Photographs of the 480 Series

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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (Grey) » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:47 am

I think the pickups are too close together to discern any real difference other than increased overall output with the addidition of the middle pickup.

I question the usefulness of the middle pickup on most Rickenbacker guitars but that's a debate for a different thread.
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:24 pm

I have a 320 wired with only 2 volume pots, no resistors or caps. Selector switch selects neck, bridge, neck+bridge, goes to one volume pot.

Middle pickup goes directly to second volume pot. You can roll it in anywhere from completely off, to WFO. So this is essentially a separate circuit for the middle pickup.

That's it, and you wouldn't believe the tonal combinations and variations that I can get with only 2 knobs.

Conclusion: The middle pickup makes a substantial, easily discernable contribution to the sound of the guitar.
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (sloop_john_b) » Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:31 pm

jingle_jangle wrote:I have a 320 wired with only 2 volume pots, no resistors or caps. Selector switch selects neck, bridge, neck+bridge, goes to one volume pot.

Middle pickup goes directly to second volume pot. You can roll it in anywhere from completely off, to WFO. So this is essentially a separate circuit for the middle pickup.

That's it, and you wouldn't believe the tonal combinations and variations that I can get with only 2 knobs.

Conclusion: The middle pickup makes a substantial, easily discernable contribution to the sound of the guitar.


THAT is cool.
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (Grey) » Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:58 pm

jingle_jangle wrote:I have a 320 wired with only 2 volume pots, no resistors or caps. Selector switch selects neck, bridge, neck+bridge, goes to one volume pot.

Middle pickup goes directly to second volume pot. You can roll it in anywhere from completely off, to WFO. So this is essentially a separate circuit for the middle pickup.

That's it, and you wouldn't believe the tonal combinations and variations that I can get with only 2 knobs.

Conclusion: The middle pickup makes a substantial, easily discernable contribution to the sound of the guitar.


Oh, I wasen't saying that a middle pickup is useless, on the contrary, neck + middle is probably my favorite combination on a Strat. My quip was that I don't see much use in the way Rickenbacker wires them up at the factory.
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:25 pm

Yup, the way they're wired together, it will give a slightly thicker sound. Taking that one step further and splitting them makes all the difference. Agreed, then.
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (AlohaT) » Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:06 pm

Maybe you folks have seen this already but it is a first for me and I wondered when one of these would pop up on eBay... item number; 370723241422 Rickenbacker vintage 1974 model 483 Fireglo ultra rare near mint OHSC
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Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (8mileshigher) » Mon May 27, 2013 3:25 am

Not something that you see everyday .... here are two 480's at once :) .... Rich's 1973 model 480 that was refinished in Daphne Blue and Gary's 1974 Mapleglo model that is 100% original. This was cross posted in the Rickenbacker Confluences and Conferences forum, pic taken at our Mini Confluence today in Southern Calif.
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (cjj) » Mon May 27, 2013 10:18 am

Great picture! I've gotta get me one of those 480s some day...
I have NO idea what to do with those skinny stringed things... I'm just a bass player...
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (Grey) » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:00 pm

Back from the dead.

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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (jps) » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:01 pm

Grey wrote:Back from the dead.

The guitar or the thread? :lol:
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (Grey) » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:08 pm

jps wrote:The guitar or the thread? :lol:


Both. :wink:
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Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (8mileshigher) » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:11 pm

Erik,
when did you change the "R" tailpiece to the Trapeze ?
With that Orange amp and the 480, it looks like some serious, beefy tone can be cranked out !! 8)
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Re: Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (Grey) » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:18 pm

8mileshigher wrote:Erik,
when did you change the "R" tailpiece to the Trapeze ?
With that Orange amp and the 480, it looks like some serious, beefy tone can be cranked out !! 8)


It's got quite the nasty growl. The Hi-Gain pickups on this guitar are particularly hot, and that combined with the proximity of the bridge pickup to the strings + the cap bypassed makes for a mean sounding guitar.

I put the Trapeze on some time ago and haven't looked back, I love it. It's held in place with the strap pin so no holes were drilled in the conversion. I prefer the way it looks and re-stringing is faster.
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Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (8mileshigher) » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:17 pm

Grey wrote:
8mileshigher wrote:With that Orange amp and the 480, it looks like some serious, beefy tone can be cranked out !! 8)


It's got quite the nasty growl. The Hi-Gain pickups on this guitar are particularly hot, and that combined with the proximity of the bridge pickup to the strings + the cap bypassed makes for a mean sounding guitar.


Yep, my 480 also has the hottest pickups of all my Rickenbackers and the Bridge High Gain pickup is so close to the strings, that it's very powerful ! ! !

I just haven't tried mine through an Orange Amp yet ! :wink:
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Photographs of the 480 Series

Postby (8mileshigher) » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:00 pm

I just noticed on the three 480 models photos on this page, that my pickguard has 8 screws, Gary's pickguard has six screws and Erik's pickguard has seven screws. Vive le difference ....
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