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Please Help ID This Lap Steel

Postby (vintagetenor) » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:49 pm

I just purchased this c. 1960 (?) Rickenbacker lap steel, but I've had no success in determining the model and year. It came with an M-8 amp. Can anyone shed some light on this? I can send other photos. Thanks!
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Re: Please Help ID This Lap Steel

Postby (Ontario_RIC_fan) » Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:32 pm

The register is your friend! :D

It's a gray model 100 methinks...

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Re: Please Help ID This Lap Steel

Postby (Ontario_RIC_fan) » Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:33 pm

You get the year from the serial number on the jackplate where the guitar plugs in BTW....
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Re: Please Help ID This Lap Steel

Postby (vintagetenor) » Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:55 pm

Thanks. The serial number is stamped on the back, not the jack plate. It is U 8505 A.
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Re: Please Help ID This Lap Steel

Postby (vintagetenor) » Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:57 pm

Yes, Brian, the photos of the 100 match the one I have. Thanks very much!
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Re: Please Help ID This Lap Steel

Postby (Ontario_RIC_fan) » Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:04 am

vintagetenor wrote:Thanks. The serial number is stamped on the back, not the jack plate. It is U 8505 A.



The serial number system is not precise prior to 1961, but I think that serial number means your lap steel was made in 1958.

Someone here will hopefully chime in with a definitive answer...

So how does the vintage horseshoe pick up sound?

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Re: Please Help ID This Lap Steel

Postby (vintagetenor) » Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:24 pm

Hi Brian,

The p/u is pretty powerful and sounds great. The folks who sold me this lap steel with an M-8 amp believed that the two were sold as a set. I see now that they might have been offered for sale together, as a package, but they were also sold separately. Since I purchased them for resale, I just wanted to verify this before I sold them separately. Thanks! Mike
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Re: Please Help ID This Lap Steel

Postby (doctorwho) » Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:55 pm

A serial number on that model of that era doesn't contain any date of manufacture information. I used the date codes on the potentiometers of the 1959 Model 100 that I once owned to establish an approximate date of manufacture.
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Re: Please Help ID This Lap Steel

Postby (vintagetenor) » Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:08 pm

I see. Thanks for the tip! Mike
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Re: Please Help ID This Lap Steel

Postby (MikeZito) » Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:55 pm

I just purchased a lap steel that looks very similar to this, but I have noticed that both the S-100 and the SW look alike. Is there a way to tell the difference?
1937 Model 59 Lap Steel
c. 1960 S-100 Lap Steel
1971 420-JG
1983 310-JG
2008 620-FG (Modified)
1992 360/12-JG
2010 4003-JG
2013 360-FG
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Re: Please Help ID This Lap Steel

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Re: Please Help ID This Lap Steel

Postby (MikeZito) » Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:07 pm

OK - my lap steel arrived earlier this week, (LOVE it) and as near as I can tell it is an S-100 that probably dates around 1960; (I haven't pulled it apart to look at the pot codes).

From what I have been able to see, the major visual fact in distinguishing between the two is the headstock - the SW is mostly metal, and the S-100 is mostly wood.

Any corrections appreciated.
1937 Model 59 Lap Steel
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1971 420-JG
1983 310-JG
2008 620-FG (Modified)
1992 360/12-JG
2010 4003-JG
2013 360-FG
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