RICKENBACKER 400 SERIES

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RICKENBACKER 400 COMBO

The 400 COMBO was made between 1956 and 1958

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RICKENBACKER 420

RICKENBACKER manufactured the 420 between 1965 and 1984

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RICKENBACKER 425

RICKENBACKER produced the 425 between 1958 and 1973

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RICKENBACKER 450 COMBO

RICKENBACKER produced the 450 COMBO between 1957 and 1984. The 1957 Combo 450 was the two toaster top pickup version of the Combo 400 and came in the same finish colors as the 400. Rickenbacker made several changes to the 450 over the years before finally discontinuing the model 1984. The 1957 Combo 450 had the tulip style body with neck-through-body construction. The two outer body wings were secured to the neck by two long bolts and glue. These first 450 Combos had metal pickguards, two controls and a rotary pickup selector near the lower horn.

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RICKENBACKER 450/12

RICKENBACKER made the 450/12 between 1964 and 1985. It was the 12 string version of the 450 model, and the first solid bodied 12 string produced by Rickenbacker. The 450/12 had a 25 inch scale length and two single coil pickups - Rickenbacker Toaster-Tops (or Hi-Gains from 1969 onwards).

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RICKENBACKER 460

Production of the 460 began in 1961 and ended in 1985. The 460 was a more deluxe version of the 450 - it had a bound neck and body and triangle fingerboard inlays. From 1962 this model was available with stereo-output - although some earlier 460 models also had it as a special option. The 460 was also available with an optional extra pickup.

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RICKENBACKER 480

RICKENBACKER made the 480 between 1973 and 1984

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RICKENBACKER 481

The 481 was made between 1973 and 1984

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RICKENBACKER 483

Production of the 483 began in 1973 and ended in 1984

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsFinish effectsMade inNumber of stringsScale lengthBinding
RICKENBACKER 400 COMBO
1956 to 1958
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RICKENBACKER 420
1965 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 425
1958 to 1973
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RICKENBACKER 450 COMBO
1957 to 1984
black finish, natural finishsunburst finishUSA6 strings25 inches scale-length-
RICKENBACKER 450/12
1964 to 1985
black finish, natural finish, red finishsunburst finishUSA12 strings25 inches scale-length-
RICKENBACKER 460
1961 to 1985
black finish, natural finish-USA6 strings-body binding, neck binding
RICKENBACKER 480
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 481
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 483
1973 to 1984
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ModelTone controlsVolume controlsPickup selector controlsControls materialNumber of control knobsEQ or mix controls
RICKENBACKER 400 COMBO
1956 to 1958
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RICKENBACKER 420
1965 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 425
1958 to 1973
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RICKENBACKER 450 COMBO
1957 to 1984
2 tone controls2 volume controls1 pickup selector switch, 3-way selector switch---
RICKENBACKER 450/12
1964 to 1985
2 tone controls2 volume controls3-way selector switchblack controls4 control knobs-
RICKENBACKER 460
1961 to 1985
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RICKENBACKER 480
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 481
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 483
1973 to 1984
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ModelPickups brand and modelPickups configurationInput and output jack type
RICKENBACKER 400 COMBO
1956 to 1958
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RICKENBACKER 420
1965 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 425
1958 to 1973
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RICKENBACKER 450 COMBO
1957 to 1984
Rickenbacker Single Coil Toaster Top pickup(s)2 single coil pickups, 3 pickups-
RICKENBACKER 450/12
1964 to 1985
Rickenbacker Hi-Gain pickup(s), Rickenbacker Single Coil Toaster Top pickup(s)2 single coil pickups-
RICKENBACKER 460
1961 to 1985
Rickenbacker chrome bar pickup(s)-mono output jack
RICKENBACKER 480
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 481
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 483
1973 to 1984
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ModelBody materialBody stylePickguard material
RICKENBACKER 400 COMBO
1956 to 1958
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RICKENBACKER 420
1965 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 425
1958 to 1973
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RICKENBACKER 450 COMBO
1957 to 1984
maple bodycresting wave stylemetal pickguard, white pickguard
RICKENBACKER 450/12
1964 to 1985
-cresting wave stylewhite pickguard
RICKENBACKER 460
1961 to 1985
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RICKENBACKER 480
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 481
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 483
1973 to 1984
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ModelBridgeHardware color
RICKENBACKER 400 COMBO
1956 to 1958
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RICKENBACKER 420
1965 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 425
1958 to 1973
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RICKENBACKER 450 COMBO
1957 to 1984
fixed bridgechrome hardware
RICKENBACKER 450/12
1964 to 1985
-chrome hardware
RICKENBACKER 460
1961 to 1985
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RICKENBACKER 480
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 481
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 483
1973 to 1984
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ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard materialFingerboard position markers
RICKENBACKER 400 COMBO
1956 to 1958
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RICKENBACKER 420
1965 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 425
1958 to 1973
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RICKENBACKER 450 COMBO
1957 to 1984
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
RICKENBACKER 450/12
1964 to 1985
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RICKENBACKER 460
1961 to 1985
pearl fingerboard inlay material-triangle fingerboard position markers
RICKENBACKER 480
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 481
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 483
1973 to 1984
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ModelNeck jointNeck materialNeck widthNumber of fretsTuner layout
RICKENBACKER 400 COMBO
1956 to 1958
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RICKENBACKER 420
1965 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 425
1958 to 1973
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RICKENBACKER 450 COMBO
1957 to 1984
neck through bodymaple neck1.69 inches wide at nut21 fretthree-each-side
RICKENBACKER 450/12
1964 to 1985
neck through body-1.625 inches wide at nut21 fretsix-per-side tuners
RICKENBACKER 460
1961 to 1985
----three-each-side
RICKENBACKER 480
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 481
1973 to 1984
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RICKENBACKER 483
1973 to 1984
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