View various web sites, visit guitar shops, or flick through the guitar magazines and you’ll notice the market place is loaded with guitars – Many are influenced by the classic guitars from the golden era – Many are the new breed of modern/virtuoso style with locking trems – Many are from a host of boutique builders – Many are simply cool with a distinctive odd ball design – You’ll also notice a host of similar copies that pour out of various far eastern factories – Yet a Rickenbacker Guitar is pretty much unique – Not just the shape and styling, but the feel, playability and above all that clear punchy jingly jangly tone – Almost to the point that the guitar world only has one contender as the most sought after electric 12 string to buy/own/play – Instantly recognizable both on screen and on the radio – From the moment you first heard the Byrds play Mr Tambourine Man and the Beatles played A hard day’s night, that Ricky tone has been part of pop history – The Who, Tom Petty, REM and many others have picked up the mantle and ran with it – So let me update you with various details regarding this used, 1995 Rickenbacker 330/12 with a mapleglo, natural finish
I have checked the condition and whilst I can’t award it with that ‘as new/mint condition’ tag – It is very clean – Granted a natural finish is pretty good at hiding any graze or nick – But you’ll have to look long and hard to find any hint of a scuff to the top surface of the gloss finish – Then you’ll have to be very fussy to take any issue with any slight blemish that you’ll find – Any hint of a graze you may find is minimal and skin deep at worse – Clean frets – The fact that it is now around 26 years old, plus so clean, tells you it has either been well cared for, or barely played -Overall, this is an exceptionally clean guitar that includes the deluxe Rickenbacker fibre case, appropriate polishing cloth + manual – Whole guitar weighs a very credible 8lbs and 2oz – Neck measures .899″ around the top nut end and .921″ around the 12th fret – C profile with only a slight ‘fatter’ taper as you move up the fingerboard/neck – Re-strung with a set of Elixir 10-46 gauge strings – Effectively the 330/12 has identical spec and features as per the classic 330, with the obvious inclusion of an extra 6 strings – Even the more expensive 360/12 string only differs with regard to a few cosmetic issues, plus the option of a stereo output, which few, if any, ever utilise – Hence maple body, maple neck, lacquered fingerboard, 10″ fingerboard radius, 24.75″ scale length, the R tailpiece, slotted headstock, dot inlays and of course a pair of Ricky single coil pick-ups – You might not buy a Ricky 12 string to be your main instrument, but if you want that distinctive voice you only have one option – Final point – With a Rickenbacker 12 string, if you wish to utilise it as a 6 string then easy enough to remove the octave strings – The whole set-up, top nut, neck width etc allows the 12 string model to feel/perform as per a 6 string, as required
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