and Kauffman vibrola; restoration included new fingerboard with crushed pearl inlays; period-correct HSC. This guitar was acquired from the son of the original owner. Note the original Ac’cent vibrato and roller bridge. This guitar was acquired from a relative of the original owner – who evidently did not play it very much. If John Lennon had played a full-scale Capri, this might well have been his choice.

It has all the features of its brother just above; however, it appears that the original finish was removed and the body and neck has been professionally refinished in a Autumn Gold (a transitional finish color between Autumnglo and Fireglo).

Note the flame-maple butcher-block style 11-piece top.

1957 Rickenbacker 365 Capri Prototype in Autumn Gold.

Another guitar from the early run of a few prototype full-scale Capri models made by Rickenbacker in 1957.

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This guitar is in near-mint original condition with its original HSC. This is one of the approximately 30 model 325 guitars made by Rickenbacker in 1958, and has survived in excellent shape with its original Two-Tone Brown finish. Along with the early Combo 450 model, the short-scale model 950 is one of the few Rickenbacker guitars with two pickups but one volume and one tone control. This early “Tulip” model – so called because of the shape of the body horns – has the “sax strap” ring and hook. This short-scale model has the least frets of all the short-scale models; as opposed to the 900, 950 and 310-325 models which were short scale with 21 frets, this model is short scale with 18 frets. This transitional 950 is finished in a rare non-traditional dark reddish brown color with a slight burst effect on the sides. It is all original with a short-scale neck, “tulip” body metal truss rod cover and plastic Kluson tuner buttons.

The finish color is a very mellow “dusty rose” shade of Fireglo. It is in museum quality collector condition with its original trapeze tailpiece. 1960 Rickenbacker Capri 360 in beautiful Fireglo finish; guitar is in very nice shape with slight weatherchecking on back bottom; original trapeze tailpiece; formerly in personal collection of Dave Rogers of Dave’s Guitar Shop. 1960 Rickenbacker Capri 365 in deep red ambered Fireglo; very clean guitar in very nice shape, showing very little playing wear; with roller bridge and Kauffman vibrola. This guitar came to me stripped of its original finish and redone in a mottled brown color.

I had it professionally refinished Jetglo in nitrocellulose. This guitar was likely a custom order, as the original finish is not a standard finish for this era, but is very dark around the edges. 1961 Rickenbacker “New Capri” 365 in near-mint condition; Fireglo finish; closely resembles guitar on cover of “Rittor Rickenbacker” book, except this example has the original oven knobs; roller bridge with Ac’cent vibrola and crushed pearl inlays, introduced on this model and not seen again until 1964. 1961 Rickenbacker "New Capri" 365 in Mapleglo finish; roller bridge with Ac’cent vibrola, crushed pearl inlays. 1961 Rickenbacker “New Capri” extremely rare near-mint 330 in deep, deep red Fireglo with flamed maple 3-piece neck; small pro-repaired expansion crack in lower front body edge by end strap-button; trapeze tailpiece. Another acquisition from the son of the original owner, this guitar was played and well taken care of.

Its unusual length required a short “extension” piece to complete the bass horn.

The production 325 guitars that followed had a body that was shorter by about 1.5 to 2.0 inches. stamped in the elongated jackplate is, a few numbers away from John Lennon’s V81 325 Capri.

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.

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