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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...Read More

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OVERVIEW

One of 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. Includes case.

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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

360 12-String Electric Guitar

  • 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 77 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (8)
    • Practicing (8)
    • Recording (6)
    • Rock concerts (4)
    • Small venues (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

    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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    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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    5.0

    Very Satisfied

    By Jumpmaster

    from Milwaukee Area

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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      4.0

      Secret Weapon What a Guitar

      By Steve Takesian

      from Anthem Arizona

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      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..

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      The Real Deal

      By TNT

      from Minneapolis, MN

      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
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

        This instrument is everything it's advertised to be. The sound is vintage Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, but it also does very well playing Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Life by the Drop". It has the tone and sound of an acoustic 12-string with the comfort of an electric.

        There are no cons to this instrument I can find, only pros. The Rickenbacker 360/12 was worth every dime I paid.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Simply Awesome Instrument

        By CollegeTownMike

        from Champaign, IL

        About Me Experienced

        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.

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          360 rickenbacker 12 string

          By roland ggn

          from highgate vermont

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Flat Sound

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

          i have a 6 string rick and had it for 16 yr and had a lot of good luck with it . im going to get a 12 string rick and travel to northhampton massachuettes to get it . i read some of the pros and cons on it .i cant believe tha t rickenbacker would ruin a piece of art to customer. i will pay close attention on the rick when i pick it up . the price is reasonable and i always wanted one as a kid .but when your a school kid with no job you can get one.so i think that i would recommand a rick to any one, i will have a blast with it cause i will retire this year and play in my brothers band and live it up

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          5.0

          THE iconic electric 12 String sound

          By Maskman57

          from Miami, FL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Highest Quality

          Cons

          • Needed Minimal Setup

          Best Uses

          • Beatles
          • Jefferson Starship
          • Led Zeppelin
          • Roger Mcguinn Byrds
          • Tom Petty
          • Yes Starship Trooper

          Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

          The iconic rock 12 string. Infinite tonal variations. When properly tweaked, one of the easiest 12's to play. Anything from Beatles, Byrds, to Led Zeppelin, Yes (Starship Trooper), Jefferson Starship (Find Your Way Back), and Tom Petty. Surprisingly good tuning stability.

          Comment on this review

          (8 of 8 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?

            Comment on this review

            (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            poorly built guitar

            By none

            from Cleveland Ohio

            About Me Professional Musician

            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.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                everything I allways wanted and more.

                By snakeproof

                from Bradenton, Fl.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                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.

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Love my Rick

                  By Joe

                  from US Forces Germany

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Looks
                  • Good Nut Width
                  • Good Tone
                  • Unique sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar:

                    I've been playing, mostly rhythm, for a long long time. I own several electric and electric-acoustic guitars to include three 12-strings. I've been looking at Rickenbacker 12 strings for over 10 years, but just couldn't rationalize the price for another 12-string. I'm glad I finally broke down in February and bought a 360/12 Ruby Red. I just love it. Played it right out of the case. I hardly ever have to retune it. It's gorgeous and feels and plays great. Chris at Private Reserve was terrific to deal with. It was well packed and arrived at my Army Mail Room in Germany through the US Postal System in six days. Thanks Chris and MF.

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