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The Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar gives you that jangly, vintage electric 12-string tone that just can't be imitated. Solid maple semi-h...Click To Read More About This Product

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The world's most popular 12-string for nearly 40 years.

The Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar gives you that jangly, vintage electric 12-string tone that just can't be imitated. Solid maple semi-hollowbody construction with a through-body neck provides mesmerizing sustain and resonance. The fast-playing neck features double truss rods and a thick bound rosewood fretboard with triangular inlays. Dual single-coils and dual stereo outs for studio and stage versatility.

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FEATURES
Vintage electric 12-string tone
Solid maple semi-hollowbody construction
Through-body neck
Fast-playing neck with double truss rods
Mono and stereo outs
Includes case

Get the inspiring sound of hits gone by and those to come. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Body Type: Semi-Acoustic
No. Frets: 24
Scale Length: 62.9 cm (24 3/4'')
Neck Width at Nut: 41.4 mm (1.63'')
Neck Width at 12th Fret: 49.05 mm (1 .931'')
Crown Radius: 25.4 cm (10'')
Body Wood: Maple
Neck Wood: Maple
Fingerboard Wood: Rosewood
Weight: 3.6 kg (8.0 lbs.)
Overall Length: 101.6 cm (40'')
Overall Width: 38.1 cm (15'')
Overall Depth: 38.1 mm (1 1/2'')
Neck Binding: Yes
Fret Marker Style: Triangle
Tailpiece: ''R''
Bridge: 6 Saddle
Neck Typ:e Set-in
No. of Pickups: 2
Type of Pickups: Hi-gain
Output Type: Mono and Stereo
Machine Heads: Schaller
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Rickenbacker360 12-String Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (15)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good pick up (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Recording (10)
  • Rock concerts (7)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Rick 360 12 great guitar with caveats

The RICKENBACKER 360/12 is one great guitar. The fit and finish of my particular model was and still is perfect. It is one very meticulously made instrument. As one or two reviewers...Read complete review

The RICKENBACKER 360/12 is one great guitar. The fit and finish of my particular model was and still is perfect. It is one very meticulously made instrument. As one or two reviewers have mentioned, there is a paint odor that can be noticed on some of the instruments. It doesn't really bother me, but you find it offensive, you can always air the case for a few hours and the odor will evaporate. Of greater concern, however, is the difference between the 'vintage' pickups which are narrow band high gain pickups and NOT the pickups Jim McGuin of the Byrds got in the mid-60's with his sweet sounding, chiming Ricks. You can check with John Hall of Rickenbacker and he can verify that the Byrds Ricks had toaster low gain pickups, with a broader, sweeter frequency range, so you May not be able to get that perfect tone you think you might get. You will probably need to get and use a good compressor to get your jangly notes to sustain the way Harrison and the Byrds were able to. There are a couple of good Rick parts suppliers that can sell the original 60's toaster pickups and the .0047 MF capacitor recommended to get the bright tone of the Byrds. I will try to modify my analysis after I get my toaster p/up as I am still waiting at this point. Rickenbacker says the standard pickup (high gain) is more versatile, but I am looking more for the Byrds sweet 12 string chime, as opposed to a general one size fits all tone. We shall see. At any rate this is one very high quality well built, beautiful instrument and I am mighty proud to have it. Of course the Fender bandmaster amps with the wonderful Alnico JBL D-120 speakers are no longer widely available, so getting the exact Byrds tone may not be exactly possible. As far as the instrument itself, I cannot imagine any 12 string electric available to be a better investment than the Rick 360-12.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Some good, some bad...

Really, there isn't another guitar on the market that has this sound. That's a rare claim... there are plenty of instruments out there that can approximate a Strat or a Les Paul....Read complete review

Really, there isn't another guitar on the market that has this sound. That's a rare claim... there are plenty of instruments out there that can approximate a Strat or a Les Paul. But the Ric 12, that's an entirely different beast.

That's no excuse, though, for sloppy quality control and a bad setup.

