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 Post subject: Are these toasters original?
 Post Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:40 pm 

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I'm looking at a 2002 360/12 (s#02 30297; "modern body" w/ burgundy finish) with 2 toasters and "raised letter" truss rod cover. I've never seen a "late model" 360/12 with toasters (other than vintage re-issues and signature models), so I'm wondering if the toasters are original or replacement?

 Post subject: Re: Are these toasters original?
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:21 am 

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many owners replace the pickups to match the toaster look. The question should be: are they Rickenbacker pickups or copies?

since the "replace your pickups with mine because mine are better" craze started in the late 1980's, you don't even know what is original or not. Unless you find a 1-owner guitar whose owner has never replaced the pickups. Needle in a haystack.

Rickenbacker pickup copies are being made all over the planet. Hard to distinguish between them and the real factory ones, other than maybe by the sound.

having said that, some copies have rivetts instead of screws and nuts at the four corners. Those are a giveaway, unless...Rickenbacker is now rivetting them too.

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