Rickenbacker 381/12V69

Rickenbacker 381/12V69

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Rickenbacker 381v69 12 Maple Glo

Jun 13, 2007
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  • User Rating: Excellent

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Pros:Wonderful finish, very distinctive looking. Great craftsmanship.

Cons:Some difficulty keeping tuned. 12 strings do put a strain on the instrument.

One of the most beautiful guitars ever made. Wonderful figuring in the Maple Blond finish. Sounds fantastic through a Fender Blues Deluxe. Acquired in 2000, received in 2001. Took a year almost to get mine. I have had some difficulty in keeping it tuned. Narrow neck with 12 strings takes some getting used too. Recommend that anyone considering one, be sure that it is well setup. If it is difficult to fret, it will be harder to form chords than on a normal 6 string. But it is the sound. Nothing sounds like a Ric and nothing looks like a Ric and nothing plays like a Ric when properly setup. I have heard some people say that Rickenbacker has not come out with anything new in quite a while. Well, you cannot fault a Gretsch White Falcon or White Penquin (if you can find one). It is a classical design that will always be timeless. It doesn't need gadgets or fancy paint jobs to be the best there is. Plus, it is made in the USA. The interior of the case is cut in such a way as to hold the guitar firmly. The case makes for a very save and secure environment for a guitar that is very expensive indeed.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid ($US): 1875
I Bought It: New
Weight: Light, but has some presence
Sound Quality: Versatile

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