The finish on this guitar (Fireglo, in this case) is outstanding: A brilliant red, fading to a slightly pinkish maple in the center. Construction seems excellent, as well. The electronics make all the right noises, but if you're coming to Ric from the Gibson or Fender camp, you'll need to adjust your thinking a smidge. Not a big deal. It's a quirky design on purpose.

One quirk, though, that needs to be addressed is the break angle at the headstock vs. the headstock's slots. The strings rub as they enter the slot on their way to the offsest posts within. It makes the second set of strings on this landmark 12-string seem like an afterthought. Come on, Mr. Hall! This should be fixable.

Another thing that Ric can and should fix is sloppy attention to detail. On my 360-12 (made in 2013), some of the position markers along the fingerboard's binding are way off-center. It looks, frankly, amateurish. Did someone let the intern install the markers on this guitar? Also, there's a red smudge (an errant bit of Fireglo) on the edge of the fingerboard that should have been cleared before the clearcoat was applied. Sloppy.

My last complaint has to do with setup, and we could debate whether the responsibility for this belongs with Ric or with MF/Private Reserve. The string height at the nut was clearly too high. Like, way too high. I debated returning the guitar, but opted instead to pay a local luthier (the excellent Bob Groat in Santa Rosa, CA) to cut the slots and set up the guitar. It's like buying a new BMW and needing to take it in for an alignment straight from the dealership. MF/Private Reserve should have caught this issue (and the flaws in the fingerboard edge) before boxing up the guitar and shipping it out.

I'm giving this one a two-star rating as a result. A guitar in this price range shouldn't leave the shop looking like a factory second. Ric has the market cornered on this kind of jingle-jangle, though, so what are you gonna do?

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(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Some good, some bad...

By Bronson

from Bay Area, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Campbell-approved
  • Good Tone
  • Jangle
  • Jingle

Cons

  • Design Needs Improvement
  • Terrible Setup

Best Uses

    Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

    Really, there isn't another guitar on the market that has this sound. That's a rare claim... there are plenty of instruments out there that can approximate a Strat or a Les Paul. But the Ric 12, that's an entirely different beast.

    That's no excuse, though, for sloppy quality control and a bad setup.

    The finish on this guitar (Fireglo, in this case) is outstanding: A brilliant red, fading to a slightly pinkish maple in the center. Construction seems excellent, as well. The electronics make all the right noises, but if you're coming to Ric from the Gibson or Fender camp, you'll need to adjust your thinking a smidge. Not a big deal. It's a quirky design on purpose.

    One quirk, though, that needs to be addressed is the break angle at the headstock vs. the headstock's slots. The strings rub as they enter the slot on their way to the offsest posts within. It makes the second set of strings on this landmark 12-string seem like an afterthought. Come on, Mr. Hall! This should be fixable.

    Another thing that Ric can and should fix is sloppy attention to detail. On my 360-12 (made in 2013), some of the position markers along the fingerboard's binding are way off-center. It looks, frankly, amateurish. Did someone let the intern install the markers on this guitar? Also, there's a red smudge (an errant bit of Fireglo) on the edge of the fingerboard that should have been cleared before the clearcoat was applied. Sloppy.

    My last complaint has to do with setup, and we could debate whether the responsibility for this belongs with Ric or with MF/Private Reserve. The string height at the nut was clearly too high. Like, way too high. I debated returning the guitar, but opted instead to pay a local luthier (the excellent Bob Groat in Santa Rosa, CA) to cut the slots and set up the guitar. It's like buying a new BMW and needing to take it in for an alignment straight from the dealership. MF/Private Reserve should have caught this issue (and the flaws in the fingerboard edge) before boxing up the guitar and shipping it out.

    I'm giving this one a two-star rating as a result. A guitar in this price range shouldn't leave the shop looking like a factory second. Ric has the market cornered on this kind of jingle-jangle, though, so what are you gonna do?

