Back in the 1970's, I had a Rickenbacker 1996. It had a Fireglow finish, and I had it for about three years before I traded it at Leo's Music, in Oakland, California, for a nice Lake Placid Blue Fender Jazzmaster. I was young and foolish, then, and I had modified the 1996 with a "stop-bar" tailpiece, in place of the original Accent vibrato. The tailpiece was rather distinctive, with a stylish point in the middle, and it looked almost like it belonged on the instrument. Anyway, after all these years, I'm simply curious as to what happened to that guitar, and if anyone has it or has seen it, I also put a big, round, "mystical" Tibetan "double dorje" decal on the guitar's back. If this guitar rings a bell with anyone here, I'd love to hear about it's status.