Up for sale, a 1987 Rickenbacker 360/12 OS BT in exceptional, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Visually evoking mid-1960s Rickenbacker aesthetics, this rare guitar features a custom color White gloss finish framed by black top and back binding. The "OS" (Old Style) 360 body shape references the pointed cutaways, and this visually stunning instrument was essentially the precursor to the V64 reissue, complete with the "BT" (Black Trim) black hardware package.
The tone is everything you expect from a 12 string Rickenbacker, with chime, sparkle, and shimmer and a particularly balanced and full acoustic voice. The strings jangle with plenty of top end and ample, focused bass as well. Even though the pickups are dubbed "Hi-Gain" by Rickenbacker, their modest single coil output allows for that signature top end to come through with smooth midrange that has just the right amount of percussive cut. The guitar balances well on a strap and weighs 8lbs 1oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Rickenbacker has low action and offers easy playability in every register.
The dual truss rod enforced maple neck has a round, inviting C profile carve with a hair more heft in the higher registers, measuring .870" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The bound slab rosewood fretboard features pearl triangle inlay, and the original slender fretwire is intact, retaining its full factory height with well-rounded crowns. The frets show just a hint of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, playing cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rods. The scale length is a full 24 3/4", and the stock nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the original black Schaller tuning machines all turn smoothly with clean plating. And of course the famous Rickenbacker logo and truss rod cover is present as well.
All of the electronics work as they should, and the guitar has the option of either mono or stereo operation via the "Rick-o-Sound" dual output jacks. The jack plate has an "B0" prefix, translating to February of 1987, and everything is exactly how it was when the guitar left the Rickenbacker factory, with untouched solder joints and CTS pots that date to the 3rd week of 1986. The control layout includes individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup, and an additional fifth knob that blends in the neck pickup signal with that of the bridge (especially useful when both pickups are engaged). The original factory markings are present on the body beneath the pickguards with the "WHT" designation for the custom color clearly visible. The original two-tiered pickguards are also intact, and the plastic parts are near mint. The chrome "R" tailpiece and six saddle bridge are present too, and there are two small mounting holes just forward of the bridge, likely for MIDI pickup mounting in the guitar's lifetime.
An extremely tidy, well-preserved instrument, the White finish is quite bright, showing only very faint yellowing of the gloss. There are a few small scattered nicks and minor scuffs on the body as a whole, and an isolated spot of broad finish checking on the bass-side body horn. Wear on the neck profile is limited to a couple tiny nicks and finish scratches, and one more yellowed spot from resting on a stand.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtag and factory paperwork.