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Affordable Rickenbackers

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We often hear complaints here about how overpriced Rickenbacker guitars are. Affordability is certainly a relative thing. But, these used Rickenbackers seem to be reasonably priced for what they are.

First up is a 360/12 in Mapleglo finish. Personally, I am not all that keen on the Mapleglo finish, but you can get into a Rickenbacker 12-string for only a couple hundred dollars more than many used Gretsch hollowbody guitars.

Rickenbacker 360/12 (link)

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Here is a 330/12, which is more the workhorse model of the Rickenbacker lineup. At $1400, this one is priced very much in line with what we are accustomed to seeing used Gretsch guitars selling for.

Rickenbacker 330/12 (link)

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I see used Rics around at very reasonable prices, especially when compared to say a 5K 'masterbuilt' Vette, etc. Wish I could find a 660/12 with some wear, so I wouldn't feel bad about putting bigger frets on it. But most Rics are killer clean ... Ric owners treat them well.

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I wish I could find a nice Ric in the sub-$1K range.

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That would be like finding a nice Gretsch for less than $1K. Possible, but not likely.

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I wish I could find a nice Ric in the sub-$1K range.

– bombcityrocker

I wish I could find a nice Ric in the sub-$1K range.

– rivercityrocker

The Italias can get you there.

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That would be like finding a nice Gretsch for less than $1K.

I was thinking along the lines of a Ric electromatic line. That would be cool.

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he Italias can get you there.

That's cool. Never heard of them before. Let the internet searching commence...

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he Italias can get you there.

That's cool. Never heard of them before. Let the internet searching commence...

– bombcityrocker

he Italias can get you there.

That's cool. Never heard of them before. Let the internet searching commence...

– rivercityrocker

John Hall of Rickenbacker hates them, he's trying to put them out of business. However Trev Wilkinson is their designer so he's pretty powerful himself, plus they're not a US company.

Italia Guitars

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That would be like finding a nice Gretsch for less than $1K.

I was thinking along the lines of a Ric electromatic line. That would be cool.

– bombcityrocker

That would be like finding a nice Gretsch for less than $1K.

I was thinking along the lines of a Ric electromatic line. That would be cool.

– rivercityrocker

That would defeat the Ric corporate philosophy USA all the way watch the video. I admire them for not producing cheap lower line compromise your good name guitars and fiercely protecting their product from rip off copies. Many of our once upon a time USA companies that had a good name and good reputation have sold themselves out to cheap mass produced cheap will not last inferior products with their formerly good name. Westinghouse, GE, May Tag, Skil, DeWalt, McCulloch, Homelite, Black & Decker. etc. etc. etc. etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

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he Italias can get you there.

That's cool. Never heard of them before. Let the internet searching commence...

– rivercityrocker

John Hall of Rickenbacker hates them, he's trying to put them out of business. However Trev Wilkinson is their designer so he's pretty powerful himself, plus they're not a US company.

Italia Guitars

– drmilktruck

he Italias can get you there.

That's cool. Never heard of them before. Let the internet searching commence...

– rivercityrocker

John Hall of Rickenbacker hates them, he's trying to put them out of business. However Trev Wilkinson is their designer so he's pretty powerful himself, plus they're not a US company.

Italia Guitars

– drmilktruck

I agree with drmilktruck, Italia is close yes, very very close indeed. Rickenbacker quality not quite there yet. Here is mine paid $450.00 used mint with case. Hardly ever play a 12 string but nice to have on hand.

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I was able to get my 360 for $1300 which I feel is a great deal, I'm still looking for a 12 string to match this one they're great guitars

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That would be like finding a nice Gretsch for less than $1K.

I was thinking along the lines of a Ric electromatic line. That would be cool.

– rivercityrocker

That would defeat the Ric corporate philosophy USA all the way watch the video. I admire them for not producing cheap lower line compromise your good name guitars and fiercely protecting their product from rip off copies. Many of our once upon a time USA companies that had a good name and good reputation have sold themselves out to cheap mass produced cheap will not last inferior products with their formerly good name. Westinghouse, GE, May Tag, Skil, DeWalt, McCulloch, Homelite, Black & Decker. etc. etc. etc. etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

– Raye Boals

That would be like finding a nice Gretsch for less than $1K.

I was thinking along the lines of a Ric electromatic line. That would be cool.

– rivercityrocker

That would defeat the Ric corporate philosophy USA all the way watch the video. I admire them for not producing cheap lower line compromise your good name guitars and fiercely protecting their product from rip off copies. Many of our once upon a time USA companies that had a good name and good reputation have sold themselves out to cheap mass produced cheap will not last inferior products with their formerly good name. Westinghouse, GE, May Tag, Skil, DeWalt, McCulloch, Homelite, Black & Decker. etc. etc. etc. etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

– rcboals

I'm not in favor of a cheaper Rickenbacker line myself. I like that they're relatively obscure, not the least of which is likely price related. At any rate, we sometimes complain about Gretsch not making guitars in the good ol' USA, but here's a company that does do that and then you hear complaints on the price. They're on par, price wise with new Gretsch guitars. I don't get the iniquity of deriding Rickenbacker for what we ask for from Gretsch. I know, I know, not everyone feels that way, but the commentary has come up enough around here that it bears mentioning.

