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John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar

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Our Custom Made Rickenbacker 325c64

 

Items
Rickenbacker 325c64
Body wood
Alder
Neck wood
Maple
Construction
Set-in
Fretboard
Rosewood
Inlays                 
Dot Inlays
Scale Length           
20.75" 
Frets
21
Pickups
Wilkinson humbucking
Controls                     
Volumes, Tones, 3 Way Toggle Switch
Bridge
bigsby style tailpiece
Finish
Jetglo (black) Finish
String
D'Addario
Hardware
Chrome Hardware

 

Firstly,  Facts speak louder than words,  here is a great review of the Ric 325 from our customer, it might help you to understand us more!  

 

 Our Custom Made John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar

 
So what are your options if you want to go such an attractive Rickenbacker? Well, you can shell out a ton of cash for a vintage one or you can spend the same and specially customize a new one. But if you don’t want to drop a ton of coin on a real Rickenbacker guitar, you can of course get a brand new copy of the John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar at a fraction of the price.To meet requirements of these who want a new John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar guitar with much less money, we launched the Rickenbacker 325 replica. Our guitar is a precise duplicate of the original John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar guitar. They were replicated totally handmade and in accordance with the original construction and data, the form and measurements and all other parts are just the same as the original one.

 

 

There are other's copies you might have seen online, some of them are cheaper and some more expensive.  But do they really worth the price? Let me tell you now.
 
If you don't compare, you're in the dark; the moment you do, you get a shock.  There many of differences. 
 
 
22 fret maybe a general parameter for guitars,  but not for John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar,John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar is 21 fret guitar, it has shorter neck and scale length. We did a good job on this point.  The neck and fretboard was exact copy for the original John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar, others' just use a regulare 22 or 24 frets neck instead.
 
 
 
The John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar guitar is set-in neck guitar, and the neck set in to the body very short, so that the neck has thicker heel and the neck pickup has placed in a very up position. We have made this part just like the original.  None of others care about this point, but exactly as a seim-hollow guitar, the position of the pickups effects the sound. 
 
 
By the way, the original John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar fretboard do not have any neck binding, but most of other copies put binding on, I am not sure it is looking better or not, but I am sure, too many changes, it will be not the John Lennon's John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar any more.
 
I don't know how they think, but some other copies just... how to say, they do not even follow the original guitar, they just do it without thinking, act on assumptions.
 
 
John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar pickups should above the body, so it requests thicker neck. Some one smart enough, they dig holes to lower the pickups 
 
 
 
 
Our hardwares are carefully choosen, source from different manufacturers, no one want to spend extra time on these tiny details, but we did for you.   

 

 

bridge and knobs ,,some how~ one has the right bridge ,and anther one has the right knob style,etc ....but None of them make these things all right~~~~ 

 

 

 

More detail photos of this replica John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar guitar

 

John Lennon and Rickenbacker guitars

 

 

John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar

The Beatles went to Hamburg in August 1960. John had seen guitarist Jean "Toots" Thielemans, George Shearing´s Quintet, playing a Rickenbacker 325 in 1959. He immediately became interested in the guitar. One day John and George went to Steinway´s in Hamburg (local research suggests that the guitar may have been acquired from the nearby Musikhaus Rothoff). George bought a Gibson amplifier and John bought the "guitar of his dreams", a Rickenbacker Capri 325 in natural finish. It´s quite amazing to see that the connection between "Toots" and the Capri 325 began as early as 1958! When bringing the question up about the cost of the amplifier and the guitar George Harrison recalls:  - I think we bought them on "a knocker". One pound down and the rest when they catch you. He adds: - I don´t know if we ever paid them off, but.....??

 


Here´s a photo from the Trade Show 1958. John Lennon´s Capri 325 is the guitar to the left in the bottom row, equipped with two control knobs and a Kauffman Vibrola tailpiece. 

 

1960. John Lennon in Hamburg on a fairground, near the Reeperbahn, called "Heiligengeistfeld". His guitar is still unmodified. 

 

In Hamburg John Lennon soon started to modify his guitar. The first alteration he made was to remove the TV-style control knobs and replace them with Hofner types. Through the years he was using both Burns and Hofner type knobs. It seems he was either constantly losing them or perhaps could not decide which type were more appealing. There is a picture on p.45 in "The Vox Story" (Petersen & Denny, 1993) showing John´s guitar with only three Hofner type knobs. After returning to Liverpool he replaced the Kauffman Vibrola tailpiece. He bought a Bigsby unit from salesman Jim Getty at Hessy´s music store in Liverpool. Also a new Bigsby bow-tie bridge was mounted. The guitar was put on the counter and the modifications were made while still being in the store. Perhaps the reason for this was that the Kauffman Vibrola rarely returned to pitch and threw the instrument out of tune. It would appear that the Bigsby was considered as a more reliablevibrato tailpiece. Unfortunately the Bigsby bridge was somewhat oversized for the smaller 325 body. It was probably the pickguard that prevented it from fitting properly or perhaps it was improperly installed. Pictures of the guitar reveal that the low E or 6th string was out of alignment and actually was outside the fretboard and off the neck from somewhere around the 14th fret and higher.

It would also seem that the middle pickup was disconnected.One plausible reason for this altered wiring might have been to achieve greater difference in tone between the different pickup-switch positions. Most of the pictures of John playing this guitar reveal that the pickup-switch is set to the mid-position. An up or down position would result in a more distinct change in tonal characteristics. Whether this was a deliberate action on John´s part or not, is not known. After all John Lennon did not have the reputation of being the most technically minded person.

