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					Guitar and Bass
  Care & Maintenance Manual
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          ongratulations on your purchase! You are now the owner of a
          distinctive instrument renowned for quality craftsmanship, tradition,
          and the legendary Rickenbacker name.                                                                                                                   Exclusive Head Design Unique and
                                                                                                                                                                 easy tuning head shape on all 12
                                                                                                                                                                 string models.
In this comprehensive manual, you will find all of the information needed to                                          Dual Truss Rod Neck Design Most
fully enjoy and take care of your instrument.                                                                         Rickenbacker necks are built with
                                                                                                                      two truss rods for added strength
                                                                                                                      and adjustability.


                                                                          Pickups All guitars equipped with pickups
                                                                          manufactured by Rickenbacker.


           Bridge Assembly Rickenbacker guitars
           come with a six-way adjustable bridge,
           with individual string saddles for in-
           creased adjustability. Basses are
           equipped with the professional adjust-                                                                                                         Nameplate Truss rod adjustment
           able bridge/tailpiece assembly.                                                                                                                nuts located under the nameplate.




                                                                                                                                Pickguard Many Rickenbacker guitars
                                                                                                                                offer sturdy plastic pick guards. Many
Easy Stringing "R" Tailpiece The
                                                                                                                                models also have a two-level adjustable
famous Rickenbacker "R" tailpiece,
                                                                                                                                pickguard.
is built with a no-hole slot design for
easy restringing.


                                                                                                                                                 Balanced and Contoured Body
.                                                                                                                                                Superb design provides total playing
                                                                                                                                                 comfort, detailed with exclusive high
                                                                                               Exclusive Fifth Tone Control Some                 gloss finishes.
                                                                                               models come with a fifth tone control for
                                                                                               increased tone adjustment capabilities.
    Output Jacks Deluxe models come with
    the exclusive Rick-O-Sound jack for
    effects and multi-channel capabilities.

                                                    Tone and Volume Controls Most guitars
                                                    and basses are equipped with separate tone
                                                    and volume controls for each pickup and
                                                    have three position pickup selectors.
Volume and Tone Controls                When it is in the middle, all three     mum positions. Finally, adjust the      Reverse Controls                        With a simple upwards pull of the
                                        pickups are on. When it is up, both     fine tone selection knob on the                                                 treble tone control, the Vintage
                                        the bass and the middle pickup are      instrument until the tone which will    Some replica models have volume         Tone Selector will allow a player to
                                        on.                                     be used most frequently is reached,     or tone controls which operate in       move between both sounds at the
                                                                                and leave it in that position. After    reverse fashion or are located a        drop of a hat. Pressed in, one
                                        Rickenbacker basses with two            the small knob has been set, the        different relative position. In keep-   hears the familiar balanced tone of
                                        pickups have the same volume and        pickup selector may be moved            ing with 1950's specifications, the     the 4003, while pulled out to en-
                                        tone controls as the six and twelve     down for maximum treble or up for       Model 325C58, for example, fea-         gage the circuit, the classic 4001
                                        string guitars, as well as a three      maximum bass. The variable vol-         tures reverse-wired tone knobs so       tone is heard.
                                        position pickup selector.               ume and tone controls on either the     the tone is brightest when the
                                                                                amplifier or the instrument can now     knobs are turned completely coun-       String Height Adjustment
                                        Many Rickenbacker guitars come          be moved to the desired volume          terclockwise.
Most Rickenbacker six and twelve        with a fifth control knob providing     and tone settings.                                                              Most Rickenbacker guitars come
string guitars come with separate       extra tone adjustment capabilities.                                             Vintage Tone Selector on Model          equipped with a six-way bridge.
volume and tone control knobs for       Using this control to adjust the        To use the fifth knob as an equali-     4003 Basses                             Individual string saddles allow
the bass and treble pickups. In         volume of the bass pickup in rela-      zation control, first place both                                                extremely critical pitch and action
addition, each guitar has a three       tion to a pre-selected treble pickup    volume controls and the treble tone     Prior to 1984, Rickenbacker basses      adjustments. Four bridge height
position pickup selector which          lead volume setting, you can set it     control on the instrument at their      utilized a capacitor in the treble      adjustment screws are located at
allows instantaneous selection of       at the tone you will use more often.    maximum clockwise positions, and        pickup circuit to emphasize treble      each corner of the bridge assem-
the bass pickup, the treble pickup,     Or it can function as a bass/treble     move the pickup selector to the         tones coming from that pickup.          bly.
