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One-of-a-kind design and top-end features result in a truly unique classic.Rickenbacker™s 620 electric guitar really stands out in the crowd, from it...Read More

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One-of-a-kind design and top-end features result in a truly unique classic.Rickenbacker™s 620 electric guitar really stands out in the crowd, from its distinctive œcresting wave body style to the shark-fin triangular fret markers on its rosewood fretboard and elegantly bound neck and body. Crafted with a sleek neck-thru design and solid maple body for increased sustain, it also features Rickenbacker™s unique double truss rod system in the neck, precisely machined key winds made in Germany, two single-coil pickups for that chimey Rickenbacker tone, and dual stereo output jacks. Rickenbacker is a legendary name in guitars, and the 620 continues that proud heritage.Use the drop-down menu above and to the right to choose colors and other options.

Unique design and deluxe features combine in one of the hottest rockers of all time.

FEATURES
  • Solid maple body
  • Sleek, fast-playing neck
  • Neck-thru-body construction for greater sustain
  • Precision-machined, German-made key winds
  • Double truss rods
  • Body and neck binding
  • Triangular inlays on its thick rosewood fretboard
  • Dual single-coil pickup deliver clear, bright tone

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Rickenbacker620 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (16)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Recording (9)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I Finally Own A Rickenbacker 620 Fireglo

I've lusted for this guitar since I first held one in a Palm Springs music store back in 1977. The shape, the balance, the looks and the history of Rickenbacker guitars had me...Read complete review

I've lusted for this guitar since I first held one in a Palm Springs music store back in 1977. The shape, the balance, the looks and the history of Rickenbacker guitars had me dreaming of owning one for decades. Then about three years ago I played another one at the Dallas Guitar Show and made up my mind to get one. It still took me awhile, they're not cheap, but I finally own one and I'm thrilled! The feel and playability are unsurpassed and the looks are incredible! I'm the only guy in town that I know of that owns a Rickenbacker and I'm extremely proud of that fact. It now enjoys a place of honor in my music room next to my other guitars. The Rickenbacker era has begun at my house!

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Great sound, but some finish defects

First, I believe this to be a well-built guitar with a great sound. However, the one I received had some minor finish defects that made me dissatisfied. For some people, they may...Read complete review

First, I believe this to be a well-built guitar with a great sound. However, the one I received had some minor finish defects that made me dissatisfied. For some people, they may not have noticed these defects. However, I'm a craftsman, and it didn't take long for me to see subtle poolings of varnish and a couple of craters from a popped varnish bubble. If I'm going to pay this amount of money for a guitar, I do expect it to be perfect. It's a small surface area to be finished- it shouldn't have any defects. And it's USA made.

I contacted Rickenbacker with detailed photos of this guitar, and someone got back to me quickly with concern and said management would get in touch with me. Well, they never did. Shame on you Rickenbacker, but thank you MF for your return policy.

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5.0

Phenomenal brand of tea

By 

from westchester ny

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • light weight and balanced

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

      The world it seems is divided into Rickenbacker obsessives and "not my cup of tea-ers." There is nothing I can say to a Rick obsessive that they don't already know or can surmise about the 620, but for the "not cup of tea-ers", I say this, you are missing out on a phenomenal guitar by sipping only your own brand of tea. Sure I will admit the 620 has some quirks- such as a truncated lower horn that from a sit-and-play perspective would be better served being a touch bigger, or that the neck width could be a little wider, or that it is a one trick pony in terms of sound. But let me emphasize this, the neck thru body gives you a balanced guitar that no "G" or "F" is capable of. Meaning no neck or body dives, or scenarios where quickly turning your body creates enough thrust to let loose and fly into a speaker cabinet. The 620's light weight body -I find, stays where you want it, in front of you. The Rick's single coils cut cleanly when you want, jangle on command or take some overdrive to create some beautiful throaty growl. Thus the sound of the Rick is not any more a one trick pony than a Strat or a Les. Yes, a little different sounding, but just as diverse in sound possibilities. I will say it is not or will ever be in the modern context a "shred" machine, it was never designed to do that. But as for the neck, the comfortable thickness means that the slightly narrower finger board is not an issue once you spend a little time getting used to it. It is a nice handful and my medium sized hand seem to feel less fatigued after a long bit of playing. From a "shred" perspective the slightly closer string spacing on that neck almost makes me feel like I can pick faster, not needing to cover as much vertical string real estate, so by that token maybe it is a little "shreddy." Finally, the build quality is top notch with a stunning deep Fireglo paint job. Is this the one guitar that rules them all, no but it gives me more options than just a "G" or "F" sound to play with.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A better Ric

      By 

      from N, NYY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good finish
      • Good Tone
      • Good Tuners

      Cons

      • Bridge Cover
      • Noisy Pickups

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

        Recently purchased this guitar and a Ric 660-12. This guitar is the better of the two.

        The fit and finish is very good. Rickenbacker finishes their rosewood fingerboards in lacquer. If you like the feel of a finished figerboard (think maple fingerboard guitars) this will work for you.

        Tone is excellent if you can deal with the noisy single-pole pickups. Why can't Rickenbacker shield their guitars? As single pole pickups go, these apprear to have strong output.

