Vintage 1965 Rickenbacker 425/450 Conversion Electric Guitar Fireglo


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What makes this guitar special:  This sweet little guy started its life as a single pickup Model 425, then the previous owner caught the Beatle bug & decided to "Harrisonize" his guitar into a 450 with an additional pickup & toggle switch.  The project was almost complete - all he needed to do was refinish the guitar in Jetglo - but he didn't quite make it.  Regardless, the guitar has an ultra cool, true vintage vibe with nice tone & feel.  Professionally set up by our luthier with fresh strings & low action, so she's ready to play straight out of the case.

Cosmetic Condition:  Good, honest play wear, just the way we like 'em - various nicks, chips, dents & dings; surface scratches, buckle rash & some finish wear.  Overall the guitar has a wonderful look to it with a gorgeous patina.

Neck:  Slender profile maple neck with thick Brazilian rosewood fingerboard & cream dot inlays.  The 9th fret dot appears to be a replacement.  Original small frets show some wear, but still have plenty of life in them.  The original tuners were replaced with Schallers quite some time ago & the guitar is now fitted with newer Ric Deluxe repros which have a more period-correct vintage look.  1 9/16" nut width; 24 3/4" scale length.

Body:  'Cresting Wave' body style - neck thru design with solid maple wings.  Top-loading bridge plate with compensated saddle.  Single-ply white plexi pickguard.  The body was of course routed for the additional pickup.  Guitar weighs 6 lbs 12.6 oz.

Pickups:  Rickenbacker 'toaster top' single coils.  Master volume & tone controls with dual toggles - one is for pickup selection & the other is for phase.  All electronics are in good working condition. 

Case:  Unoriginal hardshell case included.