Rickenbacker dating serial number

So, don't be blended by a shiny set of plated body cover plates.

All this information shall help me help you better. Phonojack facing player, "pat pend." on the tab, bridge molded onto guitar face, knobs, etc. I have noticed on the Rickenbacker website of 1930's catalogs that the Rickenbacher and Rickenbacker spellings are both used even on the oldest literature.

Is this just peculiar to the catalogs or do some of the prewar guitars also have the Rickenbacker spelling? I have a "wartime-era" Rick with the white celluloid panels.

Also they did use some old parts on early newer generation guitars.

Some of this, I suspect, at the personal request of pro-players too.

7 string models are built out of a 6 string body and neck, Thus the string spacing on 7 string models is narrower, which makes slants a little more difficult.

Rickenbacker has even used 6 string necks for some of their 8 string models, which are really "no-slanters" (IMNSHO) as the string spacing becomes very narrow.10 string models were built on special order only.

If one (volume), chances are the knob will be of an octagonal shape (first two years). Later and until August 10th 1937, the little tabs or "ears" on each side of the pick-up will bear a "PAT PEND.".

Starting 1940 (second genreation, see below) both controls on the treble side. From 08/10/'37 on a patent number replaces the "PAT PEND." stamping.(While I think that the new pick-up it's still a very decent sounding one, I agree, it's not the real deal. However, I don't think that it's the size of the magnet plates that really made the difference but the much smaller winding of the bobbin and the "screw-on" bridge.)Probably in order to reduce the risk of body breakage, Rickenbacker also quit the string-thru attach design and introduced a plated metal tail piece (much like on semi-acoustic Jazz-guitars or Dobro's).

There are patent numbers on both sides of the magnets but I would assume that these would not include the serial number.

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