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As on the "Fry-pan" they all featured an electromagnetic "Horse-shoe-magnet"-pick-up, invented not by Mr. "Bakelite"), black in color (much like the old telephones), a concept for which the company immediately filed and received a patent. This was the first electric solid body instrument with this feature ever (a feature they seem to have forgotten to file a patent for...
Oooops).1 or 2 controls: If two, they're located on opposite plates, not both on the treble side plate.
The word is, that the company wanted to set itself apart from it's "German" roots of the name (funny however is, that ol' Adolph Rickenbacher and Beauchamp were both of Swiss background...). But most interestingly, on it's last models, the company returned to the much preferred "string thru the body attach" approach.
There does not appear to be any serial numbers on it.So, don't be blended by a shiny set of plated body cover plates.Look at the body first; check the edges, the frets and the orientation of the plug, then the pick-up size and style and any patent information.The guitar is solid black bakelite that sunbursts to a grey color in the center.It has six strings and the headstock has Rickenbacher Electro written on it(both are written horizontally).