Up for sale, a 1987 Rickenbacker 330, near mint and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtag. Unlike the "glo"-suffix finishes on most Rics, this rare custom color finish is simply categorize as "Red," framed by black binding and accented by black hardware, an uncommon iteration earning it the "BT" designation which stands for "Black Trim."
Tonally, there's nothing that can match the iconic jangle, chime and shimmer of the Rickenbacker semi-hollow maple body design and Hi-Gain pickup pair. There's plenty of warmth and sonic variety available between the two single coils, and despite the Hi-Gain moniker, these pickups are actually fairly conservatively wound with modest output that keeps the top end snap and sparkle of the Rickenbacker sound very present in the mix. Acoustically, the guitar has a brilliant and clear voice, balancing well on a strap and weighing 7lbs 6oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Rickenbacker boasts low action, fresh 10-46 strings and solid intonation.
The black bound three-piece maple/walnut neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders largely by virtue of the thickness of the rosewood slab fretboard, measuring .865" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The original slender frets show virtually no wear, playing cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale, and the dual truss rod design keeps the neck arrow straight with ideal relief. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the original black Schaller tuning machines work as they should, turning smoothly and holding pitch well
All of the electronics work as they should, and the wiring harness features original CTS pots that date to the 49th week of '86. One pickup retains its original windings, and the other has just been professionally rewound to original spec. The "E0" prefix serial number on the jack plate identifies this Ric as a May, 1987 build. All of the hardware is original, and the black plating shows sparingly little wear (the Black Trim Rickenbackers come stock with chrome-plated bridges, while the bridge base and cover are plated in black). Plastic parts include the dual-tiered black pickguards, stock knobs, and baton switch tip. The gloss Red finish is exceedingly clean, showing just a few very minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included, along with the original Rickenbacker hangtag.