Rickenbacker Model 360, 360-12 and 365 Guitars
Description: Rickenbacker 360, 360-12 and 365 guitars
Available: 1958 to present.
Collectibility Rating: OS double bound body style: B, NS body style: C.
The Rickenbacker 360 is the classic hollowbody Rick model with "Shark Fin"
crushed pearl fingerboard inlays and two "Toaster" pickups.
The 360 and 360-12 had two pickups and no vibrato.
The 365 had two pickups with a vibrato.
- Available in 1958, the
body was "double bound" with binding around both the top and back of the body.
The double bound body was know as the "OS" or Old Style body.
Body thickness from 1958 to 1960 was about 2.5" thick.
- In 1960 the Stereo Rick-O-Sound became an option (but all Ricks seem to have it,
with two output jacks).
- In 1961 the body thickness
changed to 1.5" thick, a welcome change, making the guitar easier to play
and handle, and less prone to feedback.
- In 1963 the tailpiece on the non-vibrato Rick 360
become more elaborate with a "R".
- In June 1964 Rickenbacker change the
body shape to have a rounded front edge with no front binding (only the back had
binding). This is known as the "NS" or New Style body, and this body style is
less desirable. The OS ("old style") body was still available through the end of the
1960s, but only as a special order.
- Also the 1964 and later 360/365 guitar
used five black small knobs. This new knob configuration was used on both
the OS and NS body styles starting in 1964, replacing the
four older OS body gold "TV" knobs.
- In 1964 when the body style changed so did the pickguard material. The older Rickenbacker OS body
used a gold back-painted Acrylic pickguard material and truss rod cover. The 1964 Rick 360/365
(both NS and OS) used a solid white pickguard material and truss rod cover.
- The Rickenbacker 360 guitar was also available starting
in late 1964 as a 12 string (NS body), known as the Rick 360-12 model.
The OS body style was also available in 12 strings as a special order.
- In 1968 the 360-12 bridge changed to a roller bridge.
If you need to figure out the exact year of your Rickenbacker 360 or 365 guitar, use the serial number
from the serial/model number label.
This is located inside the body in one one of the rear control cavities.
See the Rickenbacker Serial Number Info web page
for help determining the exact year.
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