I Chose a Rickenbacker because my Style suits the guitar and Vice/Versa. I would not hesitate to buy another if mine were lost, stolen or otherwise removed from my possession. The only change I would make to the guitar would be a factory option of a Bigsby style tremolo. Overall, No Guitar is "ABSOLUTLY PERFECT", But this is as close as it comes for me. Granted, the Rickenbacker isnt for everyone. Try one for yourself and YOU decide.
Model Year: 1995
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: AMS Catalog
This, Being the finest american made guitar (in my opinion) Has all the features one would expect from a finely craftes Semi-Hollow body Guitar. With Two Single coil pickups and an extra tone knob for that little extra "TWANG" Rickenbacker is famous for, A Rickenbacker 330 is within easy reach of the moderatly funded musician. This is a well crafted, HAND MADE, Mid priced guitar.
With little effort on my part I achieved the correct action for my style of playing. Using Ernie Ball Slinky .009 guage strings i have a close, light action. I am able to adapt this guitar to Blues, Rock, Heavy Metal, and anything in between.
I Play through a Marshal, and this Guitar has the Clasic Townsend sound along with the Beatle style twang and shimmer. If Metal is your thing, this guitar will let you scoop out all the mids and leave you with enough High end for a great distortion through any pedal, or without a pedal. With the pick-up selector in mid positon, one can achieve a warmer tone by blending the pickups in what ever way suits your needs. Never needlessly noisy, no humms or pops, and any style could be played on a Rickenbacker330. Light weight, it will not kill your back or shoulder while on stage, yet seemingly cradles in your arm while played sitting in a Studio position.
I Have played this guitar in an almost constaint live situation since I have owned the guitar, and as with any guitar, you take care of it, it will take care of you. In the years I have owned it, I have never had to do, or have any adjustments made to this guitar.
I've always dreamed of owning a RIC.. After watching the Beatles, the Byrds, Tom Petty.. I loved the sound and the looks and now I own one!!
Model Year: 1996
Where Obtained: PM Blues Guitar Heaven, Pawtucket RI
American made guitar. The 24 fret Rosewood fingerboard is punctuated by dot inlay fret markers, with full double cutaways permitting access to all the frets. The body is a fireglo maple finished. It has two single coil pickups with mono output.
The guitar plays like a dream. The action is very low and smooth.
The sound is great.. Nothing beats that traditonal RIC sound. I play mine through a Peavey Classic 50/410.
This well constructed guitar is plenty durable. The workmanship is fantastic and all the controls work great.