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Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar   

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Its unique hollowbody construction, slim neck, and all-around contoured body make Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar so comfortable and so easy to play...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A rock classic from the '60s that's still a favorite today.

Its unique hollowbody construction, slim neck, and all-around contoured body make Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar so comfortable and so easy to play that it has held its status as one of the great guitars over decades. Its body is carved from a single piece of maple and precision-fitted with a solid back. The maple and rosewood neck features dual truss rods and a rosewood fingerboard with dot markers. Single-coil pickups deliver an output range from clear, ringing tone to saturated overdrive. Includes case.

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FEATURES
  • Semi-hollowbody
  • Playable slim neck
  • Comfortable, all-around contoured body
  • Body is carved from a single piece of maple
  • Maple neck features dual truss rods and a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • Single-coil pickups deliver an output range from clean tones to biting overdrive
  • Include case

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Rickenbacker330 Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (87)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (5)
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5.0

Glorious. Plays Like a Dream.

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from Denver, CO

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Knobsswitch Feel Cheap
  • Knobs Switch Feel Cheap

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

The minute the Rickenbacker arrived, I tore open the box and plugged it in. Right away, I could hear that perfect Ric tone, even through a garbage 15w amp. The fretboard and action are pretty spot on for me.

Overall, I was incredibly thrilled with the factory setup and haven't actually changed a thing on it.

So far, the only downsides I've found are pretty common complaints. The knobs and switch do feel a little cheap, especially in comparison to the rest of the instrument. The 330 does do a pretty good job of staying in tune but now and again the B string will just wonk out. This may be due to the amount of work I put on that string (I don't feel like I do anything extra there but I've got to try and be objective) OR the fact that Colorado can be pretty volatile with guitars if they're not being humidified all the time.

At the end of the day, I got an instrument I've wanted since I was about 6 years old and I can honestly say that my next guitar will almost certainly also be a Rickenbacker.

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5.0

Beautiful looks and sounds

By 

from Memphis, TN

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

    This is my second Ric (I also own a 360), and they sound almost identical, which is a tribute to Rickenbacker quality control. Both are gorgeous instruments without a flaw. Both arrived with nearly perfect setups, though I ended up putting on lighter gauge strings. I doubt I have to describe the sound to you. Most people call it "jangly", but I find it more "chimey". It's tone is as unique as a strat or tele. I love it.

    While I love the Ric sound I find to get the very best out of it requires a certain amount of compression. That's not a bad thing, just a bit of a caveat if you don't already know. I know a lot of players use a Jangle Box to cover that.

    To sum up, this is a pro-level instrument and there's a reason it has so many 5 star reviews.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unique looks and sound!

    By 

    from Saskatchewan, Canada

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy to play
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Price

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

    I have owned this guitar since 2006, and it is just a fabulous guitar. I own Gibsons (Les Paul and SG), a PRS McCarthy Hollowbody 1, and this guitar is right up there for tone and above them for looks. Regarding looks it is my favorite guitar to look at (Fireglo finish). Playability is excellent. Has a very unique sound. I play it through a 1976 Fender Vibrolux and a couple Marshall 2204 amps. Has a nice woody sound. Not as jangly as most people describe it. The sound is very unique. It does what it does and that is what can make your tone/sound unique. Its only limits are ones people set for it, and by that I mean you have to spend time with it to dial it in with your amp of choise. A great tube amp does it wonders. If you have limited experience with a 330 then it may not give you what you want. Be patient with it and think outside the box. It does a lot more than the Beatles.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rick has the quality and tone.

    By 

    from Macomb, Michigan

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    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • A Sweet Fireglow Finish
    • Awesome Tone
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Well Made Guitar

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Covers A Lot Tonal Ground
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

    The 2014 Rick 330 is a fine instrument. Its a great guitar to own and its also more versatile than some people give it credit for.

    The build quality is high and the factory setup was good. I did lower my neck pickup down for more definition. Its a matter of fine tuning to your amp arrangements. The guitar delivers the goods just learn how to use the tone,volume and blender pots to customze your sound for the amp you are using and the type of song you are playing.

    I really like having a the 330 six string to go with my 660 12 string and it's a nice addition to my hord of Fender and Gibsons. Get a piece of American music history with a nice USA made Rickenbacker.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A beautiful Rickenbacker

    By 

    from In the Pond

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

      Rickenbacker has always built beautiful instruments, and this 330 is no exception. The instrument arrived quickly and within the Rickenbacker fitted, black, rectangular case.
      Though it was sold to me as a shop demo model, I could not find a mark, smudge, nick, or another imperfection on it. It did require a good set up, though. I adjusted the double truss rods to achieve a nearly flat fret neck, and adjusted the bridge to get a 1.8 mm action at the 12th.
      The result was perfect.
      The instrument plays with the unique ease and pleasure that Rickenbackers are known for, and of course, it has the Rickenbacker sound. The knobs are logical, and are very effective. I play through a Vox Cambridge amp.
      I chose the 330 model because it sits better on your lap than the 360 does, with its rounded edges. I also like the look of the 330 with its carved maple top and its gleaming Fireglo finish.
      Did I mention its beautiful?

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Rickenbacker 330

      By 

      from Virginia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

        There has been more than one time I have played my 330 without having plugged it in to an amplifier - that is how good the sound is on this guitar. The one I own is a red fire glow but when you turn it over, the backside is half fireglow/sunburst and half tiger stripe (see photo). This may have been a mistake on the part of the manufacturer but it DOES make it a very unique and maybe even one-of-a-kind guitar.

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        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Would like for the action to be closer

        By 

        from Natchez,MS

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        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Great fit and finish

        Cons

        • Had To Set The Action

        Best Uses

        • Plat Locally
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

        Nice guitar,price a little high for what it is

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Better than described

        By 

        from Deetroit Rock City, Michigan

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

          I always wanted to own a genuine Rick and the
          price was right so I invested and was not
          dissappointed.
          The shipping was fast and I was pleasantly
          surprised at the almost new condition the guitar
          arrived in...almost no signs of play wear and
          exceptionally clean for a "level 2, gently used"
          guitar.
          After a few tweaks (action adjustment), I
          plugged it into my Vox AC4 and hit the opening
          chord to "Hard days' Night"...sweet!
          It sounded just like a Ric should sound.
          I like the blend knob for mixing the pups'
          output and the fast smooth feel of the neck
          finish.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Experience

          By 

          from NJ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Craftsmanship

          Cons

          • no cons

          Best Uses

          • Big venues
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

          Love this guitar. I played Gibson SG, Fender Tele and Hofner President for many years both professionally and for fun but this sounds very different. Beautiful rich warm tone, excellent craftsmanship, looks cool, superb playability.
          If you buy one new I would recommend a professional set up, maybe an hour at most, just to set up the neck and intonation. This guitar has dual truss rods which is great for rigidity but needs thought before doing an adjustment.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Feel !

          By 

          from Bellaire Mi.

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

            I,m strictly a rythym guitar player. Most comfortable guitar i,ve played.

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