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Rickenbacker 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar Jetglo

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Pete Townshend asked for an update of his beloved Model 1993 guitar and Rickenbacker was happy to oblige. The result is the 1993Plus, enhanced with a...Click To Read More About This Product

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An improved classic with a slightly wider neck.

Pete Townshend asked for an update of his beloved Model 1993 guitar and Rickenbacker was happy to oblige. The result is the 1993Plus, enhanced with a 1/8" (3.1 mm) wider neck, Caribbean rosewood fingerboard and more stable two-piece neck design fitted with a round heel for comfort.

This classic 12-string design comes standard with three vintage reissue pickups, stereo output, trapeze tailpiece, vintage knobs and f-hole. Double body binding and pearlescent inlays add a refined touch. X-bracing in the body helps to bring out the full, rich and warm sounds these instruments are known for. The 1993Plus also features Rickenbacker's master variable tone control. This fifth knob allows you to fine tune the EQ between the bass and treble pickups, in a variety of ways and with some unique characteristics.

The haunting, melodic chorus characteristics of Rickenbacker 12-strings continue to benefit from evolution. The original 1993 design was once exclusive to the British distributor Rose Morris in the sixties.

FEATURES
Body
Body shape: Double cutaway
Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Maple
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Rickenbacker
Neck wood: Maple
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.75"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: French polish
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 10"
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 21
Inlays: Triangle
Nut width: 2.10" (53.5mm)
Pickups
Configuration: SSS
Neck: Vintage single-coil Toaster Top
Middle: Vintage single-coil Toaster Top
Bridge: Vintage single-coil Toaster Top
Brand: Rickenbacker
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: Stereo/mono output
Controls
Control layout: Separate volume and tone for treble and bass pickups, and a master variable tone control
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: 6-saddle
Tailpiece: Trapeze
Tuning machines: Deluxe vintage
Color: Nickel/chrome
Other
Number of strings: 12-string
Special features: Versatile electronics
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: None
Country of origin: United States

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Rickenbacker1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 11 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Jamming (6)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Same great tone with a more spacious neck

By Dom

from Woodhaven NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Rickenbacker 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar:

    I have a natural finish 381/12V69 which I bought new in1991. Back in 1991 the list price for that guitar was $1999. plus the cost of the case, from the list price the dealer I bought it from discounted between 30 and 35% off the price of the guitar so I got a very good deal compared to what this model costs now. Though the neck of the 381/12 is slim and comfortable I've often thought " If only the neck were a little wider", because the string spacing is so close it's easy to accidentally deaden neighboring strings when playing chords especially by the nut . Back in the early 90s when Rickenbacker was doing a lot of limited edition signature models they got together with Tom Petty and he asked for a 600 series 12 string with a wider neck which became the model 660/12TP which is still available today without the signature as model 660/12. Maybe Pete Townsend played one of these 660 models and asked for Rickenbacker to put that neck on a 300 series guitar as it is a 2 piece neck as found on 600 series guitars not the 3 piece neck found on 300 series guitars or Pete Townsend just asked for a wider neck and Rickenbacker used a neck they were all ready making for production reasons, either way I applaud Rickenbacker for putting this model in production. This neck is wider while remaining slim and comfortable. Even George Harrison after not playing his 1963 360/12 for over 20 years took it out of retirement to do some recording for the Cloud 9 album said it sounded terrific but was surprised at how narrow the neck was. If George were still around he would love the 1993 Plus as would anyone who loves the sound of a Rickenbacker 300 series 12 string but feels the string spacing is a little too close. On the down side the 1993 Plus costs a lot more than a standard 360/12. Finish and workmanship are excellent. It sounds just as you would expect a Rickenbacker 300 series 12 string with toaster top pick ups to sound.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Byrds, Beatles, Tom Petty, Who, etc. "Jangle" master.

    By Bill

    from Smyrna, GA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Rickenbacker 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar:

      I wanted that Byrds, Beatles, Tom Petty, etc. "jangley" sound and this guitar delivers. Most Rick 12 strings have 1.63" (1 5/8") wide (at the nut) necks and it's not comfortable and hard to play (at least for me). However the Rick 660/12 and 1993 Plus have 1.75" (1 3/4") wide necks, so that was for me. Great online/customer service when buying the guitar through MF's "Private Reserve" section. MF had several "Fireglo" models to pick from with accurate photos you can enlarge so I could pick one with a wood grain pattern (that came through the transparent part of the "Fireglo finish) that I absolutely loved. Guitar came in PERFECT shape - set up perfect and ready to go. VERY satisfied with my purchase and my experience with Musician's Friend during the selection and purchase of this guitar.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Accept No Substitute!

      By GretschSwing

      from Howell, MI

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Superb Craftsmanship
      • Tonal Uniqueness

      Cons

      • None!

