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Rickenbacker 325C58 Hamburg C Series Electric Guitar  

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        Rickenbacker

        An exact replica of John Lennon's first 325.

        Just like the guitar Lennon purchased in Hamburg in 1960. It features a semi-hollowbody sculpted of solid alder, the gold nameplate and pickguard, gold-on-brown knobs, elongated jack plate, and Kauffman Vibrola. Includes hardshell case.

        Features
        • Exact replica of John Lennon's 1958 325
        • Hollow body sculpted of solid alder
        • Gold nameplate and pickguard
        • Gold-on-brown knobs
        • Elongated jack plate

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        4.4

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        Ricky 325 Review

        As guitarists, we have all ?lusted? after various models. Some after Fenders others after Gibson?s. Personally, the only guitar I really lusted after was a 325. The moment I first...Read complete review

        As guitarists, we have all ?lusted? after various models. Some after Fenders others after Gibson?s. Personally, the only guitar I really lusted after was a 325. The moment I first saw it I had to have it. True, I ?now? like, The Beatles but I love I REALLY loved the Rickenbacker. When I was 16, the the MD of Rickenbacker UK, let me play a 325 in mapleglo. It was the most amazing guitar. You have to get used to the neck but within one hour I couldn?t play anything else! I worked 2 years doing a newspaper route and bought a secondhand one from an English Gentleman called Phill Harris. I remember his name because I phoned him every week for 6 months to see if his guitar was sold, since it remained in the used section of Melody Maker for the whole time. In the end, he succumbed to my request and discounted it for me!! Since then I have owned 2 black 325 V59?s and 1 Mapleglo 325 V59 and loved them to pieces. One which name happens to sit on the shoulders of a mannequin of Mr. Lennon in a very famous museum.However, I always wanted Rickenbacker to make a 325 like Mr. Lennon?s original. When they did come up with the 325 C58 I just had to have it, I couldn?t hold of it in Australia but finally I got my hands on my own one sometime last year! It is the most amazing guitar. It is made with such perfection! The sound is perfect! Rickenbacker have really got it right with this guitar. I play a host of other guitars, including Gibson?s and Fenders, they all seem to release 50?s and 60?s reissues but seldom feel or sound anything like the original?s. The craftsman at Rickenbacker have recreated a classic that reshaped modern music. It was not only the dream guitar of boys in the 60?s but continues to be the dream guitar of many ?boy?s now.Regardless of whether you like 60?s music, The Beatles or anything, I think you owe it to yourself to try a modern masterpiece.Pete Townsend once said, Rickenbacker guitars are like violins in their intricate quality. No other guitar can compare with Rickenbacker. Others manufacturers have sold themselves out to cut cost, sell more or follow the fads, Rickenbacker is the quiet little manufacturer run by a bunch of people who love what they do and will only build what they love. Recently, I have advertised my entire guitar collection (marriage) EXCEPT my 325! There is a review that seems to be written by someone of the same name as me in this column. I HAVE NO IDEA who that is! If I wrote it in a drunken stupor I apologise at any rate, one thing I can say is, I have never owned a 325 V63 and would never have even wanted to release a 63 reissue over a 59 reissue.How I came up with my ratings.Features - It's got the original down perfectlyQuality - No corners cut (really love the case as well)Value - Its not cheap, I guess you might NOT play it for every single occasion ( I DO)Overall - 10 - its perfect.

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        Good looks but average sound, poor playability.

        Great looking guitar, sadly it promises more than that what it can deliver. A little overpriced. It features a tremelo(Lennon changed his to a Bigsby) perhaps Rickenbacker should have offered the 325...Read complete review

        Great looking guitar, sadly it promises more than that what it can deliver. A little overpriced. It features a tremelo(Lennon changed his to a Bigsby) perhaps Rickenbacker should have offered the 325 identical to Lennon's in say 1963.Only for the die hard Lennon fan who doesn't want to play his guitar! The 3/4 size neck is not for all. However, if you liked the 325 V'59 you will love this one - apart from the Kaufman of course which is a joke!!

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        5.0

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        By 325C58

        from New York City

        I am not a professional guitar player - which means I do not earn a living playing music. I do, however, consider myself a professional enthusiast player. In that vein, I hve owned many guitars, but none are as fun and easy to play as my 325C58. It's quite versatile and most comfortable. I have long been a fan of the 325 Ric, but this has become my favorite guitar of all-time.Rickenbacker has now discontinued production, but there a re a few left in the pipeline to buy new, and I highly recommend you act before all that is left is used. Speaking of used, the prices have climbed, and they aren't regularly available either.

