Photographs of the 480 Series

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Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (Grey) » Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:26 pm

I'll jump start this thread with two of my photo's but i'd love to see some other people contribute as well.

Show us your 480 / 481 / 483's 8)
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (IHeartRics) » Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:48 pm

I need a new camera :oops: , but here you go:
480 AG and MG.jpg
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (jps) » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:02 am

That one on the right looks familiar!
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (IHeartRics) » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:26 am

jps wrote:That one on the right looks familiar!

RIO! :D I couldn't make MICRIO. But organize another one, and maybe you'll get to familiarize yourself with the one on the left! :lol:

BTW, here's what she looked like before my little (reversible) mods:
480 AG Before.jpg
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (Grey) » Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:27 am

That finish is incredibly dark, it looks identical to the origional catalogue photo. I might have to re-think my AutumGlo / Walnut comparison...

Oh, and both of the truss rod covers on yours look really strange to me. The maple one seems to have alot of writing underneath it where the 'Made in USA' would be. Any closesups? Are they reproductions?

Also, I think I have the only 480 in the world with a strap pin thats not angled on the horn... it kinda bugs me. :lol:

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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (IHeartRics) » Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:25 am

Spike- wrote:That finish is incredibly dark, it looks identical to the origional catalogue photo. I might have to re-think my AutumGlo / Walnut comparison...

Oh, and both of the truss rod covers on yours look really strange to me. The maple one seems to have alot of writing underneath it where the 'Made in USA' would be. Any closesups? Are they reproductions?

Also, I think I have the only 480 in the world with a strap pin thats not angled on the horn... it kinda bugs me. :lol:


The AG finish is also a kind of satin gloss. I've been toying with having it buffed out to a high gloss.

The early 480's had "MODEL 480" and "MADE IN USA" at the base of the TRC. On the MG I laser printed a clear label and applied it on the top of the TRC just below it. Printed on it is my name and "LIMITED EDITION" for fun and reference to my mods. :D
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (ajish4) » Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:14 pm

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (Grey) » Sat Jul 31, 2010 1:26 pm

IHeartRics wrote:The AG finish is also a kind of satin gloss. I've been toying with having it buffed out to a high gloss.

The early 480's had "MODEL 480" and "MADE IN USA" at the base of the TRC. On the MG I laser printed a clear label and applied it on the top of the TRC just below it. Printed on it is my name and "LIMITED EDITION" for fun and reference to my mods. :D


See, the way i've always had it figured is that on the 480, Autum Glo had the same burst color as Walnut, except that Autum was a matte / satin flat finish, with no gloss, and Walnut had the traditional lacquer finish.

Yours makes me think that I could have been wrong, and Walnut actaully referred to the dark color present on yours.

In your position, I probably would have performed the same mods because i'm not fond of the inverted-color TRC and pickguard, but you have one incredibly rare guitar. That dark finish + black plastics which were very rare.... well, I just hope you saved them. :lol:

I knew the earlier 480's had 'Model 480' on them below the Made in USA, but I don't like those because they're plexi. I like the raised lettering much more IMO.

The 480 belongs in Walnut / Autum. :wink:
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (IHeartRics) » Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:34 pm

Spike- wrote:See, the way i've always had it figured is that on the 480, Autum Glo had the same burst color as Walnut, except that Autum was a matte / satin flat finish, with no gloss, and Walnut had the traditional lacquer finish.

Yours makes me think that I could have been wrong, and Walnut actaully referred to the dark color present on yours.

In your position, I probably would have performed the same mods because i'm not fond of the inverted-color TRC and pickguard, but you have one incredibly rare guitar. That dark finish + black plastics which were very rare.... well, I just hope you saved them. :lol:

I knew the earlier 480's had 'Model 480' on them below the Made in USA, but I don't like those because they're plexi. I like the raised lettering much more IMO.

The 480 belongs in Walnut / Autum. :wink:


There appears to be variations in Walnut and Autumnglo over the years. I believe there is a thread somewhere here that addresses it.

I save all the parts and everything is reversible. If I mod any Ric, it stays in the vein of Ric. :wink:
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (electrofaro) » Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:54 pm

There's lack of Jetglo here :lol:

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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:38 am

There's a shortage of 481s here.

Does anyone else have a MG/BT 481?

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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (electrofaro) » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:53 am

jingle_jangle wrote:There's a shortage of 481s here.

There is, actually!

jingle_jangle wrote:Does anyone else have a MG/BT 481?

Looks... uhm... "special". A customised 481? The neck has white binding...
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:40 pm

Factory original, 100%.

481 necks, being bolt-ons, were built in batches and mated to the guitars after finishing and buffing. I'm not aware of any 481s with black-bound necks.

Black-bound Ricks usually have a very thin band of white glued to the inside of black binding; I suspect this was so that white binding cement could be used to glue the binding to the body, without it looking sloppy. All 3 of my MG/BT Ricks have this feature.

Note also the chrome "R" tailpiece, and chromed bridge, bridge cover, and Grover Rotomatics. All original, too.

Since the plastic humbucker covers were only made in chrome, it seems that RIC went with all-chrome hardware on this MG/BT model, too. The TRC, though, and the pickguard, are both black. The TRC bears the legend, "MODEL 481" hot-stamped along the bottom edge parallel to the nut, but it was molded in the same mold as other black TRCs (with a squared-off, non-slant-fret bottom edge), and the 7 degree slant was disc-sanded on the bottom edge to save tooling costs.

All of this indicates that a MG/BT 481 is a very, very rare bird, with possibly only a handful ever made.

Which is why I ask if anyone else has or has seen one.
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (electrofaro) » Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:27 pm

jingle_jangle wrote:Which is why I ask if anyone else has or has seen one.

You have 3 of these? Well, obvious few will have seen such an item, if you hoard them :lol:

Are there any other special 480-Series with RRForumites?
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (Grey) » Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:08 pm

I forget who this image belongs to, it's someone here, but he has the prototype un-slanted 481, and the 483 which was the 3 pickup version of the 480 only avilable by special order from Rickenbacker.

Also, that black pickguard on the 481 almost looks aftermarket, the 'horn' on the top left appears to be far too sharp, whereas all the factory ones i've seen are rounded, like the images here. I'm probably wrong though, just my observation.

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