This is a 60s meets 90s Rickenbacker 330 in Fireglow, built with skill and care from the genuine parts of two separate instruments.
The Rickenbacker body & neck was bought by its current owner from a reputable dealer in the USA. It was purchased in good faith as a 1967 330 model, however without the output jack plate, technically we cannot verify this. Curiously, it has 345 written inside the body cavity, and the 345 is the triple pickup model. However, we know that back in the day, Rickenbacker often used what was on hand to fill orders, and that it was not unusual for 330 & 345 bodies to be interchanged.
The owner added a genuine 1966/67 truss rod cover and screws, also bought from USA.
After some time, the owner came across a genuine 90’s Rickenbacker 330 that had been smashed in a “bizarre gardening accident” – no further details available on this, although we would be interested ….
The 90’s Rick donated its pickups, pick guards, bridge base, case & bridge/tailpiece.
The owner is a very experienced guitar renovator and repairer, and he expertly installed new CTS pots, a Switchcraft output socket and toggle switch, and modded the 90’s guard to fit the 60’s body without any extra holes or molestation – see pics.
It is a great player, and sounds like a classic Ricky should – sweet & jangly with lots of chimey overtones. The action is low, the neck is super comfy all the way up, the frets are fine, it intonates perfectly and stays in tune.
So, here’s a killer player grade vintage 330 with modern upgrades for half the vintage price.
Comes in 1990s hard case in good condition.