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1969 Ric 4005 characteristics: Cresting wave shaped headstock, Kluson riveted reverse tuners with slothead screws, plexiglass truss rod cover with logo but no model name, crushed pearloid full width triangle fret markers, 20 frets or optional fretless, glued in 5 piece neck with wide skunk stripe, hollow body with sound hole, checkered binding on body back, toaster shaped neck pickup, toaster shaped bridge pickup, white pickguard, clear plexiglass thumb rest, five heptagonal shaped knobs, CTS potentiometers, blue capacitors, cloth wiring, 3 way pickup toggle switch, four saddle bridge, chrome bridge cover, chrome tailpiece with R logo, mono input jack plate.

The letters on the chrome input jack determine the year and month of production. The digits indicate the number of production. Some examples of 1969 Rickenbacker serial numbers are:

IA x 1969 January
IB x 1969 February
IC x 1969 March
ID x 1969 April
IE x 1969 May
IF x 1969 June
IG x 1969 July
IH x 1969 August
II x 1969 September
IJ x 1969 October
IK 56x 1969 November
IL x 1969 December