Original Kluson Deluxe tuners, worn finish on the edges of the body and some belt buckle wear. John Lennons original model 1996 with serial number DE519 (May of 1964) from Ringo Starrs collection was sold at an auction at Julien´s Auctions in 2005 for 910000USD, this guitar is DG875 and was made 2 months later, and can be had at a fraction of the cost of Ringos guitar.
I was searching to see how much my avon rose morris sg may be worth. I came accross one identical to mine on ebay and to my surprise it had the same serial number as mine. Could anyone explain why? Would love to hear from someone who may have one with the same serial number...1075
I suspect it's more like a batch/shipment number than an individual serial. Rose Morris sold three different guitar ranges - Top Twenty, Avon & Shaftesbury, and these all had the same silver stickers, obviously attached by the distributor rather than the manufacturer, as they were sourced from various different suppliers.
The other digits in the serial number can tell you when your banjo was made. The first two digits tell you the month the banjo was built, the last two digits before the dash or space will tell you the year, and the numbers in between are considered the number of that model we have made since we started the formal serial number system in 1987. For example: 0534599-7362 would be a banjo from May of 1999.
The following is a list of "prop" guitars that Presley used on screen during musical numbers in his 31 theatrical films. These guitars were purchased by the studios, and in some cases, were identical to Presley's own performance guitars. The Gibson J-200 used in Loving You, King Creole, and G.I. Blues, for example, was identical to the Gibson J-200 he purchased in October 1956 (serial number A-22937).
The Maurer Company records have been lost. It would have helped if the Larson brothers had sequential serial numbers but there is just enough contradictory evidence to prevent one from trusting numbers that appear to be sequential. To complicate matters, the Larson brothers appear to have used different numbering techniques for different brands that they supplied. The following are believed to be accurate known numbers:
In general: Bacon serial numbers begin in 1906 (1 and 2 digit) and run consecutively until the sale of the company to Gretsch in 1940 (5 digit). Like all other companies, there are exceptions. For example: B&D had several un-numbered models between 1913 and 1920.
About Larrivée Guitar LabelsLarrivee Serial Numbers (approximate)Michael Gurian GuitarsAll Gurian Guitars have serial numbers stamped on the neck block in characters visible through the soundhole. The numbers are preceded by letters: A, B, C, or D which indicate the series.
Vintage Guitars Info'sRickenbacker (Rickenbacher)Vintage Guitar Info.Rickenbacker (Rickenbacher) vintage guitars history and collecting.Private vintage guitar collector. Pictures, history for Rickenbacker vintage guitars.Contact the Vintage Guitar Info Guy.1963 Rickenbacker 360-12 stringwith "old" (pre-6/64) body style. Rickenbacker Information:IntroductionGeneral SpecsSerial Numbers (How to Find the Year)Thin Hollowbody Ricks (models 310 to 375)Thin Fullbody Ricks (models 330f to 375f)Thick Hollowbody Ricks (models 381 & 385)Solidbody Ricks (models 400 to 1000)LapSteelsProduction NumbersPicture Gallery, Rick section Introduction.1956 Trade show:a model with a Model 400, in pink.Rickenbacker was the first company to successfully market electric guitars. Pre-WWII lapsteels and pre-WWII spanish models are collectible, but reallymore for historic reasons than for playing. Post-WWII lapsteels areinteresting, but not to the extent of the pre-WWII models.The most interesting Rickenbackers are the hollowbody models. In particular,the 1958 to pre-June 1964 models with the old style (squared edge) body shape, "stove" or "TV" knobs, and gold pickguard are the most interesting to me personally. The marketplace has a different idea though -The newer 1964 and later hollowbody modelswith checked binding and sparkle fingerboard inlays are collectible,because