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1957 Rickenbacker 365 Capri Prototype in Autumnglo.  This guitar was one of the first of a handful of prototype full-scale Capri models made by Rickenbacker in 1957.  It has an extremely attractive flame-maple butcher-block style top with single gold pickguard, Combo-style pickup selector switch and tone selector switch, volume and tone knobs and a Kauffman vibrola. Unlike the full scale Capris that followed, it is distinguished by a Combo-style wiring and one-piece neck with no middle “walnut” stripe, an extra-long “crescent” soundhole, first introduced on this guitar, and a wooden cap on the neck heel that extends over the body binding.  The long soundhole was shortened later in 1958.  This guitar is identified as a 1957 model and depicted in a color photo on page 104 of “The Complete History of Rickenbacker Guitars” (1987) by Richard R. Smith.  This guitar is in near-mint original condition with its OHSC.

 
 


 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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