Most copies will be manufactured with the maker's brand name on them, but some people take the truss rod covers off real Rickenbacker instruments and install them on the fakes.Some of the faker brand names have their name of the headstock rather that the truss rod cover.The first digit in the serial number stand for the number of pickups.
Rickenbacker International Corporation has used a number of various systems.Serial numbers and approximate date of manufacture Dating Rickenbackers from 1961 to 1986 Serial letters and numbers were stamped on the jackplate. The first letter gives the year (starting with A for 1961) and the second letter is the month of manufacture, A through L. Dating Rickenbacker models from 1987 to 1991 From 1987 to 1991 the dating is a little different. The first letter on jackplate is the month and the number is the year starting with 1987 represented by "0".Now we are looking for a letter and a number above the jack. For example a A0= a January, 1987 manufacture date and C2= March 1989 manufacture date.To the right and below, you will find some images that will hopefully help you to locate the complete serial number on your instrument.Please be aware that some instruments manufactured in the late '50s cannot be interpreted by this decoder.