of their association with the Beatles, Byrds, and other1960's super groups (though personally I don't really enjoy thesenewer models). The "export" models are also collectible.For the most part, solidbody Rickenbacker guitars are pretty low on thesocial guitar ladder. They don't really have a "sound", and haven'tplayed a big part in electric musically history. Therefore their valuesare pretty low.Always make sure the "neck set" on any Rickenbackeris good. That is, with the playing action set LOW, there should still beat least 1/16" to 1/4" left for the bridge to go lower. If the bridgeis down all the way, or the top was routed to recess the bridge (tomake it go lower), avoid that Rick! There is no "easy" way to fix thisproblem; the whole back of the guitar will need to be removed to reset the neck angle.No cheap or easy task (the cost of the repair could be more than thecost of the guitar!). The 1958 Rick 345 pictured here has about 1/8" left togo down, which is fine. Note the "toaster" style pickup.Here's the inside of a 330/340/360/370 series Rick. The body is a solid pieceof wood routed out from the back. Then a separate back is glued on. This is whya neck set is so expensive on these guitars; you must remove the back to resetthe neck. So if the bridge has no more downward room, the Rick is essentiallytrash (the cost of a neck set is often more than the value of the guitar). Rickenbacker painted their rosewood fingerboards with clear lacquer(much like Fender did to their maple fingerboards). Because of this,they can wear much like a Fender fingerboard. But the wear is much less noticable because of the dark rosewood. This guitar is a 1960's Rick 330.General Rickenbacker Specs.Pickups1932 to 1943: Horseshoe pickup, 1 1/2" wide, magnet wraps over strings.1946 to 1971: Horseshoe pickup, 1 1/4" wide, magnet wraps over strings.Discontinued on most models in 1957 and replaced by the Toaster pickup.But some lapsteels still used the Horseshoe pickup until 1971.1957 to 1970: "Toaster" pickup, looks like the top of a bread toaster.The classic Rickenbacker pickup that produces sound most associated with Rickenbackers.1968 to 1990s: Hi-Gain pickups. Hi-Gain pickups were first introducedon the 381 model in 1968, when the 381 was reintroduced (though some early 1968model 381 guitars did have Toaster pickups). Other models phased in these pickups in 1969 and 1970. By 1970 most models had Hi-Gain pickups.1960 to present: "Rick-O-Sound" stereo (extra jack) on deluxe models (usedToaster or Hi-Gain pickups, depending on the model/year).Pickguards.1956 to 1963: Gold back-painted clear Lucite.1964 to present: Thick white plastic.1958 to present: Split level pickguards on hollowbody models.Knobs.1956 to 1963: "TV" or "Stove" knobs, large diamond gold knobs with raised black thin center section.1964 to present: Black knobs with edge indents.a 1959 blond with a 1959 blond Rick 375.Note the "TV" knobs, gold pickguard, andsquared edge body.Trim and Fingerboard Inlays.Standard Trim: dot fingerboard inlays, no fingerboard binding.1957 to 1970 Deluxe Trim: Triangle inlay goes completely across fingerboard.1964 to 1970 Deluxe Trim: Sparkle crushed pearl fingerboard inlays.1970 to present Deluxe Trim: Triangle inlay does not extend completelyacross fingerboard, non-sparkle inlay material.Logo.1934 to 1949: "Rickenbacher" is spelled with an "h", not "k" in the "bacher" portion of the name.1950 to present: "Rickenbacker" spelled with a "k".Rickenbacker pre-WW2 Horseshoe pickup.Finishes.1956 to 1959: Yellow to brown sunburst finish.1960 to present: "Fireglo" sunburst yellow to red.1960 to 1980: "Autumnglo" sunburst red to brown.1958 to present: "Mapleglo" natural finish. Rickenbacker Serial Numbers (How to Find the Year).Rickenbacker serial numbers are the easiest way to find the yearfor a particular instrument.1932 to 1954 serial numbersSerial numbers on these early models are unreliable. Some dating can bedone by patent numbers printed on the guitar. This would be the earliestpossible date of the instrument.Solidbody Serial Numbers, 1954 to September 1959.Number example: #(#)C####Number is stamped on the jackplate or bridge.Numeral(s) before letter designate model: 4=400 or 425,6=600, 65=650, 8=800.Letter (represented by "C" in above example) is type of instrument:C=combo (guitar), B=bass, M=mandolin, V=3/4 size.First numeral after letter is year.Last 3 numerals are number series. Each model has its own series. Example: 65C7123 = 1957 Combo 650, 4C6123 = 1956 Combo 400.Exceptions:Model 450 have 4C####A configuration.3/4 size models have V###, V#### or ####A thru Oct 1960, first numeral is still last digit of year.Basses have B#### configuration.Mandolins have M### configuration.Some examples have #C## configuration. Dateable by serial number.Solidbody (except 3/4 sizes) Serial Numbers, Sept 1959 to Oct 1960.Number configuration: #(#)A###.Only 3 numerals after letter. Numbers do not contain date information.Left: The serial number on any1960 or later Rick (or 1958 andlater hollowbody) is on theoutput jack plate. This is a 1958 Rickenbacker 345. The"3" means it has 3 pickups,the "V" means it has a vibrato.Right: The serial number on a 360. The "GD" atthe top of the jack means April 1967.Hollowbody Serial Numbers, 1958 to October 1960.Number configuration: #A## (early 1958), or #A###.Numeral before letter is number of pickups (2 or 3).Letter (denoted by "A" in above example) is "V" for vibrato, or "T" for standard tailpiece.1958 range of numbers seen: V80 to 3V254.Highest Capri series number in 1959: 2T835.First Capri series number in 1960: 3V706.Series (last 3 numerals) starts over with 001 in January 1960.Letter "R" replaces "T" or "V" on deluxe models only: June 1960.Serial Numbers all models, October 1960 to 1986.Configuration: AA## or AA###, letters on jackplate above jack hole, numerals below jackhole.Year First Letter Month Second Letter---- ------------ ----- -------------1961 A Jan A1962 B Feb B1963 C Mar C1964 D Apr D1965 E May E1966 F Jun F1967 G Jul G1968 H Aug H1969 I Sep I1970 J Oct J1971 K Nov K1972 L Dec L1973 M 1974 N 1975 O 1976 P 1977 Q 1978 R 1979 S 1980 T1981 U1982 V1983 W1984 X1985 Y1986 ZSerial Number 1987 to 1991, all models.Configuration: A### or A####, number on jackplate, letter and 1 numeralabove jack, 2 or 3 numerals below jack hole.Letter denotes month (see preceding table).Numeral after letter denotes year:Year Numeral after letter---- --------------------1987 01988 11989 21990 31991 4Thin Hollowbody (Capri) Series, models 310 to 375.Thin hollow body, double cutaway with pointed horns, both cutaways to 21stfret, bass horn cutaway slightly longer, flat top recessed at tailpiece,top no beveled around bass side like solidbody model with same shape,"Cat Eye" or slash F-holes, chrome bar pickups, brown or red sunburst or natural finish. 3/4 Full ScalePickups Scale Std Deluxe------- ----- --- ------2 pu 310 330 3602 pu, vibrato 315 335 3653 pu 320 340 3703 pu, vibrato 325 345 375Models 310 to 325.Introduced in 1958, 12 3/4" wide, most with no soundholes, short 3/4 scale, 4 knobs, standard trim. 1958: Some models with "F" holes (documented, model 315 serial number 2V395)1964: all models with "F" holes. 1963: Five knob configuration. 1975: Hi-gain pickups. 1979: No "F holes standard in 1979 (but available by special order).Model 310 (2 pickups, 3/4 scale) discontinued 1971, re-introduced in 1981 and discontinued 1989.Model 315 (2 pickups, 3/4 sale, vibrato), discontinued 1975.Model 325 (3 pickups, 3/4 scale, vibrato).Discontinued 1975. Model 325 re-introduced in 1984.1966 Rickenbacker 330Models 330 to 345.Introduced in 1958, 15 1/4" wide, most with cat-eye soundholes.Dot fingerboard inlays (standardtrim), back binding only or no binding, 4 knobs. 1958: Thick 2 1/2" body with square edges.1961: Thinner body (1 1/2" deep) with square edges, no binding.1963: Five knob configuration.1970: Some with slanted frets.Model 330: 2 pickups, no vibrato. Still in production today.Model 335: 2 pickups, vibrato. Discontinued 1978.Model 331 "Light Show" introduced 1970. Same as a model 330 but with"light organ" electronics and translucent plastic top and external powerbox. Discontinued 1975.Model 340: 3 pickups, no vibrato. Discontinued 1985.Model 345: 3 pickups, vibrato. Discontinued 1975.1959 Rickenbacker model 360v.Models 360 to 375.Introduced 1958, 15 1/4" wide, cat-eye soundholes. Sharkfin fingerboard inlays (deluxe trim), 4 knobs.1958: "OS" (old style) thick body (2 1/2") with top and back binding, square body edges. 