Rickenbacker vintage dating
There are patent numbers on both sides of the magnets but I would assume that these would not include the serial number.
The former owner claims the guitar was manufactured in 1946 but there are no obvious numbers on the instrument to confirm this.
A friend of mine just bought an old Rickenbacher off of an old gentleman last week and he is trying to find out what year it was built and what it is worth.
Starting 1940 (second genreation, see below) both controls on the treble side. From 08/10/'37 on a patent number replaces the "PAT PEND." stamping.(While I think that the new pick-up it's still a very decent sounding one, I agree, it's not the real deal. However, I don't think that it's the size of the magnet plates that really made the difference but the much smaller winding of the bobbin and the "screw-on" bridge.)Probably in order to reduce the risk of body breakage, Rickenbacker also quit the string-thru attach design and introduced a plated metal tail piece (much like on semi-acoustic Jazz-guitars or Dobro's).The ball ends of the strings are mounted in slots right in the bakelite at the rear end of the guitar.There does not appear to be any serial numbers on it.I am in the process of collecting digital photos of B and A series Rickenbacher lap steels and all information (catalog copies) possible. Remember that there were Rickenbachers built after the war with mixed parts like pre war bodies and name plates combined with after war pickups.If you can take pictures of your guitar(s) please e-mail them to me together with serial number info. I have played one of these and it really had the that people want in these bakelites. Everything about it says "pre-August 37," except that there are two control knobs on the right cover plate. ------------------ Herb's Steel Guitar Pages Texas Steel Guitar Association Great job JD.
So, don't be blended by a shiny set of plated body cover plates.