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rick 360 12 great guitar with caveats

    By Stratoblaster

    from Nashville

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

    The RICKENBACKER 360/12 is one great guitar. The fit and finish of my particular model was and still is perfect. It is one very meticulously made instrument. As one or two reviewers have mentioned, there is a paint odor that can be noticed on some of the instruments. It doesn't really bother me, but you find it offensive, you can always air the case for a few hours and the odor will evaporate. Of greater concern, however, is the difference between the 'vintage' pickups which are narrow band high gain pickups and NOT the pickups Jim McGuin of the Byrds got in the mid-60's with his sweet sounding, chiming Ricks. You can check with John Hall of Rickenbacker and he can verify that the Byrds Ricks had toaster low gain pickups, with a broader, sweeter frequency range, so you May not be able to get that perfect tone you think you might get. You will probably need to get and use a good compressor to get your jangly notes to sustain the way Harrison and the Byrds were able to. There are a couple of good Rick parts suppliers that can sell the original 60's toaster pickups and the .0047 MF capacitor recommended to get the bright tone of the Byrds. I will try to modify my analysis after I get my toaster p/up as I am still waiting at this point. Rickenbacker says the standard pickup (high gain) is more versatile, but I am looking more for the Byrds sweet 12 string chime, as opposed to a general one size fits all tone. We shall see. At any rate this is one very high quality well built, beautiful instrument and I am mighty proud to have it. Of course the Fender bandmaster amps with the wonderful Alnico JBL D-120 speakers are no longer widely available, so getting the exact Byrds tone may not be exactly possible. As far as the instrument itself, I cannot imagine any 12 string electric available to be a better investment than the Rick 360-12.

    (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    poorly built guitar

    By none

    from Cleveland Ohio

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

        I really wanted this guitar. But the G strings if tuned open are out of tuned played. Need 12 string saddles. The bridge pickup, very little sound. All this out of the box. To get it repaired must go back to the factory.

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Gorgeous looks, beautiful sound, but...

        By Bodhi

        from Raleigh, NC

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

          I always wanted one of these. The Byrds were a favorite band when I was a kid. And the way George Harrison played it. And later, Tom Petty.

          Beautiful sound, gorgeous looks (I got the mapleglo), but a few difficulties. I debated about sending it back.

          You all know what this thing can sound like. There are numerous YouTube vids of demos. And this Ric (or similar models) have been used by famous performers (you know who they are). The jangle - the chime - you can't manufacture it with floor pedals (not even the Jangle Box). This is a sound that you can't mimic with any other guitar I know of. I only found two problems with it:

          Buzz on the low E. And it gets much worse when I tune to drop D (which I love to do). I will ask my local luthier if he can alleviate it. But I would expect something like that to not happen out of the box for a guitar of this caliber.

          The neck is very narrow (1.63"). I'm used to fingerpicking an acoustic 12-string with a neck width of 1 15/16". I was almost ready to send it back for either the 660/12 or maybe the Gretsch 12-string. But I slowly started developing ability to play this thing. (I've read it's a beast to restring - can't wait for that).

          MF absolutely rocks when it comes to beating everyone else's prices. I'm basically stoked, but I haven't taken it to the luthier yet to see about the buzz (I was waiting till I decided if it was too narrow for my liking).

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          You'll need to put some work into it

          By H2K

          from Richmond, VA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Intonation problems
          • Needs setup
          • Replace pickups

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

          I waited nearly a year for this guitar. I've always wanted a 12-string - and being into the Byrds, Beatles, Petty, 60s music, I decided to go with Rickenbacker. The guitar is well made. The craftspeople at Rickenbacker know what they are doing. When the guitar arrived, the fit and finish was very good. But it didn't take long to notice the intonation problems. The individual saddles are not adjustable per string - they adjust in pairs. So, you have a thick string and a thin string riding the same saddle and you have to make compromises. String height is also important because when you press the string to the fret, too much finger pressure pulls the strings sharpe. Lastly, the "new" style pickups that come with the guitar, are OK, but the guitar doesn't sound jangley. You need to get a set of toaster pickups from Rickenbacker. They are not too difficult to install yourself, but allow a couple of hours. (They are not cheap.) The good news is that the guitar tech I use knows how to set these guitars up for proper intonation and string height and I'm having more fun with it now. But if your hands are of any size, be prepared to learn how to play all over again using your finger tips - as opposed to the flats of your fingers.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Holy Grail of Electric guitars