1960: Stereo "Rick-O-Sound" optional. 1961: Thinner body (1 1/2" deep) still with top and back binding and square body edges.1963: "R" tailpiece on non-vibrato models and 5 knobs.June 1964: new body style ("NS") introduced with rounded top edges, no top binding, checkered back binding, bound cat-eye sound holes.The old body style (OS) is known as "double bound", where the new body style (NS) has a rounded front body with only back binding. The knobs also change from thelarge TV knob to the smaller black indented knob. Pickguard changed from back-paintedgold Acrylic to a solid white pickguard.1968: Roller bridge on vibrato models 365 and 375.Model 360: two pickups, no vibrato.Model 365: two pickups, vibrato.Model 370: three pickups, no vibrato.Model 375: three pickups, vibrato.Models 365, 375 discontinued 1975. Re-introduced in 1985.Export Models.Distributed in Europe by Rose, Morris & Co, LTD.1964: All introduced with fireglo (sunburst) finish standard. 1965: Black, autumnglo, mapleglo finish available.1969: Last distributed by Rose, Morris.Model 1993: export version of 330-12, but with 1 F-hole and double-bound body.Model 1996: export version of 325 model but with F-holes.Model 1997: export version of 335 model but with F-holes.Model 1998: export version of 345 model but with F-holes.Model 3262: export version of 336-12 with "comb".12 String Models.330-12: Twelve string version of model 330, introduced in 1965.360-12: Twelve string version of model 360, introduced in 1964 with2 pickups, "Rick-O-Sound" stereo, double bound top, bound back, bound cat-eyesoundhole, bound fingerboard with triangle inlays, flat plate tailpiece.In fall 1964 new body style with rounded top edge and no top binding, checkered back binding, "R" tailpiece.336-12: Twelve string version of model 330 but with a "comb" to disengage extra 6 strings, introduced 1966. Discontinued 1974.366-12: Twelve string version of model 360 but with a "comb" to disengage extra 6 strings, introduced 1966. Discontinued 1974.1966 Rickenbacker 366-12 Convertible Comb.Convertible Comb 12 String Models (336/12, 366/12, 456/12).The Rickenbacker unique string converter,commonly known as a "comb", was introduced on three models in 1966. It changed the guitar from twelve to six strings (or less than twelve strings) via a lever that pulled the desired number of the strings down against the frets (and in theory out of the way). When not engaged, the guitar is a "normal" twelve string. The comb converter was available on the 336/12, 366/12, and 456/12 (solidbody). The 336/12 was a model 330-12 with a comb. Likewise the 366/12 wasa model 360-12 with a comb, and the 456/12 was a model 450-12 with a comb.The string coverter was designed by James E. Gross of Glenview, Illinois. The convertible comb models disappeared from the Rickenbacker product line in 1976(but in reality production of this model stopped in 1974).Probably because this idea was not very good for the player. For example,strings could not be bent when the comb was engaged. So the usefulness of a combedtwelve-string-made-six-string was limited at best, and certainly looked strange.1959 Rickenbacker 330f FullbodyThin Fullbody Series, models 330F to 375F.17" wide, thin 2 1/2" deep, hollowbody, single rounded cutaway, controls mounted on split-level pickguard, sametrim and feature patterns as regular model, 14 frets clear of the body,sunburst or natural finish. Thinner body (less than 2" deep) around 1963.Controls mounted directly to the top starting in 1969.Introducted in 1959, all models discontinued by 1973.Pickups Std Deluxe------- --- ------2 pu 330F 360F2 pu, vibrato 335F 365F3 pu 340F 370F3 pu, vibrato 345F 375FModel 330f, 335f only available 1959-1960.Model 340f, 345f discontinued 1963.Deluxe models 360f to 375f