Rickenbacker 330 - Fireglo – USA 1994

by Rickenbacker

$3,995.00 22054

The 330 entered the Rickenbacker product line in 1958, though at the time the 300 series of guitars was known as the "Capri" series. It was designed by the German luthier Roger Rossmeisl. 

The 330 incorporates many features standard on Rickenbacker guitars, including a three-ply maple/walnut neck, a shallow headstock angle, and a thick rosewood fretboard finished with clear conversion varnish.

The 330 also features a body with Rickenbacker's "crescent moon" double-cutaway shape with sharp, unbound edges, and an "R"-shaped trapeze tailpiece.

One idiosyncrasy of the guitar is its dual truss rods, which allow for the correction of problematic and unwanted twists, as well as curvature, of the guitar's neck. The 330 is equipped with a mono jack plate, lacking the Rick-O-Sound stereo functionality of other Rickenbacker models such as the Rickenbacker 360.

These iconic guitars, with their distinctive looks and jangly tones, have found their way into the hands of the Who to R.E.M., Jimmy Page to Tom Petty, the Smiths to Radiohead. 

Maple's density is partly responsible for the 330's famous sustain and top-end jangle and shimmer. Maple is also very stable, aiding in maintaining the structural integrity of the neck. The thick rosewood fingerboard adds a touch of warmth and harmonic richness to this otherwise bright instrument. Dot inlays give it the traditional 330 look.

The heart and soul of all Rickenbackers are their proprietary electronics. In the 330 you'll find a pair of Hi-gain single-coils. These pickups deliver the bright, clean tone of many other single-coils, but with an aggressive cut that has driven so many rhythm and lead guitar tracks through the decades. A 5-knob control layout with "blend" knob gives you a wide range of sounds to play with.

 Features -

  • Body TypeSemi-hollowbody
  • Body Shape330 Thinline
  • Body MaterialMaple
  • Body FinishHigh Gloss Polyester
  • Colour Fireglo
  • Neck MaterialMaple
  • Neck ShapeU
  • Neck JointSet Neck
  • Radius10"
  • Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
  • Fingerboard InlayDots
  • Number of Frets24
  • Scale Length75"
  • Nut Width629"
  • Nut MaterialBakelite
  • Bridge/TailpieceRickenbacker 6-Saddle Bridge with "R" Trapeze Tailpiece
  • TunersSchaller machine heads
  • Neck PickupHi-gain Single-coil
  • Bridge PickupHi-gain Single-coil
  • Controls2 x volume, 2 x tone, 1 x mix control
  • Switching3-way toggle pickup switch

This one features a bright Fireglo finish which remains in excellent condition. A few very light marks here and there but overall the guitar is in fabulous shape for an instrument approaching 30 years old.

Nice rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl dot inlays. Neck is straight & truss rods are in perfect working condition. Frets show some light wear but have plenty of life in them.

Original Schaller tuners working perfectly, and all electronics function smoothly and quietly.

Weight is 7.9 lbs

This one was bought new by its one owner from a Sydney retailer in 1995. No changes, no modifications, looked after extremely well and everything works as it should.

And of course it delivers that classic Rickenbacker jangle and chime that cannot be duplicated by any other instrument.

Comes in its “Blueberry Ash” branded aluminium flight case in very good condition.

Video demo of same model - https://youtu.be/f09AOKAB0CQ


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