• Rickenbacker 1000 electric guitar
    Rickenbacker 1000


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1957 to 1971

The Rickenbacker 1000 was one of a trio of short scale length (three quarter sized) student guitars introduced in 1957 (the others were the 900 and 950 models). The Rickenbacker 1000 had a single pickup and an 18 fret neck. These guitars had tulip shaped neck-through bodies - initially symmetrical but the lower cutaway soon was enlarged to allow better access to the upper frets. Finish options were brown, black, gray, natural and fireglo. Although the 1000 disappeared from price lists between 1962 and 1966 it was in continuous production until 1971.

Source: The History of Rickenbacker Guitars. Richard R Smith. Centerstream Publications, 1987

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Pickup selector controls2-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups configurationchrome bar pickup


Finish colorsblack finish, brown finish, gray finish, natural finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length21 inches scale-length


Body materialmaple body
Body styletulip style
Pickguard materialwhite pickguard


Bridgefixed bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware


Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Neck jointneck through body
Neck materialmaple neck
Neck width1.625 inches wide at nut
Number of frets18 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

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RICKENBACKER 1000 reviewed by Tommy Rayburn

Average: 4 (1 vote)
I have a 1964 Rickenbacker 1000-with matching Rickenbacker M8-E amplifier-that I’ve owned since the early 70’s. The previous owner purchased the guitar & amp new. First off, the guitar is beautiful..but it is also functional. I did replace the bridge with a Gibson styled one that allowed better intonation but didn’t interfere with the integrity of the instrument. I also didn’t need to modify the guitar in order to fit the bridge. The instrument sounds great, but doesn’t have a whole lot of tonal choices due to just the one toaster pickup. But it sounds great through my AC30 & plays like a dream. Plus, other guitarist who see the guitar have a fit over it. So, it’s a great piece of vintage design but it also serves as a great rhythm guitar. Love it!!!

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