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        5.0

        The Rick 325c58

        I`m a 60`s country & 50`s rock picker, I`ve read where this guitar is mostly a rhythm guitar, thats only because John Lennon used it for that, In fact this guitasr has a better string bending neck for lead guitar sound than a Strat. the neck is short & the strings bend easier , you can use a fatter guage string & still bend it easily. The guitar is great , The only thing is the price, it needs to be more affordablde.Dan electricbanjoman

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        5.0

        Cheetah Ric

        By STEPHEN GATLIN

        from Haverford ,PA

        I've owned a Ric 330 and and 350. I had problems with both of them. Not serious problems, nothing that wasn't fixed with a good set-up. Although, truthfully, I did not enjoy playing the 350. It just didn't feel right. The 330 I still have and I love it.But this 325 is somehow (hold on, guys) surreal. As Pete Townsend said, it is indeed the violin of guitars. Out of the box, the guitar was perfect. I tuned it a bit, which is all it needed, and--perfection. The 325 is unique. There is nothing like it. In the true sense of this good word, the guitar is precious. It intones perfectly. The strings are close to the neck "out of the box". I have not yet had it "set-up" because I'm not sure it needs a set-up. I may change my mind. Probably a new set of strings very soon. I only got the guitar Friday.The tail-piece is a weak point. Ignore it or replace it. I choose to ignore it. As everyone knows, this is primarily a rhythm guitar, the coolest and best in the world. Enough said. Now a question.Why so early on did Ric decide to build such a small guitar? If you strip away all its Beatle associations (pretend John Lennon never bought one), this might be classified as a student-sized guitar. The perfect guitar for a girl or boy with small fingers! Yes. The action is fast for anyone, apart from someone with really big hands. But the question lingers. Any observations? I rate it as high as possible. Buy one if you can find one. The one I have (325C58) has been discontinued.

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        5.0

        Rickenbacker 325c58, good guitar, needs a setup

        By Joseph-aXOLS

        from Portland, OR

        I bought the C58 for the Beatles connection, but I've found it to be a really versatile guitar, that you can get a lot of sounds out of. Of course, the most famous use of this guitar is for cleanish rhythm, and it does that exceptionally well, but I have used mine with overdrive and found it to be very good for more modern rock tones. I also play mine for some country, it's got a twang not unlike a telecaster, but different and unique. I think the middle position on the pickup selector is the most useful, and most "traditional" sounding, though Lennon used the bridge pickup a lot on his second 325 on later Beatle recordings. Just remember this is not a balanced pickup set, so you lose some volume with only the bridge pickup--I think for live use I'll probably use a pedal to compensate. Still, the bridge tone is very bright without being ice-pick trebley, and probably the best to use with overdrive. Very good for bright rhythm, and I think it will be good for layering in recordings, plenty of spank to let you know it's there, without being overpowering. The only negatives I can offer is simply that my guitar needed to be set up out of the box. Ignoring the Kauffman issue--it's a lousy vibrato but this, afterall, a 100% reissue of the '58 guitar--my guitar needed the truss rods adjusted, the sharp fret ends smoothed, and adjustment at the nut. I use .13-.53 flatwounds and stay in tune just fine, with a low action. Overall, this a great guitar, and realistically any guitar you buy is probably going to need a setup, so I won't complain too much about that.

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        4.0

        It is a specialty guitar

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        This is a love it or hate it guitar. Isn't the best for the money, but for those who want a shorter scaled instrument (20 inches) it is the best available.

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        5.0

        Mike Isenberg on the Rick 325c58

        By Mike Isenberg

        from Hollywood, CA

        After having used several rick 325's over the years, the 325c58 jetglo is without question the King of the Rickenbackers and does not disappoint those looking for the Lennon sound of the early years. Bowtie bridge and bigsby are a must for the sound.This is a keeper! The 58 style pickups are outstanding. I've waited for this guitar since February 9, 1964 and it's definetly worth the wait! A jaw-dropper on stage.

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        2.0

        Good looks but average sound, poor playability.

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Great looking guitar, sadly it promises more than that what it can deliver. A little overpriced. It features a tremelo(Lennon changed his to a Bigsby) perhaps Rickenbacker should have offered the 325 identical to Lennon's in say 1963.Only for the die hard Lennon fan who doesn't want to play his guitar! The 3/4 size neck is not for all. However, if you liked the 325 V'59 you will love this one - apart from the Kaufman of course which is a joke!!

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        By shinkyru

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        Well built guitar. But who wants to play a tree stump? I would recommend this guitar for Andre The Giant.

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        5.0

        THE SOUND!

        By PeteVent-yZYyk

        from Staten Island, NY

        If you want that Lennon Pre-64 Ed Sullivan sound, this is the guitar! The short scale neck may not be for everyone (I happen to LOVE it!) but if you want to re-create the feel and sound, this is the axe. Great action too. Chord changes are a breeze.The Kaufman Vibrato is flimsy and can go in place of a Bigsby and a Bow Tie Bridge and Burns knobs.A great guitar for your Beatle lineup!

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        5.0

        Awesome guitars.

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Growing up in the same area as Lennon and the rest of the group you can't help but be a huge fan of The Beatles. Some mates and I perform gigs all across the area impersinating The Beatles. I am John in the group and I bought this Rick in Jetglo and put the bigsby on instead of the stock vibrola. It sounds amazing and really brings out those great early beatle tones. The short arm neck is perfect for doing fast scales and just your average strumming and is just overall comfortable. I've ran it through a Fender Deluxe and the Vox both sounding great. It's really a great way to go if you want those great Beatle sounds.

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