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1960 RICKENBACKER 450 guitar w/OHSC rare OEM ''Ric-O-Sound'' box & stereo imputs

Estimated price for orientation: 2 950 $

Category: Electric Guitar

Brand: Rickenbacker Dexterity: Right-Handed
Model: 450 String Configuration: 6 String
Body Type: Neck Through Exact Year: 1960
Series: Vintage Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

WYSiWYG!  Up for auction is my personal 1960 RICKENBACKER 450 with its Original Hardshell Case (OHSC) and its period ''Ric-O-Sound'' stereo box.  It exhibits a combination of features found only in 1960:  A "Cresting Wave" solid body with neck-thru body construction; original chrome metal pickguard; original chrome bridge cover; a 6-saddle bridge for great intonation; separate tone & volume controls for each pickup; original "toaster pickups"; original single-line nickel Kluson tuners; and its original brushed aluminum name plate.  The serial number is "4C517A" placing it's manufacture between Sept 1959 and Oct 1960 (RICKENBACKER records are incomplete during this early period).  It comes with its original plush, red-lined, silver-gray hardshell case.  All latches work as they should and it closes securely.  Its "JetGlo" finish was recently refurbished by professional luthier "Davis" of Cowtown Guitars in Las Vegas and new frets replaced the olde ones on the original rosewood fretboard (it needed 'em).  The neck is straight and the sound is truly great vintage Rickenbacker.
I purchased this guitar in the summer of 1970 from Bolsa Pawn in Westminster, California.  The ''Ric-O-Sound'' stereo box was a mystery to me, but I soon learned it was an early attempt by Rickenbacker to produce a stereo effect:  The 1/4'' stereo plug splits the pickups - the neck pickup going to one channel, the bridge pickup going to another.  My extensive research of this application has yielded no other 450 of this vintage with this input arrangement.  This guitar could have been a prototypical example or just an early release (the Rickenbacker factory was in Santa Ana, California at the time - not far away).  Maybe someone out there can let us know.
If you are looking at this, you know how rare this instrument is.  My hands no longer fit this olde friend, so it's time to move it on to a new owner who will appreciate this vintage Ric.  The shipping weight is 25 lbs and will be shipped from Zip Code 93401.  It will be professionally insulated and packed in a thick, corrugated shipping box.  Available insurance will be added prior to shipping.  "Local pickup" is available and appreciated.