RICKENBACKER 360

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Dates of manufacture: 

1958

The Rickenbacker 360 (introduced in 1958) has many features that became standard on Rickenbacker guitars. Models from 1958 to 1964 (the old style) had an offset double cutaway semi-hollow maple body, wedge-shaped soundhole, pickguard, through-body maple neck, 21-fret bound thick rosewood fingerboard with pearl triangle inlay, double truss rods, tune-o-matic bridge/R-style trapeze tailpiece. The pickups are 2 single coil units controlled by 2 volume/2 tone diamond controls, 3-position switch and wired for stereo. The finish options are Autumnglo, Black, Fireglo, Natural, or Two Tone Brown finishes.

In 1964 the 360 New Style was released and with an unbound rounded top, bound soundhole and checkered body binding, this new style model ran from 1964 to 1990. In the early 1960s, round control knobs and bi-level pickguards began replacing originals. In 1960, stereo output became optional. In 1963, a mixer control was added. In modern reissues of the 360, there is no body or  f-hole binding. Starting around 1969 some 360s were produced with slanted frets for 'a natural finger angle' but this feature was not popular with players and the design reverted to standard frets.

Specifications (22)

General

Bindingcheckered binding
Finish colorsblack finish, brown finish, natural finish
Number of strings6 strings

Body

Body materialmaple body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Hollow bodysemi-hollow body
Pickguard shapebi-level pickguard
Soundholeslash f-hole, wedge-shaped soundhole

Hardware

Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
TailpieceR-style tailpiece

Controls

Controls shaperound control
EQ or mix controlsmix control
Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls

Fretboard

Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markerstriangle fingerboard position markers

Neck

Neck jointneck through body
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets21 fret

Electronics

Pickups configuration2 single coil pickups

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