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Brand: Rickenbacker

Up for sale is my Rickenbacker 325 C58 electric guitar, imported from the States in 2010. These guitars are now discontinued and are quite rare, especially in unmodified form. 
Please do not offer swaps or offers. This sale is for the money, and my fixed price is final.

About the article for sale:

This guitar was acquired from an American merchant over the internet in 2010 - almost exactly four years ago. It comes with the case (The Rickenbacker poster inside the case is not included in the sale).
An original Rickenbacker Trapeze tailpiece, which I purchased separately for around £100 to improve tuning stability, is currently installed on the guitar. It required no modification of the guitar, and it fits on the original bracket for the Kaufman. I will reinstall the Kaufman (pictured) when the sale closes, and will sell the Trapeze separately. I removed the Kaufamn when I bought the guitar because it is well known that the original tailpiece is not perfect. You can do some independent research on the internet to verify this. The simplest solution is to buy a trapeze, unhook the Kaufman form the bracket, and install the trapeze. This is an instant fix that can be completely reversed.
The 325 offered here is the black (Jetglow) version of the instrument. It has been lovingly taken care of with regular polishing and gentle playing. There are very minor signs of use, and no major scuffs. The neck is straight and the guitar intones well. The case is nice and sturdy, but it comes without the key, as I never had it.
This guitar is a hollow bodied instrument and is quite loud when played acoustically. I rarely plug this in. There is little need to do so for just strumming and playing for fun. It looks really cool, with its gold pick guard and large volume and tone knobs. Plugged in, you get the sparkly jangle reminiscent of the early Beatles recordings this guitar is well known for. 
This is also fairly lightweight, so that is another plus because it probably won't strain your back as you play it. Those Fenders and Gibson's sure feel weighty after you spend some time with this beauty.
Another thing, which you may or may not regard as a feature of this instrument is its tone.  The pickups are not very loud when plugged in (the pickup output is low), but it is clean as a whistle, and it produces a very warm. powerful, and woody tone. The short scale helps give it an almost staccato-like bite.  Anyone interested in hearing how this sounds, head to Youtube, and listen to musicians playing this model, and if you like that sound, you'd be hard-pressed to find any other guitar model reproduce it. 

This will make the perfect gift for a Beatles fan who also plays guitar because there is nothing else that can reproduce that early Beatles sound. It has been well taken care of, and with my 100% seller feedback, you can buy from me in confidence. As far as I am aware this is the only one of this specific model on sale at eBay right now. The other Lennon 325 (C64) is fairly common as it comes on eBay fairly regularly and is still in production. I have seen quite a few in the last several weeks. Arguably, that model is not as cool because this is the guitar most associated with Lennon. It is clear he loved this instrument as he had his original 325 restored in the 1970s and it is speculated that he used it for his final studio work in 1980. This also has superior acoustic output than the C64 model. 
This Rickenbacker is fairly rare in the UK, and a US listed one carries the risk of hefty import charges. In fact, when I had this imported, I did incur charges, as did my Rickenbacker 620/6. Unfortunately, the taxman always wants a piece of the action, and he sure won't let that beautiful Rickenbacker get to your hands before you part with a fairly substantial amount of money.

I have accurately described this item, and provided detailed photographs. The electrics are fully working and the guitar has been set up with low action and has no issues with playability. The frets are unworn, the finish is in superb condition with very minor signs of wear (minor scuffing (and a tiny speck of paint has come off from the edge near the jack-plate - this is shown on the photographs. It is very minor and could probably be covered up quite easily)).

Rickenbacker produced a very faithful replica of the original John Lennon 325 as he bought it, with all of its inherent imperfections. This model plays flawlessly, and if any minor inconveniences are experienced with the Kaufman tailpiece, it can be replaced with a trapeze tailpiece, which, in my view, makes this guitar more playable. After all, all guitarists are different and usually everyone would want their own set up anyway, so you can adjust it according to your preference.


