Carl Wilson's 360-12 ?

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Carl Wilson's 360-12 ?

Postby (Zurdo) » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:21 am

hi all,
recently I've been watching early videos of live performances by The Beach Boys, which I imagine are from 1962 thru 1965, being that most are in black and white film, including the tv appearances.

In a few of those videos I noticed Carl Wilson playing a 360-12 like George Harrison's 360-body style.

However, Rickenbacker issued a Carl Wilson Model which is like Roger McGuinn's 360-body style.

Why would that be, when the early videos clearly show a 360-12 similar to George Harrison's ?

thanks for any insight.
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Re: Carl Wilson's 360-12 ?

Postby (admin) » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:57 am

Jos: Carl Wilson played more than one model Rickenbacker, both old style and new style, with the Beach Boys. There are a few here. The one chosen as the Signature model by RIC is perhaps most representative and I expect was based on their research.
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Re: Carl Wilson's 360-12 ?

Postby (Zurdo) » Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:01 am

Peter, thank you for the link.

yes I see he played both styles. The photo shown in your link showing him "rehearsing for Shindig", looks like an "F" hole 360-12 model, a British model (Rose Morris).
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Re: Carl Wilson's 360-12 ?

Postby (JakeK) » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:02 pm

Zurdo wrote:Peter, thank you for the link.

yes I see he played both styles. The photo shown in your link showing him "rehearsing for Shindig", looks like an "F" hole 360-12 model, a British model (Rose Morris).


A prototype 1993 with a dot neck, trapeze tail and silver knobs that stayed in the US. The new-style 360/12 is what he's famous for.
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Re: Carl Wilson's 360-12 ?

Postby (Zurdo) » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:36 pm

so he got his after George Harrison ?
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Re: Carl Wilson's 360-12 ?

Postby (chucksimms) » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:45 pm

Other than Suzi Arden, everybody got theirs after George Harrison! :D
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Re: Carl Wilson's 360-12 ?

Postby (Zurdo) » Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:15 pm

chucksimms wrote:Other than Suzi Arden, everybody got theirs after George Harrison! :D


me too! I got mine after Roger McGuinn and after Paul K. of Jefferson Airplane and who knows who else. :)
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Re: Carl Wilson's 360-12 ?

Postby (jch) » Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:00 pm

I still think it would be a great idea for Rickenbacker to release a LTD run of a CW 1993 12 string .
And it would be good for the Carl Wilson Trust too.
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Re: Carl Wilson's 360-12 ?

Postby (Zurdo) » Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:42 pm

I second that, but I also think the "cat's eye" looks more "Rickenbacker" than a "F" hole. Although I think it was Gretsch who invented the cat's eye.
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Re: Carl Wilson's 360-12 ?

Postby (trosse) » Mon May 23, 2011 11:09 am

Zurdo wrote:so he got his after George Harrison ?


Yes... George got the second Rickenbacker 360/12 ever made... Number one went to a female American guitarist whos name I've forgot.
Oh Suzi Arden it was...
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Re: Carl Wilson's 360-12 ?

Postby (Zurdo) » Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:01 pm

Suzi Arden as named above.
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