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Joe Piette


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Post  Posted 9 Jul 2019 11:59 am    
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I'm looking to sell this and would like to know what year it was built but there is no serial number. Can anyone help with this?

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David Matzenik


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Post  Posted 9 Jul 2019 1:47 pm    
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Looks to be post 1950 Model B. You can go to this site and scroll to the bottom of the Rickenbacker page:

http://guitarhq.com
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Bill Groner


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Post  Posted 9 Jul 2019 1:49 pm    
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Hey that's as old as me!
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Joe Piette


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Post  Posted 10 Jul 2019 9:54 am    
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Thanks for the link David, very helpful.
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Michael Deering


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Post  Posted 10 Jul 2019 10:04 am    
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hmmmm...perhaps someone put a pre-war neck on a post war body?
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Michael Deering


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Post  Posted 10 Jul 2019 10:04 am    
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hmmmm...perhaps someone put a pre-war neck on a post war body?
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post  Posted 10 Jul 2019 11:57 am    
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Michael Deering wrote:
hmmmm...perhaps someone put a pre-war neck on a post war body?

My immediate thought was just that. And did they ever make 'em with black plates? No matter what, if in good working condition, there are few better sounding instruments than a Bakelite. They just don't make 'em like that anymore.
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Bill Creller


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Saginaw, Michigan, USA (deceased)
Post  Posted 11 Jul 2019 5:39 pm    
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The neck appears to be a 30s piece, but the body & pickup are post-war parts.... Maybe assembled from parts etc...
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Mark Helm


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Tennessee, USA
Post  Posted 11 Jul 2019 8:55 pm     Franken-rick
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Yeah... that's a pre-war neck on a post war body. That neck never appeared on a Rick with a 1.25" horseshoe + non-string thru design. And Rick never made factory black plates, though I've seen folks pain them all sorts of colors.

The earliest bakelite Ricks had chrome plates, then the painted them white (one story I heard was the players were complaining of glare from lights shining on the chrome plates).

Hope all this helps!
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Michael Brebes


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Post  Posted 12 Jul 2019 3:47 pm    
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That looks to me like a late post-war B6. The tailpiece was added in 1946. I think the plates were painted black after the fact, and it was a pretty amateur attempt at painting it black. During that time a lot of extra parts were being used up, which explains the older style logo plate instead of the "T" style.
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Erv Niehaus


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Post  Posted 13 Jul 2019 7:56 am    
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Some of the white plates were plastic during the war due to the steel shortage.
Erv
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