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My 1st Rickenbacker

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This is the 1st Rickenbacker I bought back in Dec. 1966. I now have 7 RIC's including the George Harrison 360/12 V64 signed by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at The Gorge in Washington State. Anyway, here my 1st RIC. 12 pix in all.

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The odd thing about this guitar is that it only has 2 "TOASTER" pickups! All model 325's and in England, model 1993 had 3 "Toaster" pickups. I called John Hall at Rickenbacker years ago about that and he said very few of these were ever made and people call it a model 310 or 315 if it has the "ACCENT' vibrato like mine does, even tho they were sold as a model 325 and model 325 is written on the body under the pickguard. About 10-15 years ago I saw 2 of these online selling for $15,000, I have no idea what they are going for now. Well kids, that's my story and I'm sticking with it!

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BTW, if you decide to order or buy 1, they only come in Mapleglo (Blonde) or Jetglo (Black) today. Make sure you pay the extra $450 for the 3 "Toaster Pickups" and another $275 for the "Silver Vintage Case". John Lennon's original 1958 was Mapleglo with gold pickguard and 3 Toaster pickups and 4 toaster knobs. He later painted it black and put on a Bigsby Vibrato. He bought it in Germany with a few dollars down and the promise to pay it off a few dollars a week after that. He "Never" did pay it off!!!!

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Oh, another thing about my RIC 325 is that the "F Hole" is in the 1 O'Clock position that is fairly rare today. Newer ones have the "F Hole in the 2 O'Clock position. So IF you order one, make sure to order the "F Hole" in the 1 O'Clock position! They are more valuable. The model 320 is not made anymore and has skyrocketed in price and I have 1 of those in Jetglo. It's the same as the 325 but without the vibrato. I'll try to post pix of that another time. Buy a RIC and rock on!

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