or a tonal blend using both pickups.    equalization control.                   center position. Move the bass tone     However, changes in tone prefer-
When the pickup selector is com-                                                control on the instrument to its        ence and a call for higher output
bined with the tone and volume          To use the fifth knob as a bass         maximum counter-clockwise posi-         led RIC to discontinue the use of
controls, three different sounds can    pickup volume equalizer, first place    tions, and set the volume and tone      this capacitor in favor of a more
be present and chosen simply by         both volume and both tone controls      controls on the amplifier to their      balanced sound. Nevertheless,
switching the pickup selector.          on the instrument at their maximum      desired positions. Now, with the        many users added this capacitor
                                        clockwise positions. Then, move         instrument's treble up full and the     back into the circuit, experimenting
When the volume and tone knobs          the pickup selector to the treble       bass at its minimum, the fine tone      with and sometimes preferring the
are turned all the way clockwise,       position and set the amplifier to the   selection knob can be used as a         sound of the older configuration,
they are in the wide open "on"          desired lead sound. Now, switch         tone equalizer, moving the instru-      despite the resulting drop in vol-
position. When the pickup selector      the pickup selector to the bass pick    ment through the entire tonal range     ume.
is down, the treble pickup (closest     up. The fifth tone knob can now be      without adjusting the amplifier.
to the bridge) is in use. When the      adjusted in order to bring the
selector is up, the bass pickup is in                                                                                                                           To raise the height of the strings
                                        rhythm sound to a volume compati-       When using a Rickenbacker guitar
use. The middle selector position is                                                                                                                            from the surface of the neck, raise
                                        ble with the already selected lead      with the Rick-O-Sound effect, much
a blend of both pickups. When                                                                                                                                   the bridge by turning each of the
                                        sound volume.                           of the tonal variation produced by
using only one pick up, only that                                                                                                                               four adjusting screws clockwise
                                                                                playing through R.O.S. can be
pickup's tone and volume controls                                                                                                                               using the adjusting key supplied
                                        To use the fifth knob in a set posi-    better controlled through two differ-
will have an effect.                                                                                                                                            with the instrument. Lower the
                                        tion, first place both volume con-      ent amplifiers or through two chan-
                                                                                                                                                                playing action by turning the adjust-
                                        trols and both tone controls on the     nels of one amplifier. However,
On Rickenbacker models which                                                                                                                                    ing screws counterclockwise.
                                        instrument at their maximum clock-      when using Rick-O-Sound, the fine
have three pickups, the bass            wise positions, and move the            tone selection knob now becomes
pickup and the middle pickup are                                                                                                                                Some replica instruments with
                                        pickup selector to the center posi-     a balance between the two amplifi-
wired together, and the instrument                                                                                                                              vibrato assemblies feature bridges
                                        tion. Now adjust the amplifier, by      ers or channels, and can be ad-
is then controlled just as if it had                                                                                                                            that have individual rollers support-
                                        setting the gain controls at the        justed to provide the desired blend     Modern 4003 Series basses now
only two pickups. When the selec-                                                                                                                               ing each string. Just like the original
                                        desired volume and the bass and         of treble and bass.                     allow this capacitor to be easily
tor is down, the treble pickup is on.                                                                                                                           instruments, it is possible for these
                                        the treble controls at their maxi-                                              added or removed from the circuit.
to become loose, vibrate, and            ment screws clockwise to raise the                                                closer to the tail of the instrument      AccentTM Vibrato
provide undesired string noise.          string, or counterclockwise to lower                                              while round wound strings favor a
                                         the string.                                                                       position toward the neck. Carefully       This vintage replica vibrato assem-
Pliers may be used to squeeze the                                                                                          re-tighten the baseplate before           bly does not have the adjustability
saddle from either side to stop          Some models may be equipped                                                       restringing.                              and precision of modern vibrato
roller rattle. It is not generally       with saddles which have threaded                                                                                            assemblies but does eliminate
necessary for the roller to spin         rollers to allow for string centering.                                            Hi TekTM Vibrato                          entirely the friction of springs and
freely as the string will easily slide   Lift the string and turn the roller to                                                                                      bearings. The only adjustment is
across the brass surface during          move it to either side as appropri-                                               Intonation and individual string          that for handle position which may
tuning or vibrato use.                   ate.                                                                              height adjustment is accomplished         be loosened with a screwdriver and
                                                                                                                           in the same fashion as the 650            retightened after positioning the
                                                                                  First, check the pitch of each string.
