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1982 Ric 4005 characteristics: Cresting wave shaped headstock, Kluson riveted tuners with Phillips head screws, black plastic bushings and black plastic tuner shims, plastic truss rod cover with logo and no model name, smaller triangle pearloid fret markers, 20 frets, glued in 5 piece neck with skunk stripe, hollow body with sound hole, binding on back, four pole neck pickup, four pole bridge pickup, white pickguard, five heptagonal shaped knobs, 3 way pickup toggle switch, additional ric-o-sound input jack, four saddle bridge, chrome bridge cover, chrome tailpiece with R logo.

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 x 1982 January
VB x 1982 February
VC x 1982 March
VD x 1982 April
VE x 1982 May
VF x 1982 June
VG x 1982 July
VH 22xx 1982 August
VI x 1982 September
VJ x 1982 October
VK x 1982 November
VL x 1982 December