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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 102 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Solid electronics (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (19)
  • Jamming (18)
  • Recording (16)
  • Rock concerts (15)
  • Small venues (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (3)

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Like it Better than a 360

By OttoMatick-o23Xt

from Seattle, WA

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Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

Seriously beautiful made in USA guitar. Fit and finish on my Fire Glow excellent. Other than on the owners warrenty card I could not a serial number on the guitar anyplace. Sounds excellent through or without amp. If I only had to keep one guitar, the RIcky might be the one.
Slimeline hollw body 2 single coil pickup guitar perfect for Byrds,CCR, Petty, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakum or any such folk rock country music you may play. Carved from a single piece of maple with a fitted maple top and neck with rosewood fret board. I think this fits better in your lap and less prone to slide off than the rounded edge body of the 360.
The tone knobs are on the top and volume knobs on bottom, reverse of most guitar electronics. No buzz, no hiss, wiring fine. Everything perfect. Lowered action about 1/32 inch or 1-2 mm and put 9s on mine. Use pure nickle strings for incredible single coil jangle and use 9 strings for some extra twang..
no buyers remorse, a real keeper and value improves with age. Ricky's seem to hold on to resale value. Compared to a new gibby 335, this has some serious bang for the buck and should be on everyones contender list for those wanting a hollow body electric.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Ric 6 string ever...

By Bones

from Santa Cruz, CA

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Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

OK - where to start? I already had a black Ric 360 so I'm happily surprised with this 330. The finish (FireGlow) is surperb as all Rics are. The thing is - it's even nicer than my 360. I really like the neck with just the dot markers and the light rosewood grain really shows through. It plays like a dream. The neck seems just a tad wider than the 360 but according to the Ric website they are the same? Oh well - for some reason I don't feel like i'm fighting to keep my fingers from bumping into each other on the 330. It was set up well with maybe a higher action than some people would care for but still reasonable. The two high- gain pups are consistent from bridge to neck. Warning - this is not really a good "metal" or "hard rock" guitar - this is the one for that chiming, ring and sustain you need for classic rock, alt, folk-rock. It can do some distortion but not the best for heavy gain or metal. Plus the look says Beatles, Byrds, CCR, etc. This was "the" guitar to have in the mid 60s to early 70s. After that it kind of died off until Tom Petty and others brought it back. The FireGlow is THE one to get - it's finish is so sweet. The JetGlow (black) is also way cool. But if you can get a FG go for it - you won't be sorry. Some folks have complained about the action, set up out of the box. That's not a problem - they give you the wrenches and the manual shows you how to adjust the truss rod and the action so with a little work you should be able to set it up easily. It may take a few tries as the neck will need to re-set between adjustments so if you over-adjust then check it a few days later and it's off then re-do it. It took me 3 tries till i finally got the neck to set in. Since then it's been rock solid. I highly recommend the 330 FG if you can swing it. Cheers!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unique looks and sound!

By JGab

from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Canada

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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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fabulous like nothing else

By toneseekingpickle-P_gJa

from Bangkok Thailand

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Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

The 330 is a wonderful instrument. I ordered a Fireglo (from MF great price and great service). I opened the case and wow ! I own some nice guitars by Gibson, Fender and Fender Custom shop. But the finish on the 330 was just so striking. The quality of the workmanship is really something you have to see. The photos just do not do any justice to the beauty of a Ric. The action was set perfect out of the box. I plugged it into my practice rig (cube street, Boss ME - 50) and was just blown away by the sound (Jangle loud and clear). The note definition in particular is something to be enjoyed. In my tube amps Marshall JVM410 and Fender Supersonic... it is simply amazing. This instrument is much more versatile than you expect. Overdriven and Crunch Tones ! Cool ! I cannot recommend the 330 enough. And compared to an American Tele, the price / quality sum is really good. Do yourself a favour... you wont regret it. I love it and so will you.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's good enough for Thom Yorke

