Rickenbacker Rose Morris Model 1997 Reissue Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (2000)

Rickenbacker  Rose Morris Model 1997 Reissue Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (2000)

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Rickenbacker Rose Morris Model 1997 Reissue Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (2000), made in Santa Ana, CA, serial # 0014800, Fireglo red sunburst finish, laminated maple body, laminated maple and paduak neck, original hard shell case.

Certainly one of the most recognizable of the classic 1960s guitars, the Rickenbacker 300 series of thin hollow-body guitars has returned to favor again and again as new generations discover its bright, well-defined sound and utterly distinctive look and feel.

Rickenbacker has for many years now made extremely accurate and loving re-issues of their earlier instruments -- this is a near-perfect 2000 re-issue of the iconic red sunburst-finish ("Fireglo") Model 330 as sold from Rickenbacker's UK distributor Rose-Morris beginning in 1964. That company used their own model number series, so the American Model 330 became the 1997 in UK parlance.

The British-issue model is distinguished by the "f" sound hole in place of the "slash" normally used on American Rickenbackers, and the earlier style flat-plate tailpiece. Rose-Morris requested the f-hole on instruments ordered by them, which they felt would appeal to the more "conservative" UK customer.

The single most famous 330 series Rickenbacker guitar would of course be John Lennon's 1964 Model 325, used during the Beatles' period of worldwide fame in 1964-5. Following the Beatles' lead, many young musicians in the 1964-68 era chose thinline Rickenbacker guitars, making them an enduring 6-string symbol of the period.

The Rose-Morris models 1997 and 1998 are most firmly associated with the early Who and the group's first records are an absolute showpiece for the unique Rickenbacker sound. Despite sometimes being dismissed with a "1960s cliche" image, the Rickenbacker 330/1997 is a more versatile guitar than many realize, and a great-sounding and very classy instrument for both retro and modern sounds!
 
Overall length is 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm.), 15 in. (38.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 9/16 in. (40 mm.).

This all-original guitar appears very little used, with only a few tiny wear spots. The frets and fingerboard show virtually no wear. Plays and sounds exactly as it should, in the original silver case with the Ric maintenance booklet and polish cloth still in the poly bag. Near Mint Condition.