Rickenbacker Model 450 Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Rickenbacker  Model 450 Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1965)

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Rickenbacker Model 450 Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Los Angeles, serial # ED-689, Fireglo red sunburst finish, maple body and neck, paduak fingerboard, original hard shell case.

This beautiful Model 450 is a splendid example of the Rickenbacker company's 1960s period solid-bodies, made in April 1965 -- soon after the Beatle connection catapulted the firm into the popular legend.

The 450 was the standard model in the "cresting wave" solid-body series, with two "toaster top" pickups mounted through the white pickguard, plain dot fingerboard inlay, and the basic 4-knob, 1 switch circuitry. The "Fireglo" red sunburst on this guitar is very nicely blended and it is a very attractive instrument.

While not as iconic to the "British invasion" era as the company's semi-hollow 330-375 models, the solid-body 450 is a great-sounding and super sharp-looking guitar, with an utterly distinctive character.
 
Overall length is 37 in. (94 cm.), 12 11/16 in. (32.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

The most splendid example we have ever had, with no repairs or alterations, and appearing little used since 1965 with only some very light wear. There are a few tiny dings to the fingerboard, headstock, and body edges, and that's about it. The Fireglo finish is still bright and unfaded, and the guitar is original down to the last screw.

The original frets show almost no wear, and the neck angle is excellent. Plays and sounds exactly as it should; a truly stellar classic mid-'60s Rick. Includes the original silver case in very solid condition with some wear to the leather ends. Excellent Condition.