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1996 Rickenbacker 325V59 Capri Mapleglo Vintage Reissue John Lennon w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1996 Rickenbacker 325V59 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This rare and discontinued Rickenbacker model is a faithful reissue of the 325 Capri, outfitted with a factory-installed Bigsby B5 vibrato in the same fashion as the 325 played by John Lennon. A short scale Rickenbacker model that truly captures the classic jangle and percussive rhythm familiar to any Beatles fan, this instrument is lightweight at only 7lbs 5oz with a semi-hollow maple body. The trio of original Toaster Top single coils have a sweet, cutting sound with the added warmth of the Capri body depth and construction, offering bell-like trebles and taut, snappy wound strings. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Rickenbacker is dialed in with 10-46 roundwound strings, optimal intonation, and low action.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The original slender frets have well rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. The scale length is 21" as per factory spec for this short scale model, making it easy to execute chord extensions and navigate the fretboard quite speedily. The nut width measures 1.650". On the headstock, the Ric Deluxe Kluson-style tuning machines hold pitch well and turn smoothly, and the headstock face is complete with the gold lucite Rickenbacker truss rod cover.

The electronics all function as intended, with an untouched wiring harness and a three-way pickup selector that couples the middle pickup to the neck and bridge for tonal combinations only found on triple pickup models. The two-tiered gold plexi pickguards and large "oven" knobs are notably clean, and the hardware is all in great shape including the chrome plating on the Toaster pickup covers and bridge which retains its stock cover over the saddles. A very useful and responsive vibrato, the Bigsby B5 is perfect for quick warbles and moderate dives, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. There's also a small amount of wear through the black paint around the word “Bigsby.” The serial number on the mono jack plate dates the guitar's manufacture to June of 1996.

The gloss Mapleglo finish is very clean overall, with a small amount of finish chipping on the treble-side lower bout edge on top adjacent to the pickguard edge, and some small nicks and light finish scratches central to the back. There is also some isolated finish cloudiness on the edges of the neck pocket. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with one small spot of wear through the clear coat on the treble-side shoulder by fret 5, and a couple similar shallow marks through the fretboard gloss on the rosewood on the treble side at fret 6.

A hardshell case is included.