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Rickenbacker advertisement (1965)

Rickenbacker The Beatle Backer

Rickenbacker 1996

After John Lennon (and George Harrison) popularised Rickenbacker guitars in the early to mid 1960s a number of models were launched specifically for the European market. They were distributed by the British company Rose-Morris
The 1996 was a modified version of the Rickenbacker 325, with additional f-holes
This is the famous Rickenbacker guitar model 1996 as used by ' Beatle' JOHN LENNON. For a long time now John and his Rickenbacker have been inseparable, so why don't you try one at your local music shop? You too may find that this is the guitar you just cannot put down
Remember?if this particular model doesn't suit you, there ore five other Rickenbockers including a fabulous 4-string bass and of course the famous 12-string

Rickenbacker advertisement (1965) Rickenbacker The Beatle Backer

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Rickenbacker 1996 - Todays Most Sensational Guitar Sound
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Early sixties British Rickenbacker advert - placed by UK distributor Rose Morris. It advertises three Rickenbacker export models: the 1995, 1996 and 1999 - equivalent to the US models 615, 325 and ...

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Rickenbacker 330 FG 6 String Electric Guitar - Red 1966

Rickenbacker 330 FG 6 String Electric Guitar - Red 1966

Colby, Kansas, 677**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A very sweet old Ricky that??s been well taken care of over the last almost 60 years. A mild ??C?? neck with light fretwear makes it a joy to play. Has that classic Ricky rhythm sound! Comes with a new Gator hard shell case. Comes with strap locks.... more
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1966 Rickenbacker 360 Mapleglo

1966 Rickenbacker 360 Mapleglo

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is an absolutely stunning and oh so clean 1965 Rickenbacker 360 in its original Mapleglo finish. Dual "toaster" pickups, nicely ambered original finish, crushed pearl fingerboard inlays, and checkerboard binding on the back of the body. Wonderful playing instrument with a slim and comfy neck. Original electronics with all pots dating to 1966. "365" is written in the control cavity but there is no evidence this guitar ever had a tremolo. Overall in excellent plus condition showing ... more
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Rickenbacker CW-8 Console Steel Guitar Natural Maple Vintage 1957 Jerry Byrd

Rickenbacker CW-8 Console Steel Guitar Natural Maple Vintage 1957 Jerry Byrd

Berkeley, California, 947**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


We are tickled to offer a Super Rare Rickenbacker CW-8 Console Steel Guitar finished in a beautiful figured Natural Maple made in 1957
Rickenbacker CW-8 console steel guitar, serial number 7143,   Rare model which 2 years later became the also seldom-sighted Rickenbacker Jerry Byrd 8-string console.
This one sounds amazing--it sings like only a horseshoe pickup can. Original case and legs--including original leg tips--in beautiful condition, particularly the mirror-like chrome on... more
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1959 Rickenbacker 4000 Bass 1 of 50 ever made its its original Maplglo finish.

1959 Rickenbacker 4000 Bass 1 of 50 ever made its its original Maplglo finish.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Rickenbacker guitars and bass guitars have a rich history that dates back to the 1940s, when the company was founded by Adolph Rickenbacker and George Beauchamp. At first, the company produced lap steel guitars and electric guitars with horseshoe magnet pickups, but it wasn??t until the 1950s that Rickenbacker began to make its mark on the music industry

In the early 1950s, Rickenbacker introduced the Combo series of guitars and basses. These were some of the first electric instruments ... more
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1967 Rickenbacker 360 / 12 Vintage Semi-Hollow 12 String Guitar Fireglo w /  Case

1967 Rickenbacker 360 / 12 Vintage Semi-Hollow 12 String Guitar Fireglo w / Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1967 Rickenbacker 360 / 12 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original silver tolex hardshell case. An early example of the "new style" 360 body with rounded edges on top and checkerboard binding framing the back, this vintage 12 string is 100% original save for one replaced potentiometer
The 360 / 12's X-braced semi-hollow construction delivers a natural warmth and breadth, balanced by the articulation and treble detail of maple as a ... more
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1966 Rickenbacker 365 OS Old Style Double Bound Fireglo w /  OHSC & Accent Vibrato

