1956 RICKENBACKER COMBO 400 RESTORATION

It's a cliché, to be sure, but "ridden hard and put away wet" must certainly apply to this ancient workhorse of a solid body Rickenbacker. Still, after decades of regular use and abuse, dating back to 1956, when it first saw the light of day, it was still playable, with no structural issues, either. So our mandate was a "simple" cosmetic restoration. Inspect the photos closely, and read the captions for insight into how Electro String (Rickenbacker's manufacturing arm) built solid bodies back in the middle of the last century.