I had an Italia. The operative word being had. Not a bad guitar, but nowhere near the Rickenbacker build level and not really the same sound either. Great guitars for the money though, definitely.

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i saw that ad too Ric12string!, and thought the same thing...good deal...cant beat a usa made ric...john hall even tries to use as many parts "made in the usa" as possible...a dying breed

italias are cool...i like a lot of models, not just the ric inspired ones...but your comparing apples & oranges

cheers

ps did u see this killer?...from the vintage line

Link...

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I did see that one too, neatone, but my emphasis for this thread was on affordable Rickenbackers.

If that 381V69 wasn't in MapleGlo, I could conceivably have had some interest in it.

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Ric12string!!

didnt realize hi-gains were made specifically for that model!!!...interesting...john kay must have wanted a bit more edge...he was it's classic user

that's some maple-glo tho...exquisite

but not cheap..tho a good value...scarce

cheers

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I have a Danelectro 12 string that I like a lot.

I can only play the 650/660 models Ric as they have a fatter neck. The others are just too skinny.

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We often hear complaints here about how overpriced Rickenbacker guitars are. Affordability is certainly a relative thing. But, these used Rickenbackers seem to be reasonably priced for what they are.

First up is a 360/12 in Mapleglo finish. Personally, I am not all that keen on the Mapleglo finish, but you can get into a Rickenbacker 12-string for only a couple hundred dollars more than many used Gretsch hollowbody guitars.

Rickenbacker 360/12 (link)

– Ric12string

We often hear complaints here about how overpriced Rickenbacker guitars are. Affordability is certainly a relative thing. But, these used Rickenbackers seem to be reasonably priced for what they are.

First up is a 360/12 in Mapleglo finish. Personally, I am not all that keen on the Mapleglo finish, but you can get into a Rickenbacker 12-string for only a couple hundred dollars more than many used Gretsch hollowbody guitars.

Rickenbacker 360/12 (link)

– Ric12string

After hemming and hawing, I reluctantly passed on this used mint Mapleglo 360 at Sam Ash about a year ago for $1400 (I took a cell phone pic of it at the time), and could still kick myself... :(

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didnt realize hi-gains were made specifically for that model!!!...interesting...john kay must have wanted a bit more edge...he was it's classic user -- neatone

I'm not sure what guitar you are referring to here, neatone. The guitar that you linked to did not have hi-gains in it. It had the vintage toasters

By the way, while I generally prefer the vintage toasters, I played one of Bonedaddy's Rickenbackers about a year ago that was equipped with hi-gains and I have to say that the guitar sounded quite good. There was certainly lots of the Rickenbacker chime to it.

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duh sorry...came across an original 381 at the same time!!!!

Link...

apparently the originals had hi-gains!!

my mid 70's fireglo 360 has hi-gains that come in around 7.4k...which is the grail for toasters now...but in reality those 60's toasters were wound way lower...4-5k

cheers

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If rics did anything for me - or if I had ever seen a lefty in person - I would have to concede that they are pretty affordable used, especially for a guitar made in the USA. (Which in my opinion is sometimes a double-edged sword; another topic for another time.) However, it is my opinion that every guitar company needs at least two lines: so called "professional" and a budget line.

Rickenbacker is still in business doing what it always has done so what do I know?

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Rics hold there value fairly well, that's for sure. I've never lost money selling one, but have only made a decent profit with vintage or vintage reissues.

And yes, those listed are (somewhat) affordable, but 24 fret necks, schaller tuners, heinous sounding hi gains (etc etc) just don't appeal to me. Any improvement/evolution (aka cost cutting) Ric has done in the past 35-ish years has left them with a very dummied down guitar that is grossly overpriced for what your getting. They are producing a lower line instrument, people have to stop drinking the Cool Aid. An example: a new 330/360 is a lot like a Mexican Standard Strat or Tele (or even an Electromatic). Yes, it's a Fender, it's made decently and is a loose representaion of the classic Fender design, but that's where it ends. At least the MIM is priced realistically.

For $1400-$1800 I'll buy a Terada made Epi Casino or a G6120/6122/6119/6118/6128, etc. It will be a far superior guitar.

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Glad I bought mine long before ebay and the internet which has streamlined price knowledge. I like this 336-12 a lot but sort of like a sitar to me. Limited use.

Vibramute largely nails it beyond this.

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All I can say is that I feel very lucky indeed to be a Rickenbacker owner. I had a couple of good paydays back in '09 and so I sprung for a 360/12. I've never regretted it in the least. Best money I ever spent.


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