1966 Rickenbacker 365 OS Old Style Double Bound Fireglo w / OHSC & Accent Vibrato

Santa Monica, California, 904**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1966 Rickenbacker 365 OS Old Style Double Bound Fireglo Original w / OHSC

Extremely rare vintage Rickenbacker electric guitar!
Model - 365 OS (Old Style)
Year - April 1966
Only 62 of these were ever made in 1966
Fireglo finish
Double bound
Crushed pearl inlay
3-piece walnut & maple neck
2 ??toaster?? pickups
Dual input, standard and ??Rick-O-Sound??
Kluson deluxe tuners
Chrome capped volume and tone knobs
Ac??cent Vibrato ... more
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1959 Rickenbacker 360 Capri

1959 Rickenbacker 360 Capri

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1959Rickenbacker 360 Capri, Fire-glo finish, Two inches thick, Double bound body, Earlystove knobs, Shark Fin Pearl inlay, Double Gold guard, Amazing sounding toasterpickups, Hard to find with fixed tailpiece, Cool axe! VG+, Original hard case... more
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Vintage 1973 Rickenbacker Maple Glo 4001 bass guitar W /  Original Carrying Case

Vintage 1973 Rickenbacker Maple Glo 4001 bass guitar W / Original Carrying Case

Derwood, Maryland, 208**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1973 RICKENBACKER 4001 maple GLO bass guitar from November 1973 complete with original carrying case

??MK?? production date

??M??- 1973
??K??- November


Bass has been well cared for and is in very good shape considering age. Well cared for. Very minimal blemish considering item is 50 years old. Comes complete with original carrying case

This vintage Rickenbacker 4001 bass guitar ... more
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Rare Vintage 1960s Red Electro Rickenbacker Lap Steel Guitar w / Original Case

Rare Vintage 1960's Red Electro Rickenbacker Lap Steel Guitar w / Original Case

Loveland, Colorado, 805**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Rare Vintage 1960's Red Electro Rickenbacker Lap Steel Guitar w / Original Case i88555
... more
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Rickenbacker 1956 Combo 400 Guitar - Montezuma Brown

Rickenbacker 1956 Combo 400 Guitar - Montezuma Brown

Malibu, California, 902**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1956 Rickenbacker Combo 400 in rare Montezuma Brown with single DeArmand pick-up.
This is the first of the Tulip Shaped Guitars and the first Rickenbacker with Neck-Through-Body Construction. When this was refinished I asked to NOT have the horsehair splat replaced on the back of this instrument. Much prefer being able to see the neck thru body in all its glory
The fingerboard has been restored with a full refret. This guitar has NOT been properly set-up and the frets require a proper ... more
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Rickenbacker 360 Jet-Glo Vintage Electric Guitar 1968 - Black (Refinished) w / HSC

Rickenbacker 360 Jet-Glo Vintage Electric Guitar 1968 - Black (Refinished) w / HSC

Cockeysville, Maryland, 210**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


All original, except for the finish, and a knob or two. It plays well, but without the assistance of a lutiher, the truss rod is at max. We cannot guarantee that there was no headstock or any other repair at any point. It sounds absolutely amazing and comes with a hard case.... more
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1968-1974 Rickenbacker 381 Fireglo

1968-1974 Rickenbacker 381 Fireglo

Birmingham, Alabama, 352**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is my vintage Rickenbacker in its original and beautifully deep Fireglo finish
I have two of these and have been debating which to sell. The other is all original and Mapleglo. I've listed them both and will just see what happens
This one is a bit more player grade, but has originality where it counts (e g., finish, pickups)
The wiring harness was replaced many years ago (I was told around the 1980s by the previous owner). The output jack plate also has no serial number ... more
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1973 Rickenbacker 4001 Bass Guitar Jetglo with Original Case OHSC Black

