A Brief History from our Tech Writer
Carl Wilson was a founding member and the lead guitarist of the monolithic pop act The Beach Boys. Influenced by guitar legend Chuck Berry, Wilson provided a trademark guitar tone that was a staple of the bands early sound. Though he played Fenders early on, Wilson was eventually drawn to the Rickenbacker 360/12, influenced by famous players like Roger McGuinn and George Harrison. The 360/12 introduced an innovative new feature of staggered tuners that allowed 12 strings to be strung up on a standard sized headstock. In addition, the instrument featured the lower string first in the octave pairs, which made for a unique tone. The guitar was made hugely famous by its frequent use in The Beatle’s Hard Days Night film, and further by players like Carl Wilson. Discontinued in 2000, this guitar is from Rickenbacker’s limited run of Carl Wilson tribute 360/12s, and is a faithful representation of the guitar the man loved.
This guitar is in near-mint condition, barely played, with the only major modification being a new nut, cut to reverse the above mentioned string order. But purists need not worry as the original nut is included in the case. Meant to represent the 1965 style, this guitar has checkered binding, vintage style pick-ups, and Kluson-style tuners. The top is maple that even shows some birdseye figuring in some spots through the Fireglo finish. The neck is the same width as a typical 6 string, which makes it a bit tricky for players with big hands. Overall, this guitar would make a wonderful addition to any Rickenbacker enthusiast’s or Beach Boys fan’s collection; don’t pass it up! Ships in its original hard-shell case.
Weight: 6 lbs. 5 oz.
9/10 (near-mint condition) 2000 Made in the USA
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