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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:08 am 
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I've searched a few of the threads without success for the answer to this one; does anyone know when the 24 fret neck was introduced? Was it at the same time as the switch from Toaster Pickups to High Gains, as well as the switch to the shorter triangle inlays on the 360 models and basses?


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction date of 24 fret neck
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 2:45 am 
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does anyone know when the 24 fret neck was introduced? Was it at the same time as the switch from Toaster Pickups to High Gains, as well as the switch to the shorter triangle inlays on the 360 models and basses?


I recall reading the transition from the 21 fret neck to the 24 fret neck started around 1969, the same year the Hi-gain pickup was introduced. Both the 21 fret and 24 fret models were manufactured into the early 1970's as the 21 to 24 transition on new models continued. The early 70's also was the time the triangular inlays went from "full width" on the fretboard to the "shorter" new style.


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction date of 24 fret neck
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Thanks for the info R&V!


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction date of 24 fret neck
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Everyday you leran something new. I thought the hi-gains were introduced in the Mid-seventies.


Some sources indicate the Hi-gain pickups were introduced in 1969 however that does not necessarily indicate all models were instantly issued with Hi-gains. Like many new features, such as the "shorter" triangular inlays and the change from 21 to 24 frets, the hi-gain pickups were added to models over a period of time.


Here's the guitar pickup selection from the 1973 Rickenbacker Price List:

P300-Medium gain, 1.7 V. P-P output. Fits 1960-present guitars.

P350-Very high gain, 3.4 V. P-P output. Fits all arched fingerboard guitars.

P480-Very high gain, 3.4 V. P-P output. Fits all flat fingerboard guitars.

P490-High gain, humbucking action, 2.3 V. P-P output. Fits only Model 490.

P495-High gain, 2.1 V. P-P output. Fits only model 490.



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 Post subject: Re: Introduction date of 24 fret neck
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I believe the first guitars to have Higains were 381's.


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