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: Maple

Neck: Maple neck and rosewood fretboard with triangle inlays.

Pickups/Hardware: Two hot 381 single coils.

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!

Case: Original hardshell

Product Specs

Very good
Vintage (pre-1980), Semi-Hollow
Made In:
United States

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Chicago Music Exchange
Joined Reverb: Oct 25, 2012
Chicago, IL

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