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1979 Ric 4003 features include: Cresting wave shaped headstock, Kluson riveted tuners with phillips head screws, black plastic bushings and shims under the tuner plates, raised logo on plastic truss rod cover (plexiglass on left handed models), dual truss rods with adjustment nuts at both ends, smaller triangle pearloid fret markers, neck through body design including skunk stripe, 20 frets, four pole neck pickup, four pole bridge pickup with chrome surround and cover, white two-piece pickguard, plastic binding, heptagonal shaped knobs with silver top and lettering, CTS potentiometers, yellow capacitors, plastic wiring in control cavity, ric-o-sound input jack plate, pots cavity marking, 3 way pickup toggle switch, chrome bridge assembly including mutes, black case with blue or black interior, warranty.

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 1979 Rickenbacker serial numbers are:

SA 38x 1979 January
SB 64x 1979 February
SC 147x 1979 March
SD 196x 1979 April
SE 261x 1979 May
SF xxxx 1979 June
SG 381x 1979 July
SH 443x 1979 August
SI xxxx 1979 September
SJ xxxx 1979 October
SK 504x 1979 November
SL xxxx 1979 December