Rickenbacker basses come                                                                                                   Series fixed bridge assembly.
                                                                                  If the string pitch sounds flat when
equipped with bridge assemblies                                                                                            Simply use the hex key to raise or
                                                                                  played at the 12th fret as compared
that have just two hex height ad-                                                                                          lower the saddle and use a small
                                                                                  to the open harmonic at the fret,
justment screws, located at either                                                                                         screwdriver to move the entire
                                                                                  turn the length adjustment screw
side of the bridge assembly. To                                                                                            saddle forward or back to correct
                                                                                  counterclockwise to shorten the
raise the strings, turn each of the                                                                                        for pitch as described above.
                                                                                  string. If the string sounds sharp to
height adjustment screws clock-
                                                                                  the harmonic, turn the screw clock-
wise. To lower the action, turn the
                                                                                  wise to lengthen the string.
screws counterclockwise.
                                                                                  It is vital that the neck is dead                                                  handle to the desired location.
                                         String Length and Pitch Adjust-          straight before making intonation
                                         ment                                     adjustments as the location of the                                                 KauffmanTM Vibrato
                                                                                  bridge components was chosen on
                                         Each string saddle on Ricken-            the basis of a well adjusted instru-                                               In keeping with 1950's specifica-
                                         backer guitar and bass bridges may       ment.                                                                              tions, this is a sideways vibrato,
                                         be adjusted for perfect pitch or                                                                                            unlike most vibrato units which
                                         intonation. Each saddle is set at the    Additionally, the bridge baseplate       The height of the handle is a direct      operate in an up-and-down motion.
                                         factory for the gauge of Ricken-         on most 300 and 600 series guitars       function of string tension and can        It can be neutralized by either
                                         backer strings that come with the        is adjustable for coarse intonation      be adjusted by removing the cover         removing the bar or gently turning
                                         instrument. If the pitch should          to allow use of a wider range of         on the back of the guitar to access       the tip of the bar towards the pick-
Certain models, such as those in
the 650 and 4004 Series, are             become slightly sharp or flat, or you    strings. Loosen the baseplate and        the vibrato springs. Tightening the       guard and out of the playing field.
                                         desire a change from standard            move it to the position required.        retaining screw will cause the
equipped with a special bridge/
tailpiece assembly in which the          Rickenbacker string sizes, you can       Generally speaking, flat wound           handle to rise away from the body
                                         readjust the pitch by turning the        strings require the bridge to be         while loosening it will bring it closer
individual bridges are adjusted
separately for each string. Each         saddle adjustment screws on the                                                   to the instrument. It may be neces-
bridge piece is adjusted by two hex      back side of the bridge.                                                          sary to add or remove a spring
                                                                                                                           when changing to a string type of
screws, located on either side of
the string it supports.                  When making any pitch adjust-                                                     significantly different tension.
                                         ments, first loosen the string, then
                                         make an adjustment, and finally                                                   Note that all adjustments on this
To adjust one of these bridges, first
                                         bring the string back up to pitch. If                                             type of bridge are interactive, i.e.      This authentic replica shares the
loosen the locking screw, if present,
                                         another adjustment is necessary,                                                  one adjustment may affect another.        shortcomings of the original design.
so that an adjustment can be
                                         repeat the process until the intona-                                              Make sure to fully retune the instru-     Specifically it may not always
made. Then, using the metric
                                         tion is correct. This method protects                                             ment each time an adjustment is           perfectly return to pitch and may
wrench supplied with the instru-
                                         the strings from damage.                                                          made before making another one to         produce some noise of its own
ment, turn each of the two adjust-
                                                                                                                           minimize this effect.
