1963 Rickenbacker 6/12 Conversion

1963 Rickenbacker 360 12-string

When we started 1964 The Tribute in 1984 we, of course needed a Rickenbacker 12 string. I was visiting a friend’s music store in the Cleveland area and he had a 1963 Rickenbacker 330 hanging on the wall.

It was in poor condition but structurally sound. It was the six string version of George Harrison’s 12string. The exact same shape which was slightly more voluptuous than later newer models.

I removed the neck and made a 12string neck for it using a vintage fretboard from a late 50s Rickenbacker Capri (see story of 1958 Rickenbacker 325 replica) and even though I’m not a fan of getting autographs, I was happy to see the signature of ‘Angelina’ who I believe was an early 60s quality control, sander or finishing buffer.

After binding the front and back of the body and spraying a fireglo finish the guitar was stage ready. Original pickups and wiring harness have for many years and thousands of shows produced the sound so many love on iconic Beatle recordings such as A Hard Days Night, I Should’ve Known Better, If I Fell and so many more. Great sound. Great guitar.

Mark Benson

Signature under the Control Panel of the now 360/12

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