Rare Rickenbacker Finishes

Rickenbacker guitars are hard to miss. Unique curves, electronics, hardware and other details all combine to form some of the most distinct instruments ever made.

And then, of course, there's color.

Since the late '50s, the most common and recognizable Rickenbacker finishes have been Mapleglo, Fireglo, and Jetglo which in generic terms are Natural, Red Sunburst, and Black respectively.

Here's what they look like gracing the iconic Rickenbacker 360:

classic Rickenbacker finishes

Moving through the '60s and into the '70s and '80s, Rickenbacker expanded its palette launching occasional new finishes from their California factory.

Here are just a few examples of those:

Burgundyglo, 1963 - 1984

Midnight Blue, 1985 - present

Turquoise, 1991 - 2003

Red, 1985 - 1999

Additionally, between 2000 and 2006, Rickenbacker issued a new limited edition finish each year. These were known as "Color of the Year" or COY finishes and were, in order, Sea Green, Desert Gold, Burgundy, Montezuma Brown, Blue Boy, Blue Burst, and Amber Fireglo.

Here are some standouts from the Color of the Year era:

For newer Rickenbacekers, a rarer finish like the "Color of the Year" editions easily enhance the desirability for Rickenbacker enthusiasts. Compared to a standard finish like Mapleglo, for example, a rare finish like Blue Burst might increase the value by 15% - 20% for guitars from similar years. No matter how rare, though, no unique finish can outweigh the desirability of an original Rickenbacker from the '60s.

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