To many, this is the classic Ric. Nobody else makes a more recognizable finish than Rickenbacker's Fireglo red burst. This is the model Pete Townshend played—really hard—when The Who first turned up the volume on British rock. Simpler than the 360 line, it has the distinctive Ric shape, finish and tone.
The 330 model offers many of Rickenbacker’s most recognizable features: full-size, thin semi-hollow body; two single-coil pickups; two-piece pickguard; what Rickenbacker calls a “traditionally shaped” sound hole (it’s only traditional if you’re Rickenbacker – it’s their famous ‘slash’).
The body is carved from a single piece of maple and precision-fitted with a solid back. The sweeping double cutaways permit access to all 24 frets. 330 models don’t have binding on the neck or body, but they still offer the distinctive “R” tailpiece and classic headstock logo.
The 5-piece maple neck features dual truss rods. The comfortable rosewood fingerboard features a 10” radius and dot inlays.
Of course, both 6-string and 12-string models have the unmistakable Rickenbacker tone. Single-coil pickups deliver an output range from clear, ringing tone to saturated overdrive.
Colors: Fireglo (red sunburst); Jetglo (solid black); Mapleglo; Midnight Blue and Ruby (metallic red).
NOTE: We make try to keep plenty of Rickenbacker guitars and basses on hand. However, Rickenbacker produces only a limited number of instruments in their Santa Ana, CA, factory (they don’t offer an import line), so we can’t always guarantee when new instruments will arrive. Please call to confirm our current inventory.
Why We Like Rickenbacker Guitars
If Rickenbacker’s only contribution to music had been their groundbreaking electric 12-string, we’d still love them. But more than that, Rickenbacker helped create the whole soundtrack of an era. Many of the 60s’ throaty rhythms, thumping bass lines and distinctive, chiming 12-string parts were played on a Ric.
Rickenbackers still sound great—that unique Ric sound—and their body designs, colors and features (“slash”-style f-holes, triangular fretboard inlays) are as distinctive today as ever. Also worth noting: Every Rickenbacker instrument is still made in the company’s California factory, just like every one has always been.