          By JangleHeart12

          from Somewhere in the Deep South

          Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

          The Rick 12 is quite simply the most beautiful guitar ever built...the FireGlow Red finish makes any stage look like Carnegie Hall, and the sound...well....hard to describe, but diamonds raining on cold silver bells does it for me. It is not insignificant that the first off prototype was given to George Harrison by the then CEO of the company, and George took it to his heart. Some of the Beatles greatest works have at their core, George's Rick 12. Jim McGuinn, now known as Roger, took the Rick 12 farther into history with every Byrds album he played, the versatility of the guitar reaching its zenith with "Eight MIles High", the Coltranesque jazzy psychedelic masterpiece written by McGuinn, Gene Clark and David Crosby. When you see a Rick 12 in real life, you'll know what I mean---it took my breath away back in 1966, and the one I bought in 1996 still blows me away. Buy the Janglebox or the DoD Milk Box compressor, and you will never hear a purer sustain or tone----the Rick 12 takes any song up several notches in the aural field....I'd buy another one if I could.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Case is REALLY solid...

          By Bones

          from Santa Cruz, CA

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          Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

          I did a review already but i had said that the case could be better. Now i'm revising my review. I did a garden party a couple weeks ago and a 5 year old kid comes and starts jumping up and down on my case! Man - i almost freaked! The parent came running and grabbed the kid and told them to stop but i was really worried that my case and 12-string Ric were damaged. NOT EVEN A SCRATCH! The case just needed a damp paper towel wipe off the dirt from the shoes. The Ric inside was not even touched. So - it seems these Ric cases are tougher than people are saying. I now revise my review to fives all across the board! This is a great guitar and the case is SOLID!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Dream 12-string...complicated

          By Bones

          from Santa Cruz, CA

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          Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

          I got a mapleglo in 2009 after waiting for a year. Now you can get Rics all over due to the economic slowdown. This is a dream 12-string. Yeah - it has a few quirks but nothing that can't be overcome. Mine came with the truss rod not adjusted and the strings were pretty loose. I think they have to ship it that way to prevent damage. I had to tighten the dual truss rods before tuning to pitch and then after tuning to pitch i had to tighten them a bit more to get the neck almost dead straight (recommended in the manual). It didn't come with a truss rod wrench (??) so i used a small wrench with a quarter inch socket. It's a bit of a pain - you have to loosen the strings and move the middle sets of strings off the nut to the side to get the truss rod cover off. Then, after you finally get the truss rod adjusted you'll have to loosen the middle strings yet again and move them to the sides to get the cover back on and retune. You might have to do this procedure 3-4 times till you finally get it adjusted. If you aren't patient enough to do this then pay someone. The strings are close together so if you have really big hands this may not be the 12-string for you. I have medium hands and had to adjust my playing style a bit but it was worth it. The finish is "Stunning". Ric does a fantastic job on these. The sound is pure Heaven - with some compression and a loud clear amp like a Twin it sound fantastic! This is a great guitar for folk rock, 60s rock, and alt stuff. A nice feature is the blend knob. It's the small fifth knob. In the middle pup switch setting it allows you to blend in any combo of the neck/bridge pup. Plus there is "Ric-O-Sound" which is a stereo output the sends the sound of the neck to one side and the bridge to another. I haven't had a chance to use it since i need to get a stereo to left/right mono splitter cable but i bet sounds fantastic through 2 amps. All - in all this is a great 12 string - not for everyone - but if you've always wanted to get that Roger McGuinn ethereal sound i would snap one of these babies up before they start to be hard to find again.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          mtplayer

          By Michael Toncar

          from Cincinnati, OH

          Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

          In my consideration of a 12 string guitar I admittedly considered looking at a number of other brands that were less expensive. . I feel that this is the wrong way to go about purchasing something, I wanted a guitar that would both appreciate in value and provide me with the pleasure of a great playing experience now. The Rickenbacher 360-12 is that type of instrument. Even the staff at the shop were I had the guitar set up had a "wow" moment just looking at it. Ican't say that for very many other guitars. This is an instrument for those who are serious about music.
          I was impressed with this instrument but felt it was out of my price range. However, my wife decided that this would be the perfect gift. She was right! Even just out of the package, I had to admore the beauty of craftsmanship. This action was a bit high and I took the advice of many others who reviewed this guitar and had it professionally set up by a lautest thst I have used before. Now it plays beautifully.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Always Satisfied

          By chuck_1953

          from Saint Joseph MO

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Recording

            Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

            It's a Rickenbacker 12 string! What else can I say?

