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Darren Lee


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California, USA
Post  Posted 7 Apr 2019 7:50 am    
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Just purchased this one and need a little help in ID'ng the year, etc. Thanks in advance!!



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Cloverdale, CA
Post  Posted 7 Apr 2019 8:31 am    
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Looks a lot like mine, which was originally sold by a music store in San Francisco in 1962. The serial number on the output jack is U472.

I love this guitar! It has an absolutely beautiful tone and is very easy to play.





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Darren Lee


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California, USA
Post  Posted 7 Apr 2019 8:49 am    
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Wow! looks like we have twins. It is easy to play and absolutely sounds amazing through my '67 dual showman. A website resource stated 1955,,, does this seem reasonable? Also, would it be possible this is a model 100 or perhaps an S-100 ?? I'm new to this stuff (steels)
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Michael Lee Allen


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Des Plaines Illinois just NW of ChIraq
Post  Posted 7 Apr 2019 8:57 am    
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James Honberger


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Pennsylvania, USA
Post  Posted 7 Apr 2019 12:17 pm    
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Very nice LSG! I like that red.
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Cloverdale, CA
Post  Posted 7 Apr 2019 12:54 pm    
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I've seen the silver-gray ones from that catalog. I'm not sure when they added red. There were also some later models without the horseshoe pickups that weren't as nice.
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Phil Donnison


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Manly Vale N.S.W., Australia
Post  Posted 7 Apr 2019 2:11 pm    
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Here's a link to a silver/grey one for sale which says it's a sixties model. The title includes s274 - probably the serial number. https://reverb.com/item/21153980-rickenbacker-lap-steel-1960s-s274
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Cloverdale, CA
Post  Posted 7 Apr 2019 7:09 pm    
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The name plate on the red ones is "Electro". The silver-gray name plate is "Rickenbacker". Also, the cases for our red guitars are brown instead of gray.


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William Rasch


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Vermont, USA
Post  Posted 8 Apr 2019 2:55 am    
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I own a 62 and love it. Very overlooked guitar. Everything Bob said. Yours dates to 1955
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Darren Lee


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Post  Posted 8 Apr 2019 6:29 am    
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Was secretly hoping I could validate the 1955 date, thanks for the information so far all. This is now my oldest instrument! Brown case is a handsome match for the trans red too. Any recommendations on strings? Also, the low E seems to sit just a hair under the rest of them,, it engages fine but seems as though it should be sitting about a half string height higher. Are saddles easily replaced?
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