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Rickenbacker 330F

PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:50 am
by BlueWolf
I’m really don’t know much about Rickenbacker guitars, but I am curious about one particular model, an early 1960’s 330F. I believe the F stands for full body, but it is unclear to me what this means a exactly. What particular features differentiates a 330F from a standard 330? Are there any particular years of this model from the early 60’s that are particularly rare and valuable? I would appreciate any information you can provide to educate me on this model of Rickenbacker.

Re: Rickenbacker 330F

PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:53 am
by sloop_john_b
The 330F is a rare and valuable guitar. The differences it and a standard 330 should be pretty apparent when compared side-by-side.

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Re: Rickenbacker 330F

PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:56 pm
by admin
Further to John's comment, here is a very brief 2015 article from Premier Guitar on a 1960 330F. Welcome to the RRF Gary.

https://www.premierguitar.com/reader-gu ... acker-330f

Re: Rickenbacker 330F

PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:25 pm
by jdogric12
What most photos don't show is how deep the body is.

Re: Rickenbacker 330F

PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:06 pm
by BlueWolf
Thanks for the info. Very helpful. What a gorgeous instrument. In the instrument pictured above, it looks like it has P90 style pickups. I thought the Rickenbackers of that era used toaster style pickups. Can you clear that up for me? Oh, and 330Fs come in both single and double cutaways?

Re: Rickenbacker 330F

PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:18 pm
by collin
BlueWolf wrote:Thanks for the info. Very helpful. What a gorgeous instrument. In the instrument pictured above, it looks like it has P90 style pickups. I thought the Rickenbackers of that era used toaster style pickups. Can you clear that up for me? Oh, and 330Fs come in both single and double cutaways?


I don't think the first photo in John's post is showing (at least it isn't for me).

The second photo that I think you're referring to is a bog standard modern 330 model in Fireglo.

None of these guitars ever had a P90 style pickup. They are all single coils (both toaster and Hi Gain varieties). The 330F models (along with all other Rickenbackers during that era) had toaster pickups.

All F-model guitars were single cutaway with a similar profile/silhouette to an early Gibson ES-175.

Re: Rickenbacker 330F

PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:05 pm
by BlueWolf
Thanks, Collin.

Re: Rickenbacker 330F

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:29 am
by jps
Here is a 330F.

I'm not sure but it may be from Ron.

330F '58 MG DSC09019.jpg

Re: Rickenbacker 330F

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:36 am
by jdogric12

Re: Rickenbacker 330F

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:37 am
by BlueWolf
Wow. The Fireglo 330F is absolutely gorgeous.