Rickenbacker® Model 5002 (1958)
Rickenbacker created a sample solid body electric mandolin in 1957. Since there were no mandolin invoices for 1957 and there were no listings in the price sheets, this instrument was probably one of a kind. In 1958 they introduced a redesigned production model available in three different finishes: Natural Light, Natural Walnut, and combination Light and Dark. Fireglo was available after 1959. Although the factory made one for The Byrds in late 1965, the electric mandoline last appeared on the 1961 price sheets. There were factory invoices for nine individual Rickenbacker electric mandolins from 1958 through 1965. There were three models:
Model 5000 (4 strings), Model 5001 (5 strings), Model 5002 (8 strings).
(source: The Complete History Of Rickenbacker Guitars, Richard R Smith)
The model portrayed here is the very same that is mentioned in Smith´s book. The serial# is M101 (M=Mandolin). Note the spelling on the headstock logo, Rickenbacher Electro.
Model 5002 headstock and jackplate with serial # M101 (1958)
Model 5002 back
Model 5002 Mandolin
Courtesy of Crawford White
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