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great guitar but..................................

            By Johnny Whippersnapper

            from Muskegon, Michigan

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            Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

            This is a great guitar but on the other hand it is not for every guitar players palate. If you have large hands/fingers, this is not the guitar for you because of its extremely thin neck. Just to play simple chords will not be easy. For instance the A major chord you will find yourself non-intentionally muting other strings. If you really want to own/play a Rickenbacker 12 string guitar, may I suggest the 660/12(Tom Petty's Model)because it has a much thicker/wider neck and it does come standard from the factory with vintage(toaster)pickups and a 12 saddle bridge. The 360/12, standard from the factory comes with high gain pickups(which are very disappointing)and a 6 saddle bridge. With the 6 saddle bridge you will play h** trying to get this guitar to intonate properly. If you have the chance to play a 360/12 vs. a 660/12 you will see what I mean. The 660/12 is a far better guitar in the long run and a very cool 50's retro look that will definitely light your Fire(glo). I rest my case.

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Rikki 360-12

            By Builder

            from Southern Pines, NC

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            Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

            This amazing insturment in enshrined in recording and performing history. It is a Rock and Roll Star all by itself. The guiter was always the star, the players were lucky to have it available.
            From the first time I heard one I wanted one. At that age I was a working musician- We did all the Byrds songs with the '6 strings' I added to a Wilshire style single PU Epi- their answer to an Esquire (wish I had it today). Played thru Super Beatles no pedals- we had 4 Hammond Beatles, 1 solid back for bass.I have had my Mapleglo for 25+ years now. The odd thing about it is, all hardware is BLACK... never seen another. I had been playing 12 string acoustics and acoustic electrics for years. Have an Aspen EPI-1275 with the original distance between the trapeze and the bridge. Still could never be a RIC.But, here's a surprise; if you can't afford a RIC right now, you'll be amazed at the Dean 12 string for $200 or so. I just love playing that guitar and it will jingle, fabulous and unexpected. A MF close out, primo red/flame maple top and paint.I've had the Ric out of the case one day in 4 years, just to tune it, fool around with Turn, Turn Turn, look at it and return to the case. With the factory black hardware on the maple it's really near a one off.
            Playing since I was 14, now 63 retired since 50. Just finally stopped trading (never a seller) in 1975- Playing keeps you young and sharp and interested! All Good Fortune-
            Workmanship and sound uniqueness, playability
            On-of-a-Kind--- It's either a Rikki or it's a12-string something....else

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Challenging- But worth it!

            By Rickendiver

            from Livermore, CA

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Playability
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • "R" Tail Piece
            • Factory Setup

            Best Uses

            • Bands
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

            Mine is a 97 Fireglo that I bought new from MF. Coming from mainly a blues background, it's taken me quite a while to dial in playing technique to get the sounds that I wanted out of this guitar. The neck is narrow and requires some adaptation to fret the strings cleanly. I play it most every day now, and I'm totally immersed in the Ric-12 sound! I swapped out the Hi gain pickups with toasters, changed to TI flat wound strings, and replaced the "R" tailpiece with a Winfield Harp replacement. My amp is a Vox AC15-TBX, and I play through a Janglebox compressor pedal. Byrds, Petty/Campbell, Beatles sounds are all right there.

            Pros: Nothing else sounds like a Ric 12! Chime and jangle abound
            Playability is excellent- once you get used to it.
            Fit and finish is superb. The guitar really is a work of art

            Cons: Out of the box, the guitar needed quite a bit of setup adjustment with the dual truss rods and bridge height settings.
            "R" tailpiece is inadequately designed for the increased tension of 12 strings (IMHO). Mine fractured catastrophically after about 12 years. From reading blogs, this happens to a lot of Ric 12 owners.

