• Rickenbacker 450 Combo 1957 model with tulip style body
    Rickenbacker 450 Combo (1957)
  • Rickenbacker 450 Combo, later model with cresting wave style body
    Rickenbacker 450 Combo


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1957 to 1984

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. The rotary selector was soon changed to a conventional 3-way selector switch in late 1957. The body shape was changed to the cresting-wave style in 1958. An extra pickup became an option from 1962 to 1977. From 1966 onwards the 450 Combos had 4 controls.

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Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls
Pickup selector controls1 pickup selector switch, 3-way selector switch


Pickups brand and modelRickenbacker Single Coil Toaster Top pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 single coil pickups, 3 pickups


Finish colorsblack finish, natural finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25 inches scale-length


Body materialmaple body
Body stylecresting wave style
Pickguard materialmetal pickguard, white pickguard


Bridgefixed bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware


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


Neck jointneck through body
Neck materialmaple neck
Neck width1.69 inches wide at nut
Number of frets21 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

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1981$630newguitar-listList price
2018$3500good1967 Fireglow

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