during use.                            grooves to allow room to remove       position. Do not rely on the rod                                                not equipped with hex socket
                                       the nameplate from the head of the    itself to provide the bowing force.     Additionally, all Rickenbacker          polepieces. These are set at the
Neck Adjustment                        instrument. After replacing strings   This advice actually applies to all     standard “Hi-Gain” pickups cur-         factory, and any attempt to adjust
                                       to the grooves of the nut, retune     guitar truss rod systems. Adjust-       rently have individually adjustable     them can cause permanent dam-
Most Rickenbacker guitars and          the instrument to assure normal       ments other than these can seri-        polepieces. Using the 3/32” hex         age to the pickup.
basses are reinforced with twin        tension on the neck.                  ously damage your instrument.           wrench included with your instru-
truss rods. This exclusive design                                                                                    ment, gently turn the individual        Rick-O-Sound
gives greater strength and stability   Repeat the sighting step to confirm   Do not use a socket drive or T-         polepiece to raise or lower it. This
to the neck of the guitar. The truss   the amount of bow or under bow in     handle wrench as damage may             allows the player to fine-tune the      Many Rickenbacker instruments
rods are separately adjustable,        the neck. Using 1/4 inch nut driver   occur. Nut driver tools generally       balance between strings, should         come equipped with two output
allowing either side of the neck to    wrench, such as the NW1 neck          will slip in your hand prior to truss   there be any inconsistency.             jacks. The jack labeled “Standard”
be readjusted independently of the     adjustment tool, turn only a half a   rod damage, while these tools can                                               uses a typical ¼ instrument cable
other, should it become necessary.     turn at a time. Turn the nut clock-   easily permit excessive force to be                                             for normal mono use. The other
                                       wise to correct an under bow,         applied.                                                                        jack is a Rick-O-Sound effects
Three indications that the neck        counterclockwise to straighten an                                                                                     output. This feature allows for
may require adjustment are: 1) the     over bow. Continue this until the     Pickup Adjustment                                                               separate output of the bass and
strings begin to buzz against the      desired angle of the neck is ob-                                                                                      treble position pickups, in conjunc-
frets; 2) the action of the strings    tained.                               In order to achieve more volume by                                              tion with a quality stereo Y-cable. It
seems too high; or 3) the truss                                              placing the pickup closer to the                                                is also designed for use with a
rods rattle.                           A slight under bow (relief) is com-   strings, guitar and bass pickups                                                stereo equipped amplifier.
                                       mon on non-Rickenbacker instru-       are height adjustable. Both sides of
With the instrument in tune, sight     ments due to their limited range of   the pickup may be raised or low-                                                Rick-O-Sound can be used to
the neck for a bow or under-bow by     adjustment. Due to their extreme      ered to change overall volume.                                                  produce special effects and mul-
resting the body on a level table at   adjustability you may prefer to       Just one of the instrument pickups      Better balance adjustment is usu-       tichannel output when used with a
an approximate 45 degree angle         adjust a RIC neck almost dead         may be adjusted in order to change      ally achieved by lowering poles on      stereo amplifier, a dual channel
holding the top horn near the strap    straight depending on the playing     the relative output of the pickups,     strings that are too loud rather than   amplifier, or two separate amplifi-
bolt.                                  action preferred.                     or just one side of any pickup may      raising those that are too soft. The    ers. Additionally, Rick-O-Sound
                                                                             be adjusted for changing the vol-       entire pickup assembly may be           can produce many other
                                                                             ume of certain strings with respect     raised closer to the strings to
                                                                             to the others. To do this set the       increase overall volume after such
                                                                             pickup at an angle.                     adjustment.

                                                                             All Rickenbacker pickups are            The bass pickup on the 4000
                                                                             adjusted by two screws, one on          series models is mounted on to the
                                                                             each side of the pickup. For the        top pick plate of the instrument.
                                                                             standard high gain and super high       These pickups have just one screw
                                                                             gain Rickenbacker pickups which         on each side, and are adjusted in       sounds with the use of external
                                                                             are mounted on a piece of flexible      the opposite manner. To lower the       effects devices. These effects may
                                                                             foam rubber, as on series 300 and       pickup, loosen the two side screws      be run through each amplifier or
                                       Finally, replace the nameplate and    600 guitars, only the middle screw      counterclockwise. To raise the          channel, producing many unique
                                       tune the instrument.                  of the three screws on each side of     pickup, tighten the screws clock-       tonal variations.
