Rickenbacker 365 Capri Prototype

in Two-Tone Brown


This guitar was one of the first of a handful of prototype full-scale Capri models made by Rickenbacker in 1958. 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 depicted on page 100 of the book: “Rickenbacker Guitars: Out of the Frying Pan into the Fireglo” (2021) [hereinafter “Rickenbacker Book (2021)]. Several other Capri models shown on this website are depicted in the Rickenbacker Book. This guitar is in near-mint original condition with its OHSC.

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