Return of the kings.
There’s no denying that Rickenbacker are synonymous with the development of rock ‘n roll as we know it today.
Whether it’s the jangly twelve-string tones of the 360/12 or the mid-range thud of the 4003 bass, their instruments have been favoured by some of the most iconic names in rock – think The Beatles, Lemmy, The Byrds, Rick James, the list goes on.
Now, they’re celebrating that legacy by producing a limited run of 90th Anniversary 480XC and 4005XC models.
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Rickenbacker 90th Anniversary Models
These new models see Rickenbacker flip the norm with two quirky creations that seem to take design cues from one each other. The 480XC guitar – based on the Model 480, which was last produced by the brand in 1984 – resembles the unique contours of the 4003 bass with its long top horn and solid body construction.
It features an eye-catching flame top, checkerboard binding and a dark Macassar ebony fretboard, while a pair of bitey Toaster pickups offers all the jangle you could ever ask for. This one’s up for grabs in either Tobacco Glo or JetGlo finishes, and comes bundled in a vintage reissue case to boot.
For four-string enthusiasts, the Rickenbacker 4005XC looks to be an essential addition to your collection, taking inspiration from the 300 guitar Series with its hollow construction and striking aesthetics.
With a 30.5″ scale length, pair of vintage toaster pickups and smattering of controls, there’s plenty of tones on tap with the 4005XC, with stereo outputs letting you explore a broad array of sonic possibilities. Like its six-string brethren, this bass features checkerboard binding, and comes in a vintage-style reissue case for safe-keeping.
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Find out more about the new 90th Anniversary models via Rickenbacker’s website.