RICKENBACKER 430

  • Rickenbacker 430 electric guitar

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1971 to 1982

The Rickenbacker 430 was a Rickenbacker entry level solid body electric introduced in 1971 and discontinued in 1982. It has a double cutaway body similar in shape to the later 230 models. While the 430 was a budget model, being a Rickenbacker it's a well-made instrument, but lacking some of the fancy features of the higher end models.
Rickenbacker advertised at least three different versions of the 430 in the 1970s but the guitars pictured in the first brochures were prototypes which the company never produced. The earliest example was one of Forrest White's projects and had a Fender style headstock with six tuners on one side. This one and the second one shown had single tone and volume controls. The actual production model Rickenbacker 430 guitar differed from these early prototypes . Although it had a similar body shape with a twenty-four fret bolt-on maple neck, almost everything else was different. There were two pickups, each with its own volume and tone control. All controls and the output jack were mounted on the pickguard. The mahogany body had a natural finish and the fingerboard had dot inlays.

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

Specifications (15)

Controls

Number of control knobs4 control knobs
Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls

Electronics

Pickups configuration2 single coil pickups

General

Finish colorsnatural finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings

Body

Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Pickguard materialblack pickguard

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

Neck

Neck jointbolt on neck
Number of frets24 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Prices (9)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
1981$375newguitar-listList price
2016$899.00worn
1975$200worn
1975$0excellent
1978$275newJay
2017€895good
2018$1009goodTomEbay; non-original case
1989600 NLG good
2018$1120goodWith Original Hard Case

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