SOLD - Vintage Rickenbacker 1993 Rose Morris 12-String - USA 1965
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From Premier Guitar:
"Nothing says “the sixties” like a Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar. After late 1963, when George Harrison of the Beatles received his first, rock n’ roll would never be the same. Thousands of aspiring rock n’ rollers saw Harrison use his Rickenbacker 360/12 in the movie A Hard Day’s Night and were motivated to seek out this exotic instrument so they could create the same shimmering sounds.
American players were surprised to find that these stunning guitars with the German name were made in California. British customers bought their guitars through the U.K. instrument distributor Rose, Morris. The features of the Rickenbackers made for Rose, Morris differed subtly from the American versions. The most notable change was a traditional “F” shaped soundhole, compared to the “slash” soundhole of the U.S. models. Rose, Morris also assigned its own model numbers."
12-string guitars can be a bit challenging to handle at first. But this Rickenbacker 1993 is something special! It comes with a fantastic "R" tailpiece, dual truss rods, and exceptional craftsmanship that make this 12-string a joy to play.
This Ricky looks spectacular - the Fireglo finish goes from a rich orange to a beautiful dark red, nicely bordered by the cream, double bound body. The top of the guitar is very clean, with very few bumps or abrasions. The back shows some buckle rash that has peeled back to the maple, adding to the vintage look. The neck is smooth and sleek from years of playing. The frets show some wear but have plenty of life in them, the Kluson Deluxe tuners have tarnished but work well and hold tune nicely.
When strummed or picked, this Rickenbacker 1993 produces a lush and jangly sound that is immediately recognisable. The doubled strings in each pair create a rich chorus-like effect, adding depth and complexity to chords and melodies.
Overall, the Rickenbacker 1993 Rose Morris 12-string guitar offers a unique and enchanting tonal palette that has become synonymous with the classic sound of the 1960s and continues to be admired by musicians across different genres to this day.
Scale length: 25"
Fretboard Radius: 10"
Action at 1st fret: 0.25mm
Action at 12th fret: 3.0mm
Neck depth at 1st fret: 21.39mm
Neck depth at 12th fret: 22.05mm
Nut Width: 40.32mm
12 fret width: 48.36mm
Weight: 3.545kg / 7.81lbs
Neck material: Maple
Fretboard inlays: Dot
Body Material: Maple
Pickup Configuration: SS (Toaster Style)
Tuners: Kluson Deluxe
Bridge: Rickenbacker "R" Tailpiece