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.
|Body Wood||Charactered Maple|
|Neck Dimensions||.890 1st - .920 12th|
|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|
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