The main visual difference between the two models was the covering material: the 1471 was covered in "black leatherette" with white piping towards the front edge, and the 1481 was "gray leatherette." The V/T knobs were different as well; the 1471 had white 'dome' ribbed knobs, same as the 'U' shaped guitars of the time, while the 1481 shared knobs with the amp-in-case amps and guitars; the black, ribbed cylindrical ones with the paper insert.