discontinued 1973.Thick Hollowbody Series, models 381, 385.All have full depth body and full scale. Flattop Pickups Archtop Roundhole------- ------- ---------No pu 3852 pu 381Model 381: Introduced 1958, electric 2 pickups, carved top and back, extreme pointed double cutaways, 1 cat-eye sound hole, dot or triangular fingerboard inlays, 2 switches, 2 knobs, top and back checkered binding,Toaster pickups, discontinued 1963. Re-introduced 1968.The 1968 and later models had Hi-Gain pickups (except for some veryearly 1968 model 381 guitars which had Toaster pickups).Discontinued again in 1974.Model 385: Introduced 1958, flat top, dreadnought body shape, round hole, pin bridge, discontinued 1972.1936 Rickenbacker Electro Spanish Model BRickenbacker Solidbody GuitarsPre-War ModelsElectro Spanish Model B, available 1935 to 1943.1935 specs: Black bakelite body, horseshoe pickup, 5 chrome plates on face, 1 octagonal knob on lower bass bout, detachable bakelite neck with molded frets, string thru body.1938 specs: 2 round knobs with ridges, one black and one white.1940 specs: 5 plates on face now white.Discontinued 1943.Vibrola Spanish, available 1938 to 1943.1938 specs: Black bakelite body, horseshoe pickup, 4 chrome plates on face, 6 holes on upper treble plate, motorized electric vibrola unit,1 knob on upper bass bout and 1 on lower bass bout, detachable bakelite neck with molded frets.1939 specs: 1 knob on lower bass bout and 1 on lower treble boutsmall holes in both upper bout plates.Discontinued 1943.1957 Rickenbacker Combo 800with Slight Bass-Side Cutaway.Cutaway Solidbody Models with Slight Bass-Side Cutaway.Combo 600 (single pickup) and Combo 800 (double pickup), available 1954 to 1959.1954 specs: Cutaway to 19th fret on treble side and to 15th fret onbass side, horseshoe pickup (double coil on 800), 1 tone switch (also selector switch on 800), 1 chrome volume knob, small black pickguard, square corner peghead, blond finish.1955 specs: Black plastic knobs, asymmetrical peghead, vertical logo.1958 specs: Combo 800 pickups changed to single horseshoe treblepickup and bar neck position pickup.Discontinued 1959, but offered in catalog with cresting wave body shapebut apparently none produced.Tulip (Double Cutaway) Body Shape Solidbody ModelsCombo 400, available 1956 to 1958.1956 specs: Symmetrical tulip shaped double cutaway body, neck thru body design, 1 retangular pickup with oblong metal plate in center in neckposition, tone switch on treble cutaway, 2 knobs, large anondize pickguardcovers most of body but not all of pickup, Cloverfield green (blue/green),Montezuma brown (golden) or Jet Black finish.1957 specs: Deeper cutaway on treble side, 2 switches, pickguardsurrounds pickup.Discontinued 1958 and replaced by Model 425.1957 Rickenbacker Combo 450 with"Tulip" body shape and deeper treble cut.Combo 450, available 1956 to 1958 with Tulip body shape.1956 specs: Symmetrical tulip body shape, neck thru body design,2 rectangular pickups with rectangular metal plate in center, 2 knobs,rotary selector switch with pointed knob on treble cutaway, Cloverfieldgreen (blue/green), Montezuma Brown (golden), or Jet Black finish.1957 specs: Deeper cutaway on treble side, 2 chrome bar pickups,2 knobs and 1 selector switch on treble cutaway.Discontinued 1958 and replaced with Cresting wave body shape.Model 900 (1 pu), 950 (2 pu) and 1000 (1 pu)3/4 size student model, tulip shaped body, neck thru body design, singlepickup models have pickup in middle position, black finish, large thick whitepickguard. Available 1957.Model 900 specs: 1 pickup, 21 fret neck.Model 950 specs: 2 pickups, 21 fret neck.Model 1000 specs: 1 pickup, 18 fret neck.Model 900, 950 went to cresting wave shape in 1969.Model 1000 discontinued 1971, Models 900 and 950 discontinued 1980.Extreme Double Cutaway Solidbody ShapeCombo 650 and 850Double cutaway with pointed horns, both cutaways to 20th fret, top beveledaround bass side, 1 horseshoe pickup, natural or turquoise finish. Combo850 has 1 double coil horseshoe pickup and 2 switches.Available 1957 to 1959.1958 specs: Chrome-bar pickup on Combo 650, 