Rickenbacker 330 FG Electric Guitar
Careful acoustic research has resulted in the full, rich and warm sound of this popular model. Two single coil pickups on a full size body are accented by a traditionally shaped sound hole. The 24 fret Rosewood fingerboard is punctuated by dot inlay fret markers, with full double cutaways permitting access to all the frets. Standard output is monaural through a single jack plate.
Rickenbacker 330 FG Electric Guitar 330 Specs
- 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
- Type Set-in No. of Pickups 2 Type of Pickups Hi-gain Output
- Type Mono Machine Heads Schaller.
More about the Rickenbacker 330 FG Electric Guitar and the history of Rickenbacker.
Early-model Rickenbackers were nicknamed “frying pans” due to their long necks and circular bodies. A few thousand were produced in the thirties, making them the first solid bodied electric guitars ever sold. Now, watch the progression here: the Rickenbacker company, then known as Electro String for short, also sold amplifiers. One of their amp repairmen was Leo Fender. Once Mr. Fender went on to form his own guitar company, he had a salesman by the name of Francis C. Hall, who traveled around selling Fender guitar and amp sets. Mr. Hall saw big potential on the horizon for electric guitars, but not so much in being a salesman for Fender. Luckily for him, Mr. Rickenbacker and the other shareholders of “Electro String” decided to sell their shares to him and allow him to run with his vision, ushering in the modern era of the Rickenbacker guitar.
The 1950s saw a decline in the popularity of steels and an increased demand for regular electric guitars. Mr. Hall, the new company owner, was savvy about this and introduced two new models, the Combo 600 and 800 guitars. For the company’s 25th anniversary, he kept an eye on the future by introducing a student model, the Combo 400, with a distinctive “tulip” or “butterfly-style” body. In the early 1960’s, Rickenbacker guitars were favorites of both John Lennon, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney, and consequently were coveted by other aspiring musicians, some of whom (such as Pete Townshend and John Fogerty) also became celebrities. Contemporary uses of Rickenbacker guitars include Tom Petty and members of Pearl Jam, Radiohead, and U2.