        The "R" tailpiece makes it harder to restring because you need to load the string from the bottom and hook it in to the slot. Very quirky.

        Tuning pegs are first rate Schallars...unlike the more expensive 660-12 which uses inferior Klusons. (go figure) The bridge looks pretty good with the standard adjustable saddles as well as height and tilt adjustment.

        The bridge cover comes off easily with two screws. If you want to palm mute, the cover needs to go.

        The neck at the nut is a comfortable width. Rickenbacker necks do not get as wide as Gibsons or Fenders as you go up the neck. A little bit less room for string bending. But the strings are a bit closer for those high leads. It's a different feel you should be aware of.

        One last thing. A few people mistake this guitar for a shorter scale. It IS a full 24 inch + scale. The guitar looks smaller because the body is shorter than say a Les Paul even though the neck scale is about the same. Again, this Rick has a different feel than the aformentioned. But it is still well balanced and easy to play standing up.

        Overall a very nice guitar. Rickenbacker, go fix the 660-12!! (Read my review.)

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        5.0

        great, fun to play

        By 

        from Colorado

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Needs Better Strings

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

          A beautiful guitar that is a good match for my Ric 4001 bass! I'm still training it, it may need some setup when I change to strings that I like better

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The one I've been waiting for

          By 

          from San Diego

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

            I've been playing for the past 22 years. I have had probably over 30 guitars. Les Pauls, SG, fender mustang, strat, tele, pawn shop, dan electro, schecter, ibanez etc. this blows them all away. This is the only electric guitar you will ever need for anything. Ever.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Rickenbacker 620

            By 

            from Stuart, FL

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

              Received my Ruby Red 620 three days ago. Shipped double boxed. Only needed to be tuned. Played bass in a band eons ago. Decided to take lessons on a six string and bought a used Ovation Celebrity and new Fender Acoustisonic 90 amp. Progressing to the point, I wanted to buy a "good" American made electric. My instructor recommended a Stratocaster and I tried out several, liking their fast easy necks, but never cared for their looks. Played several Gibson models, LPs being too heavy and SGs (played the bass version), better feel, but not a fan of humbuckers. A friend of mine from my band years who owns many guitars, (including several of each of the models mentioned) and never stopped playing recommended Rickenbacker. Always admired his guitar collection and the Ric's most of all. Read many reviews and decided to take a chance. Glad I did, hard to put down, no make that nearly impossible. Ralphie got his Daisy Red Ryder in Christmas Story, and this Christmas this old kid got his Ruby Red Rickenbacker 620!

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Great sound, but some finish defects

              By 

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

              First, I believe this to be a well-built guitar with a great sound. However, the one I received had some minor finish defects that made me dissatisfied. For some people, they may not have noticed these defects. However, I'm a craftsman, and it didn't take long for me to see subtle poolings of varnish and a couple of craters from a popped varnish bubble. If I'm going to pay this amount of money for a guitar, I do expect it to be perfect. It's a small surface area to be finished- it shouldn't have any defects. And it's USA made.

              I contacted Rickenbacker with detailed photos of this guitar, and someone got back to me quickly with concern and said management would get in touch with me. Well, they never did. Shame on you Rickenbacker, but thank you MF for your return policy.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Game changer

              By 

              from Los Angeles

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              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

                This instrument is absolutely awesome. It is a game changer and a unique, flexible guitar that every serious guitar player should consider. The design is curiously retro yet modern, its workmanship and finish are impeccable and the tones it produces are varied and unlike anything else you have played. The fretboard is narrow, but chording is effortless and smooth. It jumps out among other guitars and clearly and beautifully makes its presence known. Not all music genres will appreciate its mid-presence and chiming qualities, but for most pop-rock applications its a perfect blend of familiar ring and aggresive punch.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Rickenbacker 620 Fire Glo

                By 

                from San Clemente, Ca.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

                Great looks and sound. Great feel, especially for a person with neuropathy (numbness and weakness in hands). Easy to tune and maintains tune.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I Finally Own A Rickenbacker 620 Fireglo

                By 

                from Durant, OK

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

                I've lusted for this guitar since I first held one in a Palm Springs music store back in 1977. The shape, the balance, the looks and the history of Rickenbacker guitars had me dreaming of owning one for decades. Then about three years ago I played another one at the Dallas Guitar Show and made up my mind to get one. It still took me awhile, they're not cheap, but I finally own one and I'm thrilled! The feel and playability are unsurpassed and the looks are incredible! I'm the only guy in town that I know of that owns a Rickenbacker and I'm extremely proud of that fact. It now enjoys a place of honor in my music room next to my other guitars. The Rickenbacker era has begun at my house!

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                5.0

                Great Purchase!

                By 

                from Cromwell, CT

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

                  Every guitar player should own one Ric, one Les Paul, and one Strat. I'm a Fender guy but this little baby is a very cool guitar that I use on many Beatles tunes (both of my bands -- "Yesterday Today" and "The Accouting Crows" do an entire set of Fab Four tunes). Plays great, stays in tune, and is very comfortable.

                  Now the two guitars I bring to every gig are my go-to Strat Deluxe and the Ric. AND it is a beauty, I got the MapleGlo. Very solid construction.

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