Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Early years of Rickenbacker Guitars prior to and including 1972

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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (Ivan3000) » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:53 am

I like the way the van ghents look with the blue.
Is this factory original?
Can I see pictures of the roundtop F series.
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (jdogric12) » Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:43 pm

Can't see pics.. can someone repost?
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (leftybass) » Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:40 pm

jwilli wrote:I've seen at least one more instrument with that non-soundhole. Mile Parks owns it. Transluscent Red 365. I think I remember another one too, in Azure-glo. Cool.


We played Mike's that day in NC. That one may be the earliest.....
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (collin) » Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:44 am

Anybody know where this one ended up if it sold?
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (RobertK) » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:44 pm

I really like the fact that it's been played, not displayed. What a guitar! :shock:

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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (chefothefuture) » Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:44 pm

libratune wrote:Looks like the same one discussed (with 2 photos) in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=400822&start=15

Are the checker-bound soundhole and headstock original?

Also, AFAIK, the Ac'cent VB was pretty much gone as a factory option by 1970 or so.


What ever the case may be, I think this has one up on your avatar! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (libratune) » Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:12 pm

Its back, same seller as before, same price, now advertised as having a "phantom" soundhole: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1972-Rickenback ... ?pt=Guitar

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381 BBR 72

Seller's story for posterity:

"This is an extremely Rare piece of Rickenbacker history. This is a one-of-a-kind 1972 Rickenbacker 381, in all original factory blue burst finish. I do not know of another like this in existence. It probably should be in a museum, but instead, I keep it under the bed.
This guitar was used by a Rickenbacker sales rep in the 70's as a showpiece to line up dealers for their line. This guitar was Purchased from the original owner who was a rep for the company at that time.
Besides the original blue burst finish, what makes this guitar exceptionally rare is the Phantom f-hole as seen in the pictures. I have never seen a guitar this color with the Phantom F hole. If there is another in existence, I would like to see it.
Again, this guitar is all original. It comes with the original case as well. A little belt rash on the back is all. No cracks or breaks..No stories!! It plays and sounds incredible! Set up, and ready to go."
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (jps) » Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:31 pm

Looks more like something PW would have come up with.
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (collin) » Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:18 pm

This one goes way back and is one of my all-time favorite Rickenbackers. Super cool..

Still too expensive though, what's the market for this? Even the more collectible 365OS model in Baby Blueburst (?) that is shown in Ron's avatar only brought $18.5K IIRC when Rumbleseat Music had it.
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (libratune) » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:53 pm

collin wrote:This one goes way back and is one of my all-time favorite Rickenbackers. Super cool..

Still too expensive though, what's the market for this? Even the more collectible 365OS model in Baby Blueburst (?) that is shown in Ron's avatar only brought $18.5K IIRC when Rumbleseat Music had it.


I believe the 365OS was called "Shaded Blue" and formerly belonged to Mitch Easter. You're right on the price.

On the 381 -- IMO there won't be any buyers at that price or anything close to it.
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (teeder) » Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:55 am

It's probably my eyes or the monitor, but it looks like the yellowing on the "f" hole binding doesn't match the yellowing on the rest of the guitar.
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (Ontario_RIC_fan) » Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:32 am

It's from March 72 (LC). They should do a run of these 381 guitars with these features - accent vibratos and bound headstocks. The c72 series.

I love the more pastel version of Blueburst as well - more satin then the run in 2005.
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (collin) » Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:08 pm

I'm more interested in knowing how they did the faux soundhole on this one. Was the binding inlaid into the wood? So strange, but I love it..

No reissue - I like knowing this oddball is one of a kind. 8)
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (manta) » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:54 pm

I'm with Collin, just how was the binding set to create a faux sound hole like that? Did they make a channel in the top?

Maybe John H. would have seen this being done.

Cool 381 fo' sho. 8) 8)
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Re: Nice 1972 381 blueburst

Postby (henry5) » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:26 pm

Came across these pictures recently that I'd saved:

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