Up for sale, a 1998 Rickenbacker Tom Petty 660/12TP in near mint condition and in perfect working order. Part of a long ago discontinued limited run of 1000 instruments and easily one of the most highly figured 660/12TPs on the market, this stunning example features deep birdseye and curly maple figuring across the entire body and neck, highlighted by a saturated gloss Fireglo finish.
The Tom Petty model recreates the iconic instrument featured on the cover of Damn the Torpedoes, yet this particular guitar's original owner is also of note, Richard Moore of the Troggs, who also had his own custom pickguard fashioned for the guitar. Moore's custom gold plexi guard has "Snoop Trogg" written where one would expect the Tom Petty text, and this custom guard is included with the case.
Capturing a harmonically-rich jangle and chime, the 660/12TP boasts neck through construction and original Toaster Top single coils. Weighing 7lbs 12oz and very acoustically resonant, this guitar is the perfect instrument for the player that wants a visually alluring instrument with a versatile range of Ric tones. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Ric 660/12TP is strung with fresh D'addario strings, and we've setup the instrument for optimal action and solid intonation.
The maple neck has a substantial-feeling C carve, rounder in its shape than your typical production model 660 and measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .905" 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 original slender frets are intact, showing just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3 and virtually no wear further up the fingerboard. The rosewood fretboard retains its smooth gloss finish 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 2nd week of 1997, and the original model sticker is present in the control cavity, with a handwritten date of 10-06-98. Rounding out the essential date codes, the "W1" prefix on the mono jack plate dates to October of 1998. The chrome hardware is positively gleaming, and the dual-tiered gold lucite pickguards are near mint too, save for a tiny split in the lower guard adjacent to one of the knobs (purely cosmetic).
The warm, saturated Fireglo gloss is framed by checkerboard binding, and the birdseye maple and curly figuring extends all the way to the body edges, extremely deep and dimensional with no bald spots. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few very minor marks adjacent to the nut and a couple tiny, shallow nicks and faint finish scratches on the back of the body. The neck profile is flawless.
A brand new Winfield Ric-style silver tolex hardshell case is included, and this case combines the vintage-styled looks of Rickenbacker's 660 cases with a much more protective form-fit interior shape. A couple pieces of original factory paperwork are included, along with the custom Troggs pickguard.