Vintage Rickenbacker Solid-Bodied Guitars > CALIFORNIA: 1956 Combo 400 with Rare Kaufmann Vib-Ro-La

Rickenbacker Combo 400--Paint Silhouette Under Pick Guard
Paint Silhouette Under Pick Guard

The body with the pickguard removed reveals its original finish--Jetglo nitrocellulose--which was scraped and sanded off around the guard by a previous owner. The exposed maple was then sprayed with rattle can varnish.

The back of the guitar was left untouched. Probably intimidated by that thick horse hair blanket...

Look closely and you can see the shadow of the factory painter's thumb on the upper bout, and three of his four fingers on the lower!