Do not hold by the neck or head,                                             the pickup is used for readjust-        wise.
as doing so will change the actual     On instruments produced before        ment. To lower the pickup, simply                                               It is important to understand that
position of the neck.                  September 1, 1984, first loosen the   tighten down each of the two            Do not attempt to adjust the pole       only one of the two jacks on the
                                       truss rod nuts, then move the neck    screws clockwise. To raise the          pieces (screw-like studs in the         guitar can be used at a time as
Should adjustment be necessary,        manually to the desired position      pickup, loosen both screws coun-        center of the pickup) on older          some rather complex switching is
take the strings out of the nut        and snug the rod up to hold that      terclockwise.                           Rickenbacker high gain pickups          done by the jack contacts. If you
wish to use a mono or standard          Y-cord, sometimes termed an             the intended pitch.                     SKU    Standard Factory Stringing     String Type                String Gauge
cable, plug it into the standard jack   “insert cable”, is recommended for
only.                                   use with ROS, but cables of poorer      Proper string winding helps the         95406 All Short Scale Guitars         Short Scale NikL           12-16-24W-32-42-54
                                        quality may result in a significant     instrument stay in tune and pro-
To use with a quality stereo Y-cord,    increase in noise or loss in treble     duce proper intonation. On the first    95403 Full Scale Six String Guitars   Round Wound NikL           10-13-17-26-36-46
insert the cable’s stereo plug into     tone. Low capacitance and a high        turn, wrap the string over the
the Rick-O-Sound output jack on         degree of shielding comprise the        exposed string tip. This method         95404 All Twelve String Guitars       Round Wound NikL           10-13-20-26-36-46
the instrument. Then, plug each of      most important characteristics of a     helps hold the string in place when
                                                                                                                                                                12 String Harmony        10-13-10-13-20-26
the cable’s standard mono cables        quality cord.                           it is brought up to pitch. For un-
into either 1) two separate amplifi-                                            wound strings, wrap them at least       95511 All Four String Bass Guitars    Round Wound NikL           45-55-75-105
ers, or 2) each channel of a dual       Strings and tuning                      five times around the machine
channel amplifier.                                                              head. For wound strings, three          95515 All Five String Bass Guitars    Round Wound NikL           45-55-75-105-115
                                        All Rickenbacker instruments come       times around should prevent string
Rick-O-Sound provides a choice          equipped with Rickenbacker              slippage.
between three different types of        strings. These strings are specially                                            95405 Mandolin                        Round Wound NikL           10-13-26-36
effects at one time. With the pickup    designed to bring out the best tonal    Some Rickenbacker guitars come
selector on the bass pickup, Rick-      properties, playability and overall     with no-hole slot tailpieces for easy                                                                    10-13-26-36
O-Sound puts out a lush and full        fidelity in all Rickenbacker instru-    stringing. Simply slip the string
bass sound. With the pickup selec-      ments. The strings come on new          bead into its proper slot and pull      stringers now feature “slot-through”            String Guide
tor in the middle position, a beauti-   Rickenbacker instruments with a         the string up to the key wind,          peg heads, wherein the channels
ful blend of highs and lows can be      factory specified gauge and ten-        keeping tension on the instrument.      for the “sideways” keywinds extend              The table above shows the gauges
achieved, much like a clean chorus      sion, designed to provide optimum       Then wind the string as discussed       through the back of the headstock.              of strings which come on all Rick-
effect. The tonal separation is         performance. Moreover, each             above.                                  This design makes it easier to                  enbacker guitars and basses when
improved when using two amplifi-        Rickenbacker instrument is specifi-                                             string and tune up 12 string mod-               purchased from the factory.
ers. With the pickup selector in the    cally adjusted for the type of string   12 String Tuning
treble position, Rick-O-Sound           provided. If a different gauge,                                                                                                 Before changing strings, consult
produces a bright and full ringing      tension or brand of string is de-       The most effective way to tune a                                                        the table to see what gauge string
lead tone.                              sired, it may be necessary to           twelve string guitar is to begin by                                                     each instrument was designed to
                                        readjust the instrument. To avoid       tuning the regular six strings as                                                       use and compare the gauges.
