An Exceptionally Fine 1967 Rickenbacker 325 - The 'John Lennon' Model
1967 Rickenbacker 325 (three pickups with vibrato)
This super rare Model 325 weighs just 6.30 lbs. Asymetrical double cutaway, 12 3/4 inch wide and just under 1 1/2 inch deep maple body with a single f-hole (running at 1 o'clock) on the top. Maple neck with a nut width of just under 1 5/8 inches, a short (three-quarter) scale length of 21 1/4 inches and a medium-to-thick profile. Rosewood fretboard with 21 original medium-thin frets and white dot inlays. White opaque plastic truss-rod cover, lettered in black "Rickenbacker" & "Made in U S A" secured by three screws.Individual double-line Kluson Deluxe tuners with oval metal buttons & "D-169400/Patent No." stamped on the underside. Three Rickenbacker "toaster" pickups with chrome covers and outputs of 3.84k, 3.84k, and 8.23k. Split-level two-piece white plastic pickguard secured by four screws. Five controls (two volume, two tone, and a blend control volume) plus a three-way pickup selector switch. The potentiometers are stamped "137 6646" & "137 6708" (CTS, November 1966 & February 1967). Seven-sided black plastic knobs with metal tops with black lettering. Rickenbacker bridge and Rickenbacker Vibrato tailpiece complete with original Ac'cent tremolo arm. Serial number (April 1967) stamped on jack input plate. There is some playing wear with surface lost to the treble side of the neck by the first fret only, some very minor belt-buckle rash on the back (nothing through the finish) and a few very small and insignificant surface marks. Taking into account the aforementioned, this fifty-year-old 'John Lennon' model 325 is still in exceptionally fine (9.00+) condition. Housed in the original three-latch, rectangular silver hardshell case with black leather ends and blue plush lining (8.75). According to the shipping records (Smith, p. 234) there were only 44 Fireglo 325's produced between 1964 and 1968 (23 in 1964; 1 in 1965; 20 in 1966 and 5 in 1968) - the Rickenbacker shipping records for 1967 are not published but it would be fairly safe to assume that maybe five Fireglo 325's were shipped in 1967 which would make a total of 67 examples made. There were also 28 - possibly 33 examples in Jetglo shipped between 1964 and 1968. (#2091)
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