Rickenbacker 90th Anniversary 480XC


The Rickenbacker 480XC, part of the 90th anniversary XC edition, reimagines the iconic 480 for the current era! The all-new 480XC includes “pearl” inlays in the style of the 1960s on a Macassar ebony fretboard, offering vintage appearance with modern playability. The “Cresting Wave” body has black checkerboard binding and matte black hardware, giving it a luxury appearance and feel.

Other features include mono output, a push/pull tone knob for more tone options, and a Rickenbacker case in the old design. The Rickenbacker 480XC is an immediate collector’s item and the ideal way to commemorate Rickenbacker’s 90th anniversary. Official Vintage Style Rickenbacker Deluxe Hardshell Case included.

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Rickenbacker 90th Anniversary 480XC

The Rickenbacker 90th Anniversary 480XC is the epitome of everything that makes a vintage Rickenbacker the definitive electric guitar. For starters, the Hot Toaster pickups on this axe produce a lot of tone. Whether you want Mike Campbell-style jangle, Townshend-worthy power chords, or Paul Weller-style discord, the 480XC delivers.

The 480XC’s solid maple body has a striking, eye-catching appearance while encouraging smooth playability and simple upper fret access. You’ll also like the smooth feel of the 10-inch-radius Macassar ebony fingerboard on this electric guitar, as well as the enhanced resonance and sustain of its neck-through construction.

The Rickenbacker 90th Anniversary 480XC comes standard with a slew of high-end amenities, such as eye-catching checkerboard binding, crushed pearl triangle fretboard inlays, a Bakelite nut, and battle-tested Schaller gear. The Rickenbacker 90th Anniversary 480XC is a must-have for Rickenbacker fans.

All-maple construction provides a bright foundation

Except for the fingerboard on the 90th Anniversary 480XC, everything is manufactured of high-quality maple. The richness of maple contributes to Rickenbacker’s characteristic sustain and top-end jangle and shimmer. Maple is also incredibly sturdy, which helps to keep the neck’s structural integrity.

Aside from being the ideal launch for accelerated riffage, the Macassar ebony fingerboard on this solidbody electric guitar offers more sustain and attack to every note you play. The 480XC has a luxurious appearance thanks to crushed pearl triangular inlays.

Hot Toaster: the return of Rickenbacker’s 12k pickup

Rickenbackers were available with what are now known as “12k Toaster” pickups in the 1980s and 1990s. Many guitar enthusiasts prefer these pickups for their distinct jangle and extra-warm midrange, especially when contrasted to lower-output variants.

The Hot Toaster single-coil pickups on the 480XC represent a return to this sought sound. These alnico-loaded puppies are wound hot at 12k — hotter even than the company’s Hi-gain variants. They still sound like Toasters — bright, clear, and forceful — but they’re a little louder and warmer.

We’ve put the 480XC through its paces here at Sweetwater. With equal ease, this solidbody electric guitar produces jangly pop textures, classic rock crunch, mod revival tones, and feedback-laden heavy rock. Rickenbacker’s 90th Anniversary 480XC combines nine decades of legendary Rick tones into a single, vibe-infused instrument.

Brimming with high-end appointments

The Rickenbacker 90th Anniversary 480XC is a first-rate electric solidbody. Its sturdy maple body has a typical Rickenbacker hue and a gleaming gloss finish. Checkerboard binding and eye-catching crushed pearl triangle fingerboard inlays give the 480XC a significant dose of vintage flair. A Schaller bridge and tuning equipment provide near-perfect dependability. A elegantly sculpted Bakelite nut is also included.

Rickenbacker 90th Anniversary 480XC Features:

  • Limited-edition solidbody electric guitar celebrates Rickenbacker’s 90th anniversary
  • Solid maple body yields classic Rickenbacker sustain and top-end jangle and shimmer
  • Hot Toaster pickups offer a bright, clear, aggressive sound with lots of output
  • Maple set neck has a good chunky feel for chording
  • Easy-playing 10-inch-radius Macassar ebony fingerboard
  • Gracefully molded Bakelite nut
  • Eye-snatching checkerboard binding and crushed pearl triangle fretboard inlays
  • Battle-tested Schaller hardware

Rickenbacker 90th Anniversary 480XC Specs

Model90th Anniversary 480XC
Made InUnited States
CategoriesSolid Body Electric Guitars
Body MaterialMaple
Body ShapeDouble Cutaway
Body TypeSolid Body
Color FamilyBlackBrownSunburst
Finish FeaturesMatching Headstock
Finish StyleGloss
Fretboard MaterialRosewood
Neck ConstructionBolt-On
Neck MaterialMaple
Number of Frets24
Number of Strings6-String
Offset BodyNo
Pickup ConfigurationSS
Right / Left HandedRight Handed


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