An example set-up might have a          readjustment of the instrument,         would be done on a six string                                                           Heavier strings than the original
soft, full jazz sound with plenty of    continue to use the RIC strings         guitar. After these are brought to                                                      factory sets may require adjust-
reverb at the bass setting in the       designed for use on your model.         pitch, proceed to tune the strings                                                      ment of the neck and re-grooving
amplifier or channel one. Or a loud,    Check the string guide in this          that play in unison (the high E and                                                     of the saddles and nut. Less ad-
distorted heavy rock sound at the       manual for specific information.        B set, or numbers 1 and 2.)                                                             justment may be needed if choos-
treble position in the amplifier or     Rickenbacker strings are made                                                                                                   ing a lighter than standard set.
channel two. A big pop rock stereo      specifically for your instrument.       Now proceed to tune the remaining
chorus type sound could come                                                    strings, which play at an octave                                                        Any quality string set may be
from a combination of the two in        String Replacement                      from their regular string partner.                                                      utilized on a Rickenbacker guitar or
the middle position using both                                                  The strings which play in unison        els, as well as improving tone due              bass within a reasonable gauge
amplifiers or channels.                 When installing strings, the first      are of the same gauge, while the        to decreased head weight.                       range as suggested by the chart
                                        string should be loosened and           strings that play at the octave are a                                                   above. Perhaps the most important
The Rick-O-Sound may also be            removed, and the new one in-            lighter gauge than the other string     Note that on some models the                    characteristic of a quality string is
used with a standard stereo cable       stalled and brought to pitch before     of their pair. Sometimes it is neces-   strings touch the nameplate which               uniformity of diameter throughout
to connect directly with amplifiers     proceeding to the next string.          sary to go back and repeat this         has no adverse effect.                          its length. The varying diameter of
equipped with a stereo input.           Replacing strings in this manner        process again for perfect tuning.                                                       cheap or non-uniform strings
                                        keeps the adjustments in place.                                                                                                 makes it impossible to adjust for
A standard, quality shielded stereo     Avoid stretching the string beyond      Many newer Rickenbacker 12-                                                             acceptable intonation. So-called
hand-made strings often have             important than temperature, so if a     on its original silky smooth feel.        number will be refused and re-          Rickenbacker parts, or their exact
highly imperfect diameter.               compromise must be made during                                                    turned to sender unopened.              equivalents are used. The use of
                                         storage, look for the most stable       Before setting the instrument aside                                               any parts, including strings, failing
General Guitar Care                      environment within the optimum          to dry, use a clean, lint free cloth to   This will expedite the repair of your   to meet original specifications may
                                         humidity level.                         wipe down any excess oil or grit.         guitar and allow us to work on your     void the warranty.
Rickenbacker instruments are                                                     Allow 8 – 12 hours for proper             guitar as soon as it arrives. Also be
exquisitely detailed with exclusive      Do not expose your instrument           drying.                                   sure to enclose a complete de-          Shipping
high gloss finishes. With proper         during use or storage to environ-                                                 scription of the damage if addi-
care, these finishes can last the life   mental extremes such as heat,           This procedure can also be per-           tional information beyond that          First, consult the dealer where you
of the guitar. Following these           cold, moisture, dryness, harsh          formed using ultra fine, light or gray    contained in the RA number is           purchased your Rickenbacker.
directions will ensure proper care       direct sunlight, rain, etc. (These      colored sandpaper. A minimum              available. Be sure to insure the        Often the dealer will take responsi-
and protection.                          harmful conditions may cause            grade of 1200 should be used to           instrument for the full value, as you   bility for shipping your instrument.
                                         finish damage that is not covered       avoid damaging the surface of the         perceive it, when returning it to the
Clean all perspiration, fingerprints,    by warranty.)                           wood. It is also important to avoid       factory.                                Otherwise, contact our Customer
dust and grime stains, etc. with a                                               black sandpaper, as the residue is                                                Service Department for a Return
RIC polishing cloth after each use.      Do not loosen string tension when       likely to stain the instrument as the     Currently, Rickenbacker does not        Authorization Number and further
RIC cloths are specially treated,        storing or transporting your instru-    oil sets in.                              accept instruments outside of           instruction on returning your Rick-
and other cloths may damage the          ment. The neck and body are                                                       warranty for repair work.               enbacker to the factory for war-
finish.                                  designed to remain under tension        Use of steel wool is not recom-                                                   ranty work.
