Credited with manufacturing the first electric guitar, the importance of Rickenbacker can be easily overlooked, with their influence on the competing electric guitar brands of the 1950s and 60s being undeniable. The earlier 'old style' Rickenbacker 360 Capri models were one of a range of Electro Spanish guitars designed by luthier Roger Rossmeisl, renowned for his work with both Rickenbacker and Fender. These 300 series guitars encompassed a range of semi acoustic instruments, and went on to be popular throughout the 1960's, being used by the Beatles, the Who, the Byrds and Jefferson Airplane among many others.
This 1966 Rickenbacker 365 is a fantastic example of a vibrato equipped 360 guitar. The 'new style' body, introduced in 1964, features a rounded top edge, aimed to offer a similar contoured feel to that of guitars like the Stratocaster. The body is fitted with a pair of 'Toaster' pickups that are most associated with the bright, jangly sound of vintage Rickenbacker guitars. The lacquered Rosewood neck has a low profile feel that is comfortable to play, and is finished with the shark fin pearloid fret inlays only found on these deluxe models, along with the cat-eye sound holes. Other features include double line Kluson tuners, roller saddle bridge, a white split layer pickguard, checkerboard binding on the rear of the body, and a later Rickenbacker case.
This guitar is in excellent condition, with some signs of play wear to the rear of the body. The serial number dates this guitar to March of 1966, with the pots dating to the 1st week of 1966. The 'Rick'o'Sound' stereo jack input has been replaced, and the pickguard has had a previous crack repair. This guitar has been given a full service and appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.