1973 Rickenbacker 4001 Bass Guitar Jetglo with Original Case OHSC Black

Astoria, Oregon, 971**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A little hard to see, serial number M1 4104. Overall great condition, one input is a bit scratchy. Seymour Duncan pickups, Schaller tuners. Please review all photos.... more
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Rickenbacker 320 - Jetglo - 1981 w / OHSC

Rickenbacker 320 - Jetglo - 1981 w / OHSC

Bellingham, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Rickenbacker 320 - Jetglo - 1981 w / OHSC Rickenbacker 320 - Jetglo - 1981 w / OHSC
This is a 1981 Rickenbacker 320 in Jetglo finish   This guitar has a fair amount of nicks / dings / scratches as well as some buckle rash on the back of the body but overall it's still in very good shape for a vintage Ric   The frets show... more
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Vintage 1973 Rickenbacker Maple Glo 4001 bass guitar With Original  Case

Vintage 1973 Rickenbacker Maple Glo 4001 bass guitar With Original Case

Bellport, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage 1973 Rickenbacker Maple Glo 4001 bass guitar with its original case is a must-have for any serious collector or musician. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are remarkable, as expected from such a legendary brand and model. Its unique sound and playability are unrivaled, making it a prized possession for musicians of all levels and styles. The body and neck are in excellent shape, with only minor signs of wear and tear that add to its vintage charm. This is a rare opportunity... more
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1976 Rickenbacker 4001 Fretless Bass very rare example thats a beat sweet bass.

1976 Rickenbacker 4001 Fretless Bass very rare example that's a beat sweet bass.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a very clean & extremely good looking 1976 Rickenbacker 4001 Fretless Bass that has all the right stuff. Its Fireglo finish as yellowed a bit & is worn in w / a cool factor & a ton of Patina. Its fretless fingerboard is nicely figured w / a ton of finish wear from regular use. Its got both its original rhythm & bridge pickups. Plays & intonates quite well. It??s got a rare neck thru of maple w / a single walnut stripe. Its very good overall & ready to use & ... more
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Vintage! 1967 Rickenbacker 325 Rose Morris Model  Fireglo + OHSC

Vintage! 1967 Rickenbacker 325 Rose Morris Model Fireglo + OHSC

Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage! 1967 Rickenbacker 325 Rose Morris Model Fireglo + OHSC

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Up for sale is a cool and rare 1967 Rickenbacker 325 Rose Morris model 1996 in Fireglo. This is one of the same Rickenbacker models the late and great John Lennon was known for using and this one is beautiful. 3 toaster pickups, Rose Morris F hole, tremolo, 21 5 inch scale length. The top of the body has been expertly over-sprayed and re-finished and there is some light overspray on... more
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Rickenbacker 4001 / 3 Wiring harness w / Vintage Tone Control - Stereo / Mono Outputs

Rickenbacker 4001 / 3 Wiring harness w / Vintage Tone Control - Stereo / Mono Outputs

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Wiring Harness for Rickenbacker 4001 / 4003 Basses w / Vintage Tone Option
I built this harness using components from many of the same suppliers that Rickenbacker also uses, and optimized it for use with the stock Hi-Gain, RIHS, or Toaster pickups. The main tone caps are Sprague "Orange Drop" .047uF spec units, while the pickup selector is made by Switchcraft. Unlike the factory harness, these pots are within 10% of rated spec, and matched in pairs to within 1% of each other. The volume pots... more
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PARTS ONLY Vintage Rickenbacker TR35B Bass Combo Amp

PARTS ONLY Vintage Rickenbacker TR35B Bass Combo Amp

Commerce, Georgia, 305**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Came out of a storage unit.
I have no history on this but it looks to be in average overall condition.
Local pickup available approximately 1 hour Northeast of Atlanta GA
... more
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Vintage RICKENBACKER Electro Model NS LAP STEEL GUITAR 1946-1952 Beautiful!!!

Vintage RICKENBACKER Electro Model NS LAP STEEL GUITAR 1946-1952 Beautiful!!!

Dallas, Texas, 752**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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1967 Vox Stroller

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1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalog Hagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner President The President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional