Up for sale, a 1989 Rickenbacker 370/12RM Roger McGuinn signature model 12 string in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, factory paperwork, COA, and even a Byrds JangleBox compressor. One of the earliest and most celebrated Rickenbacker artist model instruments from a limited run of 1000 guitars, the McGuinn model is one of the most feature-rich and purpose-built 12 strings ever offered. Features include a hand-shaped 1960s style “fast action” neck profile carve, full fretboard width triangular inlays, checkerboard binding, a trio of Toaster Top alnico magnet single coils, and a 12 string bridge for optimal intonation. The McGuinn was also offered with or without a built-in compressor, and this is one without, featuring the traditional Rickenbacker control layout which is much more tech-friendly and reliable (and with the included JangleBox, Byrds-sanctioned compression is a footswitch click away).
An absolute jangle and chime machine, beyond simply what the signature on the pickguard would imply, the McGuinn model delivers crystal clear tone, sparkling with top end sweetness and sparkle emblematic of both the quintessential Rickenbacker sound and also the sound of the Byrds. The hollow maple body with neck through construction gives the 370/12RM a sustain, immediate attack, and richness found with few 12 strings. Equipped with stereo "Rick-o-Sound" functionality, and a middle pickup exclusive to the 370 model (coupled to the neck pickup when using the three-way pickup selector), the 370/12 has more fullness and midrange heft than its brother the 360, and the smaller fifth knob on the Rickenbacker control plate is very useful on this model for blending in the right amount of low end. Weighing 7lbs 10oz, this guitar is easy on the back, professionally setup here at our shop, Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh D'addario strings, low action, and optimal intonation.
The hand-shaped '60s fast action neck has a slender C profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders (notably more slender than Ric's modern 370 profile), measuring .825" at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard boasts triangular pearl inlays which extend all the way to the fretboard edges, and the slender vintage-style frets are flawless. The neck is straight, both truss rods are responsive and optimally adjusted, and the guitar plays easily in every register. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the Schaller Deluxe Kluson-style tuning machines work smoothly and hold pitch well, and the lucite Ric truss rod cover/logo is also intact.
All of the electronics work as they should, and everything is exactly how it was when the guitar left the Rickenbacker factory with untouched solder joints and CTS pots which date to the 34th week of '88. The chrome "R" tailpiece and 12 saddle bridge with original cover is intact and the chrome plating is positively gleaming. The stock knobs have minty caps, and the pickup covers are also practically perfect. Cosmetically, this is truly a near mint instrument and a particularly nice example of a rare and discontinued Rickenbacker model. There are a few exceedingly faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the back, and one slightly darker errant mark in the finish just to the bass side of the center seam at the waist. The gloss on the neck profile is flawless, with a couple spots of isolated checking along the neck binding.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included, along with the COA with matching serial, factory paperwork, hangtag, Ric polish cloth, and of course the Roger McGuinn-endorsed and Byrds-branded JangleBox compressor effects pedal.