About Rickenbacker 330
The rich, full, warm sound of the Rickenbacker 330 electric guitar, along with its carved maple body and 24 fret rosewood fingerboard, has made it an iconic instrument for over fifty years. Designed by Roger Rossmeisl, the guitar was introduced in 1958 and is still made at the Rickenbacker factory in Santa Ana, California. It is not mass produced, but made to order, as is somehow fitting given its legendary status.
Founded in 1931 by Adolph Rickenbacker and George D. Beauchamp, the Electro String Instrument Corporation, which would one day come to be better known as the Rickenbacker International Corporation, was the first company devoted exclusively to designing and making fully electric musical instruments and amps, and pioneered the electric guitar. Already popular due to the rock ?n? roll boom of the late 50s, the Rickenbacker company received an added boost when Beatlemania hit the world. The Beatles favoured Rickenbacker guitars, a preference going back to John Lennon?s purchase of a model 325 in Hamburg in 1960. This revelation caused a huge surge of interest in Rickenbacker guitars. The pure, clear, ringing tones of Rickenbacker 330s reached a peak of popularity via the evocative sound of mid to late 60s bands such as the Byrds, and continue to make this a sought after instrument right up to the present day.
Available is a wide selection of both new and used Rickenbacker 330 electric guitars, including examples in fire glow, maple glow, midnight blue and jetglo finishes, plus replacement scratch plates. All provide a classic look combined with a classic tone.