1 horseshoe and 1 chromebar pickup on Combo 850.Discontinued 1959 but still offered in catalog till 1967.1959 Rickenbacker Combo 450with "Cresting Wave" body shape.Cresting Wave Solidbody ShapeCombo 420 and 425, available 1958 to 1984.1958 specs: 1 5/8" thick, 1 chrome bar pickup, white thick pickguard,sunburst finish.1961 specs: Thinner body.1965 specs: Boyd vibrato added to Combo 425. Combo 420 introduced - same as Combo 425 but no vibrato.Combo 425 Discontinued 1973, Combo 420 discontinued 1984.Combo 450, 450-12, 456-12, available this body shape 1958 to 1984.1958 specs: Body shape changed from Tulip to Cresting Wave shape,sunburst finish.1960 specs: 4 knobs, fireglo, black or natural finish.1961 specs: Thinner body.1962 specs: Boyd vibrato added, pickguard changed from metal to thick white plastic, 3 pickups optional.1964 specs: 12 string Combo 450-12 model available.1968 specs: 12 string Combo 456-12 model available with comb todisengage extra 6 strings.1970 specs: Hi-gain pickups.Discontinued 1984.Combo 460, available 1961 to 1985.1961 specs: 2 chrome bar pickups, 5 knobs, 1 switch, deluxe trim,black, natural or fireglo finish.1962 specs: Rick-O-Sound stereo standard.1968 specs: Stereo discontinued.Discontinued 1985.Model 615, 625, available 1962 to 1977.1962 specs: Top carved out around tailpiece to fix vibrato, 2 pickups,roller bridge, fireglo, natural or black finish. Model 625 has deluxe trim.1964 specs: Adjustable height pickguard.Discontinued 1977.Model 900 (1 pu), 950 (2 pu), available 1969 to 1980 in this body shape.1969 specs: Cresting wave body shape replaces Tulip body.Discontinued 1980.Rickenbacker LapSteels.Rickenbacker Bakelite prewar lapsteels with 1 1/2" wide magnet horseshoe pickups are considered collectible and excellent sounding instruments. Metal body models are of little interest, except for the nickel plated models. All postwar lapsteel models with 1 1/4" wide horseshoe magnets have little collectability, but are fine utility instruments.Rickenbacker Frying Pan Electro A-22 LapSteelElectro Hawaiian (Frying Pan) LapSteel A-22, A-25.1932 Electro A-22 introductions specs: Circular cast aluminum body, horseshoe pickup, magnet 1 1/2" wide, no knobs, dot fingerboard markers, slotted peghead, "Electro" logo engraved into the peghead. The A-22 modelhas a 22.5" scale length, and the A-25 model has a 25" scale length.1934 Electro A-22 specs: volume knob added, "Rickenbacher Electro" metal plate added topeghead.1935 Electro A-22 specs: tone knob added.1946 Electro A-22 specs: magnet 1 1/4" wide, chrome tailpiece, phillipshead pickup adjustment screws.Electro A-22/A-25 discontinued 1950.A-22 Electro re-introducted 1954: Bakelite back plate, decal on peghead.A-22 Electro discontinued 1958.1940 Rickenbacker Model B Lapsteel (bakelite)1935 Rick Model B lapsteel.Model B and BD LapSteel.1935 Model B introduction specs: Bakelite body and neck, horseshoepickup, magnet 1 1/2" wide, knurled adjustment nuts on pickup, 1 octagonalknob on treble side, strings anchor thru body, 5 decorative chrome plates,bolt-on neck with integral molded frets. Can have silver or gold platedhardware (plates).1937 Model B specs: Chicken-head Pointer knob on treble side, rounded knob on bass side.1938 Model B specs: two round knobs with arrows, frets outlined in white, sometimes have plastic control plates.1939 Model B specs: Knobs on same side.1940 Model B specs: Plates painted white or black, 7 and 8 string modelsavailable.1946 Model B specs: Magnet 1 1/4" wide, chrome tailpiece, phillipshead pickup adjustment screws, metal insert in neck, T-shaped aluminumlogo plate.1949 Model BD specs: Deluxe "BD" version with metal peghead cover,available until 1970.1950 Model B specs: "T" shaped logo plate gone.Model B discontinued 1955. Model BD discontinued 1970.1937 Rick model 59 lapsteel.Model 59 LapSteel.1937 Model 59 introduction specs: Body stamped from sheet metal,fixed height horseshoe pickup with 2 screws on each end, 1 knob, ivory orblack crinkle paint finish.1938 Model 59 specs: 1 black knob, 1 white knob on opposite sides.1939 Model 59 specs: shaded gray