By That_Guy

from Helena, AL

Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

This guitar is sweet. Rickenbacker makes guitars like no one else. They invented the electric guitar, so how could you go wrong with them? This guitar sings. The hi-gain single coils are very versatile and will not disappoint, clean or dirty. Many people think you can only get Beatle or British Invasion tones from a Rickenbacker, but that is simply not the case. It's a guitar to own and keep.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rock'N'Roll

By That Kid With The Guitar You're Reading About

from Freehold, NJ

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Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

Let me start by saying I've wanted a Rickenbacker guitar since I was 17, ever since I saw Tom Gabel from Against Me! with his Rickenbacker 360. This was 7 years ago before that band turned into pop ballad playing sellouts. 7 years later, while not the 360 of my teenage dreams, this Mapleglo 330 was all that and more! I just could NOT walk away from this guitar. It still has the crazy looks, it still sounds AWESOME shredding folk-punk like a maniac on it, and it still brings me an IMMENSE level of joy to say I own a Rickenbacker. All my guitar buddies HATE me because I own this guitar and they don't. No joke. I could NOT be happier with this guitar. Nothing even comes close to this. I thought about a Casino because its more budget friendly and still an amazing guitar, but I would still want the Ric eventually anyway, so I went and cut the middle man and went straight to the Rickenbacker. Greatest decision ever. This is the guitar that revived my passion for playing music!
Maplego is GORGEOUS in person. Just absolutely STUNNING! The single coil pickups? AWESOME. From beautiful cleans to blistering punk blasting distortion, and all in STYLE! The whole shape and look of this guitar commands serious respect. To own one is to be a part of a special level of players who have to have a certain look to meet their certain style.
Just hold one. I did. I played it and played it, tried talking myself out of it because of the price tag, but alas, IT JUST FEELS SO GOOD, I walked out of there that day with it. Actually did get a great deal on it, used, and WITH the Ric hardshell case included for about $1600 all together. Everything comes together with the American quality of this guitar, right down to the smallest detail, you won't be dissappointed!
Like I said before, I got a really great deal. Its not often you see a Ric IN PERSON for that kind of price AND with the hardshell case thrown in.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Know what to expect!

By Esquire4215

from White Lake, MI

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Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

Before you buy this insturment, "learn the insturment". By this, I mean know the 330 for what it is. I was lucky- I only had to wait to weeks for mine!!! Got it from my local music store, took it home- cool. I can't say enough positive comments about it. I did run into two slight problems: 1., the bridge has this strange buzz/ rattle. It was happening before and after I had it setup. 2., The bridge pickup on mine is very low output, which isn't correct. The neck pickup is twice as loud! The bridge pickup on all 300 Series Rickenbacker guitars have an extremly high out bridge pickup, which is one key trademark Rickenbacker is known for. I've played other 330's, and my friend just recieved his 330- it dosen't have the pickup problem, but it does have the bridge buzz/rattle problem, but his hasn't been setup yet. So, with that, I sent Rickenback several E-mails about two weeks ago, none of which they have to replied to yet. I feel that with such a name as Rickenbacker, they would be on to of such issues- I guess not. I feel neglected as a coustmer and am not certain of buying another Rickenbacker product in the future. My next move may be to purchase the classic toaster pickups, have them installed, and take my 330 somewhere else to have it "properly" setup. This insturment shouldn't be having these problems. But on the lighter side of it, the guitar is great. Neck feels amazing; its very "fat" horizontally, but as for the fret board, it is decently narrow, which feels so right to me as a rhythm player. Build is great, feels like an aircraft carrier (not a tank!!!), and the finish is immaculent, but may be found difficult to maintain, as for it shows dirt, oil, etc... easy. Holds tune unbelievable well, and the body is very comfortable- not to heavy. As for they fret board, I don't understand why so many people run into problems with it, it feels similar to most maple necks, although it potrays the characteristics of the rosewood neck. It's not difficult to play at all. Overall, I would highly recommend this guitar, just make sure you know what you're purchasing and be sten with coustmer sevrice!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful looks and sounds

By Fender fan-qhC8H

from Memphis, TN

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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.

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Would like for the action to be closer

    By sandy50

    from Natchez,MS

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    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

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Experience

    By JayTea

    from NJ

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    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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Feel !

