Rickenbacker Combo 400 – U.S.A. – 1956


Electric Solid Body Double cutaway guitar


Maple neck with maple wings, neck-through construction

Rosewood fretboard

One single-coil pickup


Rickenbacker’s first solid-body guitars were released in 1954. However, it was the 1956 Combo 400 that set the design example for all the guitars the company would make in following years. The Combo 400 was a budget instrument for beginners and was the first Rickenbacker to be produced with a neck that merged into the body, the neck-through construction. One piece of wood was used for the heart of the body and the neck and the wings were glued separately on the body.
This expensive technique was standard for most Rickenbacker models.

Last updated on 12 May 2020
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