finish, much like the post-warModel NS. (Easy to confuse the two - easiest way to tell the pre-war gray sunburst Model 59and the post-war Model NS is the width of the pickup.)Model 59 discontinued 1943.1937 Rick NS Model 100 Silver Hawaiian.Pre-war Model NS Model 100 Silver Hawaiian LapSteel.Known as the Silver Hawaiian or Model 100 or Model NS (new stylein pre-WW2 literature). There was also a post-WW2 Model NS thathas different specs.1937 Pre-war Model NS (100) introduction specs: body stamped from sheet metal (brass or nickel), nickel plated body, horseshoe pickup, 1 knob,strings attach thru holes on top.1938 Pre-War Model NS (100) specs: two knobs on opposite sides.1939 Pre-war Model NS (100) specs: 1 black knob, 1 white knob, knobs on same side.1940 Pre-war Model NS (100) specs: 8 string model available.Model NS (100) Silver Hawaiian Discontinued 1943.1946 post-WW2 Rick Model NS or S lapsteel.Postwar Model NS or S LapSteel.1946 Model post-war NS or S introduction specs: body stamped from sheetmetal, height adjustable horseshoe pickup, 2 knobs, black fingerboard dots or open holes, decal logo, shaded gray finish (some crinkled), doubleneck available.1948 Model post-war NS or S specs: White dot fingerboard markers, smoothfinish.Post-war model NS or S discontinued by early 1950s.Model SD LapSteel (deluxe version of post-WW2 NS).1949 Model SD introduction specs: Body stamped from sheet metal,2 knobs, Lucite fingerboard, peghead cover, 2 tone tan/mahogany finish,6, 7, 8 strings available.Model SD discontinued 1953.1949 Rick Model G Deluxe Hawaiian.Model G (Deluxe Hawaiian) LapSteel (ornate version of pre-WW2 Silver Hawaiian).late 1940's Model G Deluxe Hawaiian introduction specs: stamped from sheet metal,chrome plated body, Lucite fingerboard back-painted gold, gold plated peghead cover, gold plated metal parts, 6 or 8 strings.Model G Deluxe Hawaiian discontinued 1957.Rick Academy lapsteel.Academy & Ace LapSteel.1946 Academy introduction specs: Bakelite body, horseshoe pickup,2 knobs, "Academy" on peghead or "Ace" on peghead, brown mahogany or maroon or blue or whitefinish.Academy discontinued 1948 and Ace introducedwith "Ace" on peghead.Ace discontinued 1953.1958 Trade show. The blond Rick 325 guitar at the lower left(serial number V81) is JOHN LENON's actual guitar (or whatwould soon be his actual guitar, John later repainted it black). Yes the trade show had his guitar, before John bought it. Oh the sins musicians do to their instruments...Rickenbacker Production Numbers, 1958-1966.These totals are from Rickenbacker factory invoices and publishedby Richard Smith in his Rickenbacker book (see my bibliographyweb page). Since some samplesdid not have invoices, so these instruments were not counted in the following numbers. Invoices for 1967 and the first two months of1968 are not available, as they could not be found. Hence this liststops at 1966. IMPORTANT NOTE: These production numbers are *not*accurate. They do give some idea of Rickenbacker's production duringthe 1960s, but these numbers are definately not accurate. Realproduction is greater than these numbers indicate.The following abbreviations are used. If there is no color designation,then the color produced was unknown.NS = new style body (rounded edges).OS = old style body (square edges)./12 = 12 string model.Rickenbacker Thin Hollowbody Guitar Production, 1958-1966Model195819591960196119621963196419651966Total320........4432528.1...252409633016402211153263264454330/12......12239241533549492492822494426243401....1...2345242944212.29128250360 OS1496602616.41208360 NS......796262365360/12 OS.....2529.36360/12 NS......3648011641680365 OS37907579443741970455365 NS......67127622816370 OS.4.3.....7370 NS........66370/12 NS........55375 OS197968.1.41375 NS......111674101Model195819591960196119621963196419651966TotalThe above production numbers are from R.Smith. The are NOT accurate, but do give some general ideaon the number of guitars made during this period.Contact the vintage guitar info guyBack to the TopBack to the Table of ContentsCopyright 1995-2002 all rights reserved. 2b1af7f3a8