    By Tonto1967

    from Bellaire Mi.

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    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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A True Classic

      By Chris Jackson

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

      This is my third Rickenbacker (2nd 330) since 1991. Extremely well crafted, Great value for an American made guitar. You can't go wrong.

      Might switch high gains for toaster pups which tend to be a little brighter/fuller.

      On a side note: The first 330 Musicians Friend sent was damaged, small crack near neck pickup. Looked like a factory error. MF replaced it quickly, great customer service! Second one arrived in perfect condition.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Rick has the quality and tone.

      By Radman

      from Macomb, Michigan

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      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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A beautiful Rickenbacker

      By Pimpernel Smith

      from In the Pond

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      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?

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Rickenbacker 330

        By John

        from Virginia

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        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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          RIC

          By Orville Rickenbacker

          from Picayune, MS

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          Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

          Excellent guitar! Just recieved mine yesterday and I can't put it down. Don't let anyone tell you this guitar is limited to playing only a few genres of music. Or that you can't play leads on it. This thing has a vast array of tones and with the right effects pedals you can play whatever genre you're interested in. And unless you have cucumbers for fingers, leads are Not a problem. I've been playing mine through a EH TubeZipper and a MXR Dyna Comp and it has produced magnificant tones. And since I'm into all genres of music I've got a lot of experimenting left to do with the tones on this thing. Excellent axe! If you've been dreaming about this guitar for as long as I have, have no fear, fork out the money and you'll see.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          yea baby yea!

          By papa chote

          from newport beach, CA

          Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

          I bought the maple glow back in '01. It?s a gorgeous finish and easy on the hands. Shorter scale neck makes it easier to navigate on a dark stage. I have posters of Pete Townsend playing the same thing when he was a kid back in the 60's.very cool. Clean this thing sings. Overdriven you can get this "Who/Stooges? grind that makes me want to cry. Feedback can be a drag on stage. Pull back the gain and it's manageable. The best feedback fix is to turn the volume knob down between songs and let it vibe during the tune, very dramatic. Don't get this guitar, I like being the only guy in town with this.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Simply put...this guitar rules

          By bw120205

          from Akron, OH

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          Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

          This is one of the highest quality guitars I've ever played in its price range. It feels, looks, sounds, and has overall craftsmanship of a guitar twice its price. I found the Ric 330 to be sorta hard to get used to when I first got it, since I was used to Strats. With time you learn to appreciate and love the way the Ric is designed. I took off the metal thing over the bridge which makes palm muting a hell of a lot easier. The only downside is that its a pain to re-string it because of the floating tremolo, but this is a minor flaw in the design of a timeless guitar. The neck feels great and the scale length is really unique. I do actually use all 24 frets so I find that feature to be really sweet. Simply put, this is a beautiful, classic guitar that is hard not to love.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A gem that plays beautifully properly set up

          By STEPHEN GATLIN

          from Haverford ,PA

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          Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

          I love this guitar. But then I'm one of those guys loves Rics. I also own the 350. Both guitars play well, ONCE they are set up right. Getting the string height balanced is good fun! But both the 350 and the 330 are gems. Buy one. Truth to tell, both play better than the overpriced munchkin Lennon actually played--the 325. In my hands this latter guitar is a toy. But I realize, too, it's favorable qualities. It's playability if you're a small person.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rickenbacker 330FG 6-string

          By wilbillnc

          from North Carolina

          Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

          This guitar was my retirement present to myself. I haven't played much for the past several years, but now I have time and figured a Ricky would add to my enjoyment. It does.I ordered from Musician's Friend and received the guitar promptly. Like other reviewers Rickenbacker set my guitar up just about perfectly. The hand applied finish is incredible and always draws comments from anyone who sees it. The neck is a joy to play and the sound is authentic Rickenbacker "jingle-jangle". I couldn't ask for more. As others have found, there's a little buzz occasionaly, but it's minor and not audible through the amp. One of these days, I'll try lowering the neck pickup a fraction. I'm pretty sure that'll cure the buzz. Hard not to recommend this guitar highly.

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