• Rickenbacker 381 (1968)


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Dates of manufacture: 

1958 to 1963
1968 to 1974

The Rickenbacker 381 was made between 1958 and 1963 and from 1968 to 1974. Its body style is similar to the 330, but with a Gothic carved top and back providing extra depth.The model 381 is in fact a hollow body archtop guitar (available without pickups as the 380 model). The first production run of the 381 had single pickguards and 2 controls. Fingerboard inlays can be either  dots or triangles. There were also a number of variations on the 381, for example some had F-shaped soundholes and some had vibratos.

It is currently available as the flagship of the 300 Series in the form of the model 381V69.

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Bindingcheckered binding
Finish colorsbrown finish, natural finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Number of strings6 strings


Body materialmaple body
Body shape featurescarved top, double cutaway
Hollow bodysemi-hollow body
Pickguard materialsingle ply pickguard
Pickguard shapebi-level pickguard
Soundholewedge-shaped soundhole


Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
Tailpiecetrapeze tailpiece


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


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


Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets21 fret


Pickups configuration2 chrome bar pickups

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