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Borrowing its body from the 480 but adding on some sweet deluxe features, the Rickenbacker 481 electric guitar boasts slanted frets meant to match the natural angle of your fingers as well as a pickup phase reversal switch and two humbuckers. The slanted frets were standard on some Rick instruments, like the 481, but were optional for others; they also proved useful in some ways while hindering in others.

Product Specs

  • 481
  • Azureglo
  • Burgundyglo
  • Fireglo
  • Jetglo
  • Mapleglo
  • White
  • 1975 - 1979
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Finish Features
  • Matching Headstock
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Number of Strings
  • 6 String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed

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Reviews for the Rickenbacker 481 Electric Guitar
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  • 481 Ric

    Verified Purchase

    I was glad to find one in nearly perfect condition. It has low action like a tele, and has a wonderful unique sound.