Retrofret Stock # 6132. Rickenbacker Hollow Body Electric Mandolin, c. 1939, made in Los Angeles, California, serial # C3305, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case. The Rickenbacker company in Los Angeles basically electrified every fretted thing they could in the 1930's; the mandolin is one of the more obscure models and are rarely encountered today. Production of this model was very limited, and the specs are often inconsistent. This one has a mix of features we have not seen before-a multi-bound flat top, arched maple back, single white volume knob and dark wood finished headstock. With the celebrated Rick horseshoe pickup, this mandolin has plenty of sound possibilities as well as being a very interesting historic piece.Overall length is 26 in. (66 cm.), 10 in. (25.4 cm.) width, and 2 in. (5.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 13 7/8 in. (352 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.). A lovely all-original example of this very rare early electric mandolin. Overall the instrument is quite well preserved; there is some playwear (mostly to the back of the neck, where the finish is worn through) and other small finish rubs; one ding to the headstock edge on the bass side. No alterations except for an added outside ground wire from the jack to the tailpiece and the bridge string slots have been deepened somewhat. The action rises somewhat above the 5th-7th fret area; the instrument is overall quite playable but could be made more so with a replacement saddle piece, if desired-we have elected to leave the original bridge on but it could be easily substituted without altering the instrument permanently. Includes the original hardshell case; the hinges are broken but it is functional for storage. Excellent - Condition.

Year Condition Color Case
1939 Excellent sunburst lacquer Original Hard


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