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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
 
4.9

(based on 88 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (8)
    • Small venues (7)
    • Jamming (6)
    • Recording (5)
    • Rock concerts (3)
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      • Experienced (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Know what to expect!

    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...Read complete review

    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!

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    330 Jetglo

    I bought this axe back in January 2004 and love the way it feels, looks, and sounds. It is well made and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a semi-hollow body...Read complete review

    I bought this axe back in January 2004 and love the way it feels, looks, and sounds. It is well made and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a semi-hollow body with a vintage sound.

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    5.0

    Unique looks and sound!

    By JGab

    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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    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.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A beautiful Rickenbacker

    By Pimpernel Smith

    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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      5.0

      Rickenbacker 330

      By John

      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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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Would like for the action to be closer

        By sandy50

        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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        5.0

        Better than described

        By The Walrus

        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 JayTea

          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 Tonto1967

          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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            5.0

            My new favorite!

            By TTC

            from south Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great Finish
            • Solid Electronics
            • Well balanced

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Rickenbacker 330 Electric Guitar:

              Excellent quality, absolutely no flaws. Set up was nearly perfect right out of the case. Fifty years of playing mostly Fenders, now this is my favorite electric guitar. The tone blender for using both pickups allows amazing tone shaping. Very versatile, a joy to play.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Rock'N'Roll

              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.

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