            I still give it 5 stars, because the pros way outweigh the cons. (And I'm a total Ric fanboy)

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Finicky but incomparable

            By RicFan

            from Oregon

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            Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

            I've owned several Ric 12 strings. Latest is this newer, gorgeous 360-12 in fireglo. Bought it used but in pristine condition and the previous owner knew how to set these things up - which the factory does NOT do. One trick for intonation is to use the thinnest wound third you can find - typically .017. My previous Ric 12s needed the 12 saddle bridge retrofit to intonate. This one didn't. Strings are a bit bunched up but the sound is incomparable and timeless. Build quality is superb - better than the older ones.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Put in the time, it's worth it !

            By Anonymous

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            Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

            Roger " Jim" McGuinn (Byrds),Hilton Valentine (Animals), Carl Wilson (Beach Boys), George Harrison (Beatles): all inspired me to buy a Ric 12.The first three above mentioned players were all inspired to do so by Harrison, when Rickenbacker pulled one of the smartest marketing ploys of all time, and gave him one during a press conference at the height of Beatlemania(McCartney's reaction was 'Where's mine ?') My Ric 12 is Mapleglo like McGuinn's 360-122 pickup off the first Byrd's album.(He later switched to the 3 pickup 370-12, also Mapleglo)Bought mine 24 years ago and it still plays,looks and feels great.Recently bought the "Ric-o-sound"box. All it does is send the neck pickup to one channel(or amp)and the bridge pickup to another. The sound that my friends and I all thought came from that special Ric-o-sound jack actually came from the characteristics of the stock instrument , combined with the talent..and dedication..of the player.That is what it takes; yes, the strings are a little bunched together,and the sound will not be clean without a certain amount of string height...like any other guitar. It's not going to play itself.I also would not recommend it as a first,or only,guitar.Especially to a new player.Everyone has to go through finger pain and muscle soreness to build up our chops, much like a horn player develops a lip.Instead of one 'little slit' on each fingertip,you'll have two.Get over it, or take up the flute. Adjust your bridge to the intonation of the 6 primary strings,(better still, take it to a luthier) then when you tune up the "octave" strings the slight difference in pitch IS WHAT GIVES IT THE "JINGLE JANGLE" RIC 12 SOUND"! I know professional players,including myself, who intentionally very slightly detune the second high E and B strings, in order to make them sound more like the other four string pairs.Otherwise the E's and B's sound too pure (like one single string)instead of that fuller harmonic sound that we all want from a 12 string guitar.Also keep in mind that if you plug a standard patch chord into the stereo "Ric-o-sound" jack, it will only put out one pickup electronically. Use the standard jack for standard playing. This is one of the most impressively beautiful guitars ever made, even to non-guitar player observers. Yes, it is a status symbol, but as Dwayne Allman once said in "Rolling Stone" magaqzine..."Don't play in my band if you came here to show off your clothes !" If you really play and would love to own a Ric 360-12, put in the time,it's worth it !

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            360/12 Fireglo

            By Paririe Dog

            from Ooltewah, Tennessee

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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 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

              One of the tone knobs (treble) was chipped and was not properly attached (set screw was loose). I would have never noticed the tiny chip if the knob had not been loose. Customer service sent a replacement knob.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very Satisfied

              By Jumpmaster

              from Milwaukee Area

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

                This is the first time I've ordered from Musicians Friend. Talked to an agent on the phone and everything from ordering, packing, delivery and shipping the right item went just as it should. This new guitar is great and love the sound. It will add to my collection nicely.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Secret Weapon What a Guitar

                By Steveaz524

                from Cottonwood Arizona

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Not Setiup

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

                Love my Guitar. it plays perfect. you will have to have it setup when you buy one..

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Simply Awesome Instrument

                By CollegeTownMike

                from Champaign, IL

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

                  I have wanted a Rik since I saw George Harrisons and listened to Jim McGuinn play his with the Byrds. This is by far the finest instrument I have owned and the tone is simply amazing. I keep coming up with cool ways to use the sound in my music.

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  everything I allways wanted and more.

                  By snakeproof

                  from Bradenton, Fl.

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                  Pros

                  • Ease Of Playability
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

                    Don't know why I waited so long to buy one.

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