                                         at all times at full concert pitch.     mended as the ferrous residue             Parts
Polish using any non-abrasive pure                                               can cling to pickups. Particles of                                                Manual Updates
carnauba based auto wax if the           Do not let damp clothing with non-      this residue can also become              Rickenbacker maintains an exten-
finish becomes stained or dull.          colorfast dyes touch lighter guitars.   suspended in the finish and rust          sive inventory of genuine replace-      This manual may be revised at any
Inexpensive Turtle Wax ® T-123                                                   over time.                                ment parts. Our Customer Service        time and is also available online at
mixed 50/50 with water works             Do not place anti-moisture packets                                                Department is pleased to help you       www.rickenbacker.com/pdf/
better than most available specialty     or formulas with the instrument.        Warranty Repair                           select the proper part for your         manual.pdf in the most current
guitar polishes. Wipe in a circular      These items contain harmful                                                       model as well as provide current        revision.
motion at the speed which is slow        chemicals and could dry out the         Should any warranty repairs be            pricing information.
enough to see small water bubbles        guitar to a damaging degree.            necessary, we must have your
form but fast enough to remove the                                               warranty card on file or you must         You will need to know the correct
polish completely before drying.         Oil Finish Maintenance                  supply the original sales slip show-      model and serial number when            Rickenbacker® , the "R" Design, Triangular
                                                                                 ing the date of purchase, model,          ordering parts directly from the        Name Crescent Design, RIC, Hamburg,
Protect your purchase from various       Beyond routine cleaning, the best       and serial number.                        factory. On most models, the serial     Atlantis, Colorado, Dakota, Frisco, Sierra,
chemicals such as household              way to maintain a hand rubbed oil                                                 number is located on the output         Liverpool, Shasta, Comstock, Shiloh,
cleaners, especially chlorine. Many      finish (as seen on Rickenbacker         All warranty repairs must be per-         jack plate and includes the digits at   Cheyenne, Laramie, Jazz-bo, Laredo,
compounds found in rubber pad-           Models 650D, 650S, and some             formed by the factory. We do not          each end of the plate.                  Miami, Jetglo, Fireglo, Mapleglo, Autumnglo,
ding or packaging materials, plastic     older models), is with Tung oil and     authorize warranty repairs else-                                                  Toaster, Toaster-Top, Horseshoe, Astron,
bags, imported guitar stands, hand       a 3M Scotch-Brite™ Ultra Fine           where.                                    You may also buy parts from any         Kauffman and logotypes are among the
soaps, lotions, sanitizers, etc.,        Hand Pad (#7448.)                                                                 authorized Rickenbacker dealer.         trademarks and service marks in the United
cause the finish to melt, dissolve,                                              Before returning your purchase for                                                States and other countries of Rickenbacker
                                                                                                                                                                   International Corporation. This is not a
appear tacky, or color bleed.            Using small amounts of oil at a         warranty service within the United        In some limited cases, warranty
                                                                                                                                                                   comprehensive list of all trademarks and
                                         time, wipe down the instrument          States, please phone our Cus-             exchanges for defective small parts     service marks of RIC.
The ideal humidity level for Ricken-     until there is a relatively uniform     tomer Service Department at 714-          can be made after consulting with
backer guitar storage is about 35-       coating on the surface of the guitar.   545-5574 or communicate by e-             Customer Service.                       RIC reserves the right to discontinue
40% while ideal temperature is           Going with the wood grain, use the      mail to service@rickenbacker.com                                                  models, parts and accessories, and other
around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.            Scotch-Brite™ pad to lightly sand       to obtain a Return Authorization.         Note: Whenever you need re-             items or change specifications at any time
However, humidity is always more         the surface until it begins to take     Items shipped without an RA               placement parts, make sure that         without prior notice.
Rickenbacker International Corp.
3895 S. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA. 92707

Tel: 714-545-5574
Fax: 714-754-0135

www.rickenbacker.com
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