Up for sale, a 1991 Rickenbacker Tom Petty 660/12TP in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, COA, hangtags, and polish cloth. With the limited production numbers on this model (and Jetglo examples representing less than 20% of the production run), it’s rare to find a 660/12TP that’s actually seen some real use as opposed to being a proverbial “case queen.” This example has the rich resonance and authoritative acoustic voice of an instrument that’s been played enough to really open up. And with a medium jumbo refret and finish removed from the fingerboard (two common player-requested tweaks on any Ric platform), the guitar has a nuanced chime and effortless playability.
Capturing a sparkling percussive cut and harmonically-rich sound, the 660/12TP boasts neck through construction and original Toaster Top single coil pickups. Weighing 7lbs 15oz, this 660/12TP has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, strung with fresh D'addario strings, and setup with optimal action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C carve with modest shoulder, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The notably spacious 1 3/4" wide nut provides the ideal width for players that need a bit more room to navigate the fretboard, and the guitar has been refretted with flawless medium jumbo fretwire. The rosewood fretboard has been professionally stripped of its gloss, and has a silky smooth feel with triangle inlays that stretch all the way to the fretboard edges, just like the Rickenbackers of the '60s. The gold "Rickenbacker" truss rod cover is intact and the Ric Deluxe tuning machines turn smoothly with clean plating.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup and Rickenbacker's unique fifth knob that provides a smooth gradient for blending in the neck pickup when both pickups are engaged. The solder joints are untouched, with CTS pots that date to the 33rd week of 1990. Rounding out the essential date codes, the "H4" prefix on the mono jack plate dates to August of 1991. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, including the 12 saddle bridge for fine-tuning the intonation, and the dual tiered gold lucite pickguards are intact, with Petty's signature on the upper guard.
The Jetglo gloss finish is framed by deeply ambered checkerboard binding, and cosmetic wear includes light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss across the body, very tight finish checking on the back of the body horns and at the waist, and some small nicks through the gloss on the back lower bout body edge. The gloss on the neck profile is very smooth with a sliver of palm wear through the finish on the bass-side shoulder.
The original numbered COA, hangtags, unopened polish cloth, and silver tolex hardshell case are included.