Up for sale, a 1986 Rickenbacker 360/12 in near mint, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. Finished in original Ruby Red gloss, this rare custom color model comes complete with the original six-saddle bridge (12 saddle Ric bridge currently installed) as well as the original hardshell case.
The tone is everything you expect from a Rickenbacker, with chime, sparkle and shimmer from the 12 string configuration that instantly conjures memories of the '60s British Invasion and folk boom of the era. The chorusing strings jangle with plenty of top end and balanced, focused lows as well. Even though the pickups are dubbed "Hi-Gain" by Rickenbacker, their clear single coil output allows for Ric's signature top end to shine through with balanced midrange and just the right amount of percussive cut. The guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz. Professionally setup and strung with 10-47 strings, this Rickenbacker has low action and very accurate intonation, thanks to the 12 saddle bridge.
The dual truss rod enforced maple neck has a round, inviting medium C profile carve with just enough fullness in the shoulders, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is bound and inlaid with pearl triangles, and the gloss on the fretboard highlights the grain in the rosewood. The stock slender fretwire shows only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, playing cleanly in every register. The scale length is a full 24 3/4", and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the original Grover Mini Rotomatic tuning machines all turn smoothly with flawless chrome plating. These gears were used for a very brief time on Rickenbackers, and their tuning stability is unparalleled. Of course the Rickenbacker-branded truss rod cover is present as well.
All of the electronics function as intended, and the guitar has the option of either mono or stereo operation, with the "Rick-o-Sound" dual output jacks. Everything is exactly how it was when the guitar left the Rickenbacker factory, with dual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup, along with an additional fifth knob that blends in the neck pickup signal with that of the bridge (especially useful when both pickups are engaged). The solder joints are untouched, and the original CTS pots date to the 3rd week of 1986. The jack plate has a ZC-prefix serial number, translating to March of '86. The chrome-plated hardware is positively gleaming, including the pickup bezels, "R" tailpiece, Rick-o-Sound jack plate (with perfect silkscreened text) and 12 saddle bridge with cover, and the original plastics are equally clean.
Cosmetic wear on the Ruby Red gloss finish is limited to a touch of finish checking on the edges of the cats eye F hole, a few faint pick scuffs across the dual-tiered pickguards, and a few light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss central to the back. There are also a couple tiny finish chips on the top third of the headstock. The neck profile gloss is flawless. This is a collector-grade example of a particularly rare, discontinued Rickenbacker custom color model.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included, along with the original six-saddle bridge.