The gorgeous German-carve design of Rickenbacker’s 381 series was the brainchild of Roger Rossmeisl whose father was a jazz guitarist and luthier in Germany. Roger came to Rickenbacker in 1954 and had a great influence on Rickenbacker design. He was also responsible for the “slash” f-holes that are synonymous with Rickenbacker.
The carved maple top and back of the 381 create a deeper body while retaining the perennially futuristic body shape that has never gone out of style, the mark of truly iconic design.
|Body Wood||Figured Maple|
|Scale Length||24 3/4”|
|Width at Nut||1.63”|
|Pickups||2 Vintage Single Coil Toaster Top|
|Controls||2 Volume, 2 Tone, 1 Volume Boost, 3-Way Selector Switch|
|Unique Features||Stereo and Mono Output|
Rickenbacker claims that the design of the 381 V69 goes back to 1957. This semi-hollow body guitar classic features a hand-carved arch top and back made of highly figured maple.
This instrument has a beautiful carved top and back, exemplifying the “Made in America” pride and quality of craftsmanship practiced at the Rickenbacker factory during the 90’s. These weren’t cheap guitars even when they first went on sale – the 381 is considered their flagship instrument and is still available today.
When you pick it up and play it you know you have something very special in your hands. Notable features of this model include a hand shaped 1960’s style three piece laminated slender neck, a 21 fret full inlaid rosewood fingerboard, two vintage Rickenbacker single coil pickups, a semi hollow carved body and Rickenbacker’s exclusive dual truss rod system. Also note the infinitely adjustable Rickenbacker bridge and unique checker board binding.
This model includes the two jack output “Rick-O-Sound” feature, so the instrument can be played stereo through two amps. When using this feature the signal from the two pickups is split so a stereo guitar cable is required. Playing a guitar in true stereo may be a bit unsual, but it certainly is pretty cool.
This instrument is pretty much in pristine condfition, with the exception of a ding in the binding on the rear of the lower cutaway. Possibly the result of a minor clash with something harder, or an airswing at an insolent punter at a seedy gig somewhere ….. And there’s some light buckle rash on the back – hard to see except in a certain angle of light. Apart from that, this guitar presents A1.
This 381 plays beautifully, with that unmistakeable Ricky chime that cannot be replicated by any other brand. Everything works as it should, there’s plenty of life in the frets, and it is just a joy to play.
Comes in Hiscox case in excellent condition.