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 Post subject: Re: 1980 620-12 Info.
 Post Posted: Mon May 09, 2016 10:57 am 
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I was the only employee that worked on the 490.

That's a 200 Series body with some kind of old neck.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 620-12 Info.
 Post Posted: Mon May 09, 2016 12:30 pm 
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I have a book, a gift from my wife, purchased from Amazon here in the UK and titled "Rickenbacker Electric 12 Strings", written by a Tony Bacon and published by "Backbeat Books"

http://www.halleonardbooks.com/product/ ... iteid=168&

On pages 46-47 (full spread) there is a picture of a Rickenbacker 12 string similar to the one you describe. It gives no model number but is a 330 shape, six in a line tuners, "f" style sound hole, 2 x toaster pickups, "R" tailpiece, and described as "one of a number of prototypes made in 1964".

Weird thing is that even though the tuners are six in a line, they are still set at alternate 90% which seems to indicate the octaves as "banjo" style tuners.

Sadly, I never seem to have much luck trying to upload images but I hope this information might help.

Cheers........Brian.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 620-12 Info.
 Post Posted: Mon May 09, 2016 4:31 pm 
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My neck could have been a mistake. It looks the most like a 490, but could have been intended for a 362, but wrong fret board inlays were added. So got put aside until it walked out one day. The fact that there is not a screw hole were a normal truss rod cover would be, means it was never sold.

It could be a home made neck, but everything about it screams factory or at least employee made.

The body I may strip it and see whats under it.


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This has probably been asked before. I did a search to try and find the answer but came up short.

What brand and gauge strings does Steve Vai use?

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