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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-hole that is synonymous with Rickenbacker.

The carved maple top and back of the 381 create a deeper body while retaining the perennially futuristic body shape that’s never gone out of style, the mark of truly iconic design. Equipped with a 12-saddle bridge and innovative headstock sporting a phalanx of tuning keys, the 381/12V69 can be dialed in for truly inspired tones up and down the neck – upper fret playing is mandolin-like and a powerful electric presence elsewhere on the shark-tooth decked fretboard . Two Toaster pickups range from deep harp-like shimmer to breaking glass treble, always articulate and surprisingly aggressive when overdriven, lending a unique voice to a band mix or recording without elbowing out the sonic qualities of other guitars or instruments – Tom Petty, the Byrds, and the Beatles are testament to this dynamic and many new bands are pickup up on the Rickenbacker sound.


Brand Rickenbacker
Finish ColorMapleglo
Weight8.51 lbs
Body TypeSemi-Acoustic
Body WoodCharactered Maple
Neck WoodMaple
Neck Dimensions.890 1st - .920 12th
Fingerboard InlaysTriangle
Scale Length24 3/4''
Width at Nut1.63''
Pickups2 Vintage Single Coil Toaster Top
Controls2 Volume, 2 Tone, 1 Volume Boost, 3-Way Selector Switch
Bridge12 Saddle
Tailpiece"R" Trapeze
TunersDeluxe Vintage
Unique FeaturesStereo and Mono Output
CaseHardshell Case

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