Rickenbacker 381 Mapleglo 1969 image

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The Rickenbacker model (Model 381) was originally equipped with a single pickguard and two control knobs. Both dot or triangle inlays on the fingerboard. The model 381 was abandoned by the factory in the early sixties and then reintroduced with different features in the late sixties. It then had a double pickguard, two additional knobs, and a fifth mixer control. This guitar was the first Rickenbacker to have the new Hi-Gain pickups. These first appeared on a model 381 made in February 1969 and later became standard on production models. At first, the factory called the new Hi-Gain units the "381 type coils". The model 381 was dropped from production in 1974, but then reintroduced a second time in 1987 as a Vintage Reissue model 381V69. This is a vintage first generation 381 from 1968 and features a Mapleglo body.


Body: Semi-hollow maple

Neck: Maple neck with 1 5/8" wide nut and rosewood fretboard with triangle inlays.

Pickups/Hardware: Two hot 381 single coils, three-way pickup selector switch, independent tone and  volume controls (potentiometers date to 1966), and Kluson deluxe tuners

Cosmetic Condition: Very clean! Just some buckle rash on the back, a small blemish on the headstock face, and some neck wear from playing. What a beauty!

Modifications: None

Weight: 7lbs 15oz

Case: Original hardshell

Product Specs

Very Good
Made In:
United States

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Chicago Music Exchange
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Chicago, IL, United States


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Chicago, IL, United States
Joined: Oct 25, 2012

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