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1986 Rickenbacker 325V59 Capri Vintage Guitar Jetglo John Lennon w/ Bigsby B5, Case


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Up for sale, a 1986 Rickenbacker 325V59 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This rare and discontinued Rickenbacker model is a faithful reissue of the 325 Capri, decked out with the factory-installed Bigsby B5 vibrato.

A short scale Rickenbacker model that truly captures the classic jangle and percussive rhythm familiar to any Beatles fan, this instrument is outfitted with the original trio of Toaster Top single coils. The guitar is also featherweight at only 7lbs 1oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 10-46 roundwound strings, this Rickenbacker is dialed in with spot-on intonation and low action.

The maple neck has a round medium C-shaped profile, and much of the depth and shoulder of the profile carve is attributable to the thick slab rosewood fretboard. The profile measures .840" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The original slender frets are practically perfect with well-rounded crowns, showing only faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The scale length is 21", as per factory spec for this short scale model, making it easy to execute chord extensions and navigate the fretboard quite speedily. The nut width measures 1 5/8". On the headstock, the original back-painted lucite gold truss rod cover/logo is intact, along with the stock Schaller Deluxe tuning machines.

The electronics all function as intended, with an untouched wiring harness and CTS pots. The mono jack plate has an "ZL" prefix, translating to December of 1986. The three-way pickup selector couples the middle pickup to the neck and bridge for tonal combinations only found on triple pickup models, and this guitar features a trio of Rickenbacker's higher output Toaster Top pickups offered in this era.

Plastics include the dual-tiered gold pickguards, with notable oxidation and greening of the gold paint on the underside of the lower tier of the back-painted lucite pickguard, with more restrained oxidation on the Rickenbacker-branded truss rod cover. The quartet of oven knobs round out the plastics. The bridge works in concert with the original Bigsby B5 vibrato tailpiece which is a very useful and responsive vibrato, perfect for quick warbles and moderate dives, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. The chrome plating on the hardware is gleaming save for a touch of patina on the Bigsby, and wear on the Jetglo finish is limited to buckle rash central to the back, and sparingly little additional wear on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.