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1982 4003-S 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), pearloid dot fret markers, 20 frets, neck through body design, no binding, four pole neck pickup, four pole bridge pickup with chrome surround and cover, white two-piece pickguard, 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 red interior.

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 1982 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 xxxx 1982 August
VI 249x 1982 September
VJ xxxx 1982 October
VK 286x 1982 November
VL 304x 1982 December