There's a very nice example of a Rickenbacker 480 on eBay right now. Yes, this is the guitar that looks like a diminutive bass, for it was modelled after the Rickenbacker 4000 series. It's funny, but whenever I see one of these I can't get it out of my head that there's something wrong about it, despite the guitar's obvious coolness. It's just that in my mind I immediately associate that shape with the bass guitar.
Considering they were in production for 10 years (1973-1983), these guitars are relatively rare and this particular example is rarer than most in that it has black pickguard and Rickenbacker nameplate as opposed to white.
G L Wilson
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