1960 Rickenbacker 105 lap Steel
Denny's inspections report:
Matching CTS pots dated 20th week of 1960. All original electronics in Excellent condition.
Horse-shoe magnet pickup. Note that by the later 1950's the horsehoe magnet alloys were such that they would / will take and hold a stronger magnetic "charge" and re-"charge".
Red color became available by 1960, transitioning from the previous silver-gray, blonde, natural and faux-marbeled zenolite finishes of the 1950's. Models 100 thru 105 were basically the same instrument but numbered for finish and marketing purposes.
Plays and sounds marvelous.
Original Condition Issues:
Normal wear and tear scratches and minor dings; More than 99% original finish in fine conditon. Minor pits on the chrome electronics / pickup mounting plate. All other metal hardware is excellent.
1 non-original pickup height adjustment screw on knobs-side of pickup.
Hardshell case is original and in Excellent condition. Brown tolex with heavy vinyl faux alligator skin end caps. It has several stickers and stencil on it's exterior top and bottom. The case's handle is missing. A quite crude replacement handle is on it now, made from a wire armature strung between the handle mounting grommets and covered with black vinyl tape. The original handle was of they type common in that era; A contoured plastic bulk piece screwed to the underside of a strip of metal spanning the mounting grommets (see "handle reference" picture at bottom of this page). Functional and attractive handles can be easily made by similarly threading multiple runs of wire through the handle mounting grommets and either a piece of garden hose or carved wood as a handle armature, upon which a piece of automotive steering wheel cover can be threaded. More invovled work can also make replacement handles, or luggage repair shops can install generic or correct replacement handles.