After the sale has closed, you can pay via Paypal. Once payment is made, collection can be arranged at a mutually convenient time, either from my home address, or a convenient location close to my residence.
Paying via bank transfer may be more convenient for me as I would not be liable to pay Paypal fees so I would prefer that. It is a very secure way of paying and does not cost you anything.
The guitar is as described. I am a very reasonable and conscientious seller. I have bought Rickenbacker guitars on eBay before (along with a few Fenders), so I respect that musicians need instruments they can rely upon and want the best for their money. I felt the same way when I collected guitars. I hate buying items that were not as described or were overpriced, so here I have a guitar that is being sold as described, and for a reasonable price (compared to its market value - see next section)!!. 

The Price:

I am only selling it to fetch the price I have listed it for. This is a discontinued model, fairly rare in the UK. To buy this guitar from outside the UK, you will be paying more for it. The Rickenbacker 325 C64 is still in production and Rossetti, the official UK distributor, have it listed for over £3500. The UK RRP for this guitar was £3840. This model is no longer made and is now rarer than the two 'Lennon' reissues, and it is quite different, both in terms of sound and specification. The other model does not give you the characteristic voice of this particular iteration of the 325, so if you prefer the Beatles sound prior to the time Lennon acquired his second Rickenbacker 325 (the C64 model), this is the one.
Although expensive, the guitar is not overpriced. Of course, it is not cheap either, but it is being sold under the retail price, which is much higher. It is quite rare for this to be listed on eBay UK. Most are listed in the US, and as such, are subject to import and customs charges when they arrive here. The C64 is still produced and they do crop up more often than this, and you can order one directly from Rickenbacker (through Rosetti).
After eBay and Paypal fees, I will not make as much money as this is worth. It is expensive, but this Jetglow version of the 325 C58 is getting even rarer than the Mapleglow version (perhaps this is because Lennon was seen with the refinished black version at the peak of the Beatles' popularity, as well as the group's first appearance at the Ed Sullivan show in America.).
Remember, this guitar is expensive, no matter whom you buy it from. It is a premium quality replica and I will not sell it for less than this, otherwise it is not worth selling. In a few years, these will sell for ridiculous prices, so buying one now, in this condition, without any irreversible mods, under its original UK retail price, is a very good deal (even if I do say so myself). I can only guarantee that you will get an unmodified guitar in very good condition that will deliver a lifetime of pleasure (unless you break it!!). 
I wouldn't have sold this at all, but I need the money. This guitar is really unique and cool. There is nothing else like it, and unless you know someone else who actually has this (for actual playing, not to put on the wall), no one will have anything that sounds like this. Even the Rickenbacker 325 C64 (currently still being made by Rickenbacker) sounds very different.


For the benefit of anyone unaware of the history of the 325 Rickenbacker, this instrument was used by John Lennon of the British Pop/Rock band The Beatles. Lennon had his guitar modified but when Rickenbacker reproduced the model, they used its original factory specifications, before any modification work was carried out by Lennon. As such, many Beatles fans who have purchased this guitar added the John Lennon mods. This means, that this instrument is rarely listed without the Lennon alterations. This is a faithful replica of the guitar as Lennon acquired it, and since it was released in this form by Rickenbacker, it will not remain collectible if any of the popular irreversible mods are done. Collectors prefer to have their instruments in original factory specification.

I know Rickenbacker web forums often discuss the Lennon mods in great detail, but one has to step away and see that people invest a lot of money to buy a piece of Beatles history, for the specific purpose of doing what Lennon did, so they can hear what they think is the Beatles sound. Since a lot of these instruments have already been butchered in the name of playability and Beatlemania, I am sure in years to come people who just want the replica as issued by Rickenbacker will struggle to find an example. This sale is for a guitar that has not tampered with any of the original factory specs, apart from adding the trapeze tailpiece, which will be unscrewed and replaced with the original Kaufman. This guitar has never had any permanent mods, so it is still in original, collectible condition.

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