Up for sale, a 1987 Rickenbacker 620/12 BT in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Fairly rare in a 12 string configuration alone and rarer still in a custom color, this Rickenbacker 620 has a unique look with a yellowed White gloss finish framed by black binding and accented by black plastics and hardware, earning it the "BT" designation, short for Black Trim. The pair of Rickenbacker's single coil "Hi-Gain" pickups deliver all the jangle and sparkle you'd expect from this classic design, highlighting the clear, chiming qualities of the 12 string configuration, and the neck through body gives the instrument great acoustic resonance and sustain. The guitar weighs a modest 7lbs 10oz and balances well on a strap. Professionally setup here at our shop, Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Ric 620 has been dialed in with fresh strings and low action.
The neck has a nice round C profile carve, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The gloss finished rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which show wear most notably beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, with much fainter wear on the crowns extending to fret 6 and virtually no wear further up the fingerboard. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25" scale length, and the neck is straight with a pair of responsive, optimally adjusted truss rods. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the original "Rickenbacker" logo/truss rod cover is present, as well as the stock black Shcaller tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
All of the electronics work as they should with untouched solder joints and CTS pots which date to the 48th week of '86. Each pickup has its own dedicated Volume and Tone knobs, as well as the fifth (smaller) blend knob that allows you to mix in the amount of signal from the neck pickup when both are engaged. The "F0" prefix serial number stamped on the stereo Rick-O-Sound jack plate conclusively dates the instrument to June of 1987. The original hardware is all intact including the six-saddle bridge and R tailpiece.
Originally a bright white, the gloss finish exhibits horizontal checking and yellowing of the clear coat, particularly on the lower bout on the back and surrounding the foam that elevates the pickup bezels. Cosmetic wear includes a few small finish chips on the back body edge, and a sliver of wear through the gloss adjacent to the Rick-o-Sound jack plate. There is some requisite pick scuffing across the dual tiered pickguards as well as a few small nicks on top, and a few finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included.