Please note that the fact that his middle pickup was disconnected has not, to my knowledge, been verified by John himself in any interviews. Maybe the reason simply was that the pickup had been damaged from being hit hard a countless number of times, while John was strumming wild (or damaged because of some other reason), and he just left it that way. After all he never modified his other 325 (Miami) or 1996 (Rose,Morris) guitars to have that same pickup wiring.

John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Guitar


There are few topics that hold the attention of avid Beatle fans more than the guitars played by the Fab Four in general, and by John Lennon in specific. His adopting of the 325 Rickenbacker and his eventual refinishing to black has sent many an enthusiast on the hunt for the reasons underlying this change. Whatever the reason, no single guitar at that time had theimpact of Lennon's black 325. The reasons for its change in color are not known, however, the most realistic explanation is probably Lennon's pension for the unusual and different. The Cuban footwear, the leather hat, the long beard, the Lennon spectacles, the purple shirts and the shaved head are but a few examples of his trend setting ways. So why should his guitar be any different? Jim Burns, of Burn's Guitar fame, is credited with the finishing. The 325 in its natural finish is portrayed in a photo of the Beatles rehearsing at the Cavern in October 1962. The first photo of Lennon with the 325 with black finish was taken on December 31, 1962 at their last performance at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.So the refinishing of Lennon's instrument was sometime between October and mid December 1962.

Another possible reason for the refinishing was to make it match George´s black Gretsch Duo Jet, which was his main guitar at that period. It is also known that John´s guitar was quite scratched and beaten after being heavily used for a long time, and badly in need of cosmetic changes. Also the white pickup-switch was replaced with a black one. Finally, black was John´s favorite "color". Maybe another reason?

The pictures below provides an excellent illustration of how John Lennon´s guitar looked after being refinished.

"1958" 325 Capri. Reproduction of John Lennon´s first Rickenbacker after being refinished by Jim Burns in 1963.


Here are the specifications:

* Correct 2 inch thick body w/ 1/8 inch thick back

* Correct (Lennon) shaped headstock w/ 50's logo & correct screws

* Unfinished fretboard

* Elongated Jackplate

* Raised single gold pickguard w/ correct (Lennon) "5" mount screw points

* Burns reproduction knobs

* 1960's Bigsby w/ Aluminum handle w/ "Phillips" head stud

* Thick string nut (as on early '58 325's)

* No volute on back of headstock base

* Short pole pickups re-wound to 50's specs


Left: 325 Capri 1958 reproduction. Right: Picture highlighting the correct shaped headstock, headstock logo & thick nut on this repro '58 325 (no serial#).


The 2" thick body on the 325 Capri reproduction.


John Lennon with his '58 Rickenbacker 325 at the City Hall in Sheffield, November 2 1963.


 

John Lennon´s second Rickenbacker 325

Later in February 1964 John Lennon received his second 325. It was sent to him at Hotel Deauville in Miami where the they recorded their second performance in "Ed Sullivan Show" on February 16th. The Beatles arrived to Miami on February 13th and the guitar was delivered some day between these two dates. The updated version of the model 325 had following specifications: JetGlo body, double white pickguards, 5 control knobs and a modern Rickenbacker Ac´cent vibrato tailpiece. John quickly adopted this guitar to his main instrument.

John Lennon´s second Rickenbacker 325

 

 

 

John Lennon’s ’64 Rickenbacker 325-12

 

At their New York meeting, Lennon asked Hall to make him a twelve-string model to match his 325, and in March ’64, Rickenbacker shipped this guitar to him in London. The only differences are the headstock and the tailpiece. This short-scale guitar was used on a Dutch TV show, in the studio (Beatles For Sale) and served as a backup throughout 1964, and saw actual use at a show in Boston on 12 September. Tom Hartman, who recorded in Abbey Road as a young man, recalls seeing it in the storage area with a set list taped to it.

Rickenbacker CEO John Hall remembers “seeing this guitar at one point with a vibrato on it as the model number describes (which didn’t work well at all).” Because it made the guitar impossible to keep in tune, the vibrato was removed and replaced with a trapeze tailpiece before this prototype was sent to Lennon. Most recently on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Owned by the Lennon Estate.

 

John Lennon sitting with his ’64 Rickenbacker 325-12 String!

 

 

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Can you guys make the Rickenbacker 325 '58 model in jet glo but In left handed? -thanks

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Dear customer,

We can make you 325 '58 model in jet glo but In left handed.

Sincerely
Stephanie
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Can you do the 325/12?

Administrator, service Reply:
Dear customer,

We can make the 325/12.

Sincerely
Stephanie
Anonymous user

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Hi, I have been highly considering on buying one of your John Lennon Rickenbacker 325. I'm sure you get a handful of same requests like this, but I was wondering how much it would cost to have it made like the John Lennon Rickenbacker 325 Capri with the gold pickguard?

Administrator, service Reply:
Dear customer,

Thanks for your comment so much.

The further details have been sent to your email box and pls check it.

Cheers,

Mia
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I would like to know if you can replicate late "50's" Rickenbacker 1000
& Rickenbacker 950. Both would be through the body neck like original. If the price fits I would order both. I await your reply. Thanks

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Dear customer,

We have sent the further details to your email box and pls check it. Thanks.

Have a nice day.

Mia
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How much would the john lennon 325 cost for just the guitar with frets installed guitar painted jet glo black no tuning keys no bridge no pickups no tailpiece no knobs no pick guard no electronics? I have all the parts to install from my broken 325 rickenbacker

Administrator, service Reply:
Dear customer,
Sorry for the late reply and thanks for your comment so much. We can make the guitar as your requirement. As for your question about price, we have sent the details to your email box and pls check it.
Cheers,
Mia
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