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Rickenbacker 381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar  Fireglo 

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The Rickenbacker 381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar is basically the same design as the 381V69 with 12 strings. Derived from a design...Read More

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Own a certified American classic.

The Rickenbacker 381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar is basically the same design as the 381V69 with 12 strings. Derived from a design dating back to 1957, this guitar is memorable for its hand-carved archtop and back. Employing only premium charactered maple, it has a fully bound body with checked binding and extreme double-cutaways, along with a bound crescent soundhole to complete this exquisite vintage guitar. The Model 381/12V69 includes hardshell case.

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SPECIFICATIONS

381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar

  • Neck width at 12th fret 49.2 mm (1 15/16")
  • Crown radius 25.4 cm (10")
  • Maple body and neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Weight 4.1 kg (9.0 lbs.)
  • Overall length 99.1cm (39")
  • Overall width 38.7 cm (15 1/4")
  • Overall depth 63.5 mm (2 1/2")
  • Fingerboard and body binding
  • Triangle fret markers
  • Set neck
  • No. of pickups 2
  • Type of pickups Vintage Single Coils
  • Stereo and mono output
  • Deluxe Vintage machine heads
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Rickenbacker381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Favorite Guitar

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from TX

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Rickenbacker 381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar:

    Best on upbeat songs with cool melodic riffs. The tone is awesome and unique. The body style is amazing. It is my favorite guitar.

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    5.0

    Gorgeous guitar

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    from Minneapolis,MN

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    Pros

    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • GREAT sound

    Cons

    • Can't Bend Strings
    • Too Heavy At 9 Lbs
    • Very Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Rickenbacker 381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar:

    A quality instrument, best for playing 12 string cords but can't play fast leads on it.

    It has a wonderful sound . The best color is natural wood Maple glow.
    Note: Most of these solid wood Ricenbauckers are very heavy. So get a thick strap for it. This is the best looking guitar you could buy.
    Try to get very light (thin) strings for it for better playing.

    A very inpressive looking & sounding instrument...one of my favorite guitars.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is nice!

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    from Southern Oregon Coast

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    Pros

    • Quality- Made In U S A

    Cons

    • Practice-slim Neck

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rickenbacker 381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar:

      I own several Ric's and there is not a one that is not wonderful to play or look at. Made in the U S A.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Update after owning for several years no

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      from Northern CA

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      Pros

      • Beauty
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Playability
      • Reliability
      • Reliability Playability

      Best Uses

      • Beatles
      • Byrds
      • Who

      Comments about Rickenbacker 381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar:

      I've had this guitar for many years now, and used it for recording and shows. It sounds wonderful, and never fails to impress the audience. With the pointy cutaway design, looks like the 360's the George used to play.

      But even though it does play easier than my Ric 360/12 Carl Wilson, the neck is still a bit narrow: Ric should adopt the 660/12 neck width for all their 12's. But I don't like the esthetic design of the 660 series, alas. I'm getting a PRS Hollowbody 12 in the near future for playability, output, etc. reasons.

      Reliability: the output jacks have corroded enough twice now that the guitar was staticy, etc., and reaming them out with a proper tool fixed it, but none of my other guitar have this issue; they are all kept in a conditioned studio in a Access'n'Sight case. I will likely replace the jacks at some point soon.

      Changing strings on any Ric 12 string is an exercise in frustration. The ball end goes underneath the big "R" on the tailpiece, then into the peg head. Without locking tuners, the octave strings are just hard to get seated properly at the peg. It's a pain, though I appreciate the compact headstock that the design permits. It should be terrific if Ric figured out a better scheme for restringing. I should change strings more often than I do, but the inconvenience deters me. I've sometimes taken it to my guitar repair tech to restring and reset intonation (also a pain ...). His charge is reasonable.

      But all that said, if you want a stunning instrument that gives you that classic Rickenback 12 string chime, this is it.

      PS: It sounds even better with the Roger McGuinn recommended Jangle Box Compressor.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Not really practical, but nice

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      from Key West, FL

      Comments about Rickenbacker 381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar:

      I have a 2001 model in mapleglo that I got used. Not only got it significantly cheaper than the new price, the guitar was still in immaculate condition, and all the problems with the setup that many people seem to have with Rickenbacker were already taken care of. This guitar is really too fancy looking for my tastes, and the neck is really to narrow for a novice 12 string guitar player (however with practice you do get used to it). I like the guitar for getting the early Pete Townshend sound, but after playing "Can't Explain" over and over I am looking for other ways to utilize this beastly guitar. If you really want a 12 string rick, I'd say save some money and go with the more practicalt 360/12, or go with the solidbody 660/12, which has similar appointments to the 381 (12 saddle bridge, nice charectered maple) but with a wider neck, better suited for 12 string playing. IMHO, this guitar is really not practical unless you have lots of money and like to buy guitars to look at.

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      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Dissatisfied with my 381v69/12

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      from Reno

      Comments about Rickenbacker 381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar:

      I ordered this model in 2000. I was told it would take 3 months to deliver. It took 1 year, and although the guitar is very well put together, & plays exceptionally well, there is a giant worm-hole just above the low E string (the most prominent place it could be), and the front is certainly not "charactered", as advertised. The back is beautiful, which only makes the flaw more egregious. Rickenbacker refused to accept the guitar, even to see why I am unhappy with it. They offered no solution whatsoever, and lost a customer as a result. I had planned on purchasing a matching 6-string, and a 4003 bass, but I will not pay premium prices for a factory 2nd again.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great 12 string

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      from Portola Valley, CA

      Comments about Rickenbacker 381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar:

      Classic Ric sounds from the old style pickups. Plays much easier than my 360/12 "Carl Wilson" and the tone is better from the more massive wood (carved top on this one).

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      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Poor value, poor customer service

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      from Reno, NV

      Comments about Rickenbacker 381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar:

      Based upon my experience of owning this guitar, I have the following recommendations for Rickenbacker:1-Establish a custom shop so that customers paying top dollar for a guitar built by an American factory of iconic stature aren't out in clubs showing off it's "bloopers" in public. 2-Offer a quality guarantee, and repair or replace product that is sub-standard.

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      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best electric 12-string

      Comments about Rickenbacker 381/12V69 Vintage Series 12-String Electric Guitar:

      Neck probably too narrow for big hands but superb build quality and fantastic sound.

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