      Best Uses

      • Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Rickenbacker 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar:

      This is the electric 12-string that, for me, makes all others -- including the contending Rickenbacker models -- feel like a compromise. The 1993 Plus has it all: First, the feature I consider most important -- the 1.75 nut width, rather than the standard 1.63, to be found on all other Rickie 12's, with the exception of the 660/12. Second, toaster pickups, delivering that unique, unmistakable vintage quality, rather than the Hi-gains, offering a much more generic (albeit not unattractive) sound, present on the 330/12, 360/12 and 620/12. These two features were deal-breakers, which -- I'm sorry to say -- ruled out the iconic 360C12, with its historically-accurate (though understatedly judged "narrow" by the guitar's most famous operator, George Harrison) 1.63 nut width. Regarding pickups, if it was The Beatles, The Byrds and/or general British Invasion bands that made you conscious of Rickenbacker "chime" and "jangle," you've got to have toasters; you can do all the dialing you want on your amp and either another Rickie, with Hi-gains, or another brand entirely, but the closest you're going to get is an approximation, which still will fall short of the holy grail. But don't limit yourself stylistically -- I advise everyone to read up on the functions of the 5th knob, to uncover all the tonal options of this versatile guitar.

      Flawless construction and finish, a double-bound, semi-hollow body with pointy horns, perfect intonation, easy playability and user-friendly controls complete the picture of my ideal electric 12. Alright, I'll admit that at first the export Rose-Morris f-hole, rather than standard American cat's eye sound hole, seemed oddly paired with the Rickie's otherwise ultra-modern design, but I've grown to appreciate the look for its uncommon quality. Many thanks to Rickenbacker for teaming up with the great Pete Townshend to design a 12-string unlike and, I feel, superior to any other in the line. My high expectations were exceeded!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very Nice Guitar

      By Miles rover

      from Reno

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • 6 way bridge intonation vs 12

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Rickenbacker 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar:

      Absolutely beautiful guitar. I could not put it down for a week and my wife was getting annoyed. I tried a few other Rickenbacker 360 model 12 strings with the thinner neck and decided that the 1993 model was right for me. Even though I don't have big hands and would probably get used to the standard 360, I like the extra space between the strings as I use it mainly for finger picking style. The neck is a bit smaller than my Taylor 12 string but I can transition between the two with minimal trouble. The fit and finish are excellent. It has that classic tone that I was looking for but can be tweaked to make your own sound. The electronics seem very nice with no noise. They took a little getting used to as they were a bit unconventional compared to what I am used to. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that for a guitar in this price range, I think they could have used a 12 way adjustable bridge instead of 6 so all 12 strings could be intonated perfectly. This probably won't bother some folks but I like to hear it sound its very best.
      Overall, I would buy this guitar again in a heartbeat. If you like that 60's jangle sound, this is a great option and I applaud Rickenbacker for making the 1993 model with the wider neck into a production model. The price is steep but its a joy to play and the quality is admirable!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Most powerful Ric I've ever played

      By Doc Bob

      from Penna.

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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
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Rickenbacker 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar:

        I've had 5 Rics. Still have 3 of them. My 330-12 and 370-12 were just too narrow at the nut. I'm not a little guy..!! Rickenbacker got this one Perfect...!! The tone, the power, the balance, the playability are all perfect....and all that Rickenbacker ring....Woo.....

         
        5.0

        Great 12 String Rickenbacker.

        By TD

        from Edwardsville, Il

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Rickenbacker 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar:

        Thank you Mr. Townshend for asking Rickenbacker to widen the neck on this model! Have always loved the sound, look and quality of the semi-hollow 12 string Rickenbackers but the necks were always too thin for my larger fingers. This guitar fits the bill perfectly. Plays great with the sound you would expect from a Rickenbacker. Finish is also stunning in Fireglo. Will be purchasing a JangleBox compression pedal in the future to enhance the sound(chime), similar to what some recording artists have done with 12 string Rickenbackers in the studio.
        Again, great guitar.

        Would also like to mention that I love Bryan's video reviews. They are very useful, informative and have helped me with some gear choices, like this 12 string.

         
        5.0

        I would buy this again and again..... this is the Excalibur!

        By Gene B.

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Novice

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Rickenbacker 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar:

          This is a state of the art guitar. I have other Rickenbacker but with the upgrades of this one make it by far the best guitar I own..... if you are thinking about getting one do it.... I was lucky and ordered a fireglo and got one..... beautiful guitar that sounds and feels great. The thicker neck really makes it easier to play!

           
          5.0

          Love 12's neck. Best improvement of the best 12 string ever

          By Ron

          from Yuma

          About Me Professional Musician

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          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 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar:

            GREAT

             
            5.0

            NOTHING sounds like a Ric.

            By Bob

            from Naples, FL

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Rickenbacker 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar:

                I have 3Gibson LPs, 1Strat, 1Tele and a Gretch Country Gentleman. Thsi beat 'em ALL!

                 
                5.0

                Great Guitar!

                By Baumer

                from California

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar:

                  Great guitar. The wider fretboard really makes this Rick so much easier to play, especially for someone with larger hands like me.

                   
                  5.0

                  What a great guitar!

                  By Bob Thompson

                  from Texas

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Rickenbacker 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar:

                    The best Ric 12 ever. The nut width makes all the difference in the world. I love Ric sounds but my 360 was too narrow. This one nails it in feel and total options. Derek White at Private Reserve was amazing at the description and the customer service. The only negative was the UPS experience. They have gone so down hill as a delivery option. Disgustingly dirty customer service centers and the phone experience for tracking issues is the worst. No concept of the US and the cities, geography and not able to speak English or Spanish at all. Avoid them at all costs!

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