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1982 4001-S features include: Cresting wave shaped headstock, tuners, raised logo on plastic truss rod cover (plexiglass on left handed models), pearloid dot fret markers, glued in neck, 20 frets, no binding, four pole neck pickup, four pole bridge pickup including cover and chrome surround, white pickguard, black heptagonal shaped knobs, 3 way pickup toggle switch, chrome bridge assembly including mutes, mono input jack plate, pots cavity markings, plastic wiring, black case.

The letters on the chrome input jack plate determine the year and month of production. The digits indicate the number of production. Some examples of 1983 Rickenbacker serial numbers are:

VA xxxx 1982 January
VB 33x 1982 February
VC xxxx 1982 March
VD 106x 1982 April
VE xxxx 1982 May
VF xxxx 1982 June
VG xxxx 1982 July
VH 221x 1982 August
VI 249x 1982 September
VJ xxxx 1982 October
VK 293x 1982 November
VL 304x 1982 December