1965 Rickenbacker Rose Morris 1993 (330/12) Semihollow 12-String Electric Guitar

A friend of mine bought this beautiful old Rickenbacker recently and I was psyched to work on it as I'm a big fan of the old Ricks. It's a "Rose Morris" model meant for UK export and as such it's got a mono jack (rather than the stereo "Rick-O-Sound" jack) and an f-hole cut instead of the cat's-eye cut. Otherwise it's basically fairly similar to a normal 330/12 model. This particular version -- the 1993 -- was used by a host of heavy-hitter players in the '60s and '70s and is one of those "holy grail" guitars, commanding absurd prices.

The action was pretty wonky when it came in -- with the neck adjusted straight on the bass side but with a pretty big warp on the treble side. With a little TLC in the truss cavity area, I managed to get both rods working well and then it was easy-enough to do the rest of the dialing-in on the guitar via a level/dress of the frets, new bone nut with nicer spacing, and some added compensation to the saddles. Said saddles had been a bit mucked-up and worn over time so there was no great feeling of worry over making them work.

This got a neck reset about a decade ago and the neck angle is still perfect.

Anything else? I mean... it's a semihollow Rick 12 from the '60s. What's not to like? Fast neck! Chime! Chord-smearing goodness! Annoy your friends, make friends of your enemies, all that. It's a hum-dinger and of course I'm jealous of it.

Repairs included: fret level dress, setup, saddle compensation, etc.

Body wood: maple

Bridge: 6-saddle (compensated, now)

Fretboard: big slab of rosewood

Neck wood: maple/mahogany laminated

Pickups: 2x "toaster" pickups

Action height at 12th fret: 3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 42w-9 custom set

Neck shape: slim-C/oval

Board radius: 7 1/4"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium-low

Scale length: 24 13/16"

Nut width: 1 5/8"

Body width: 15"

Body depth: 1 1/2"

Weight: 7 lbs 13 oz

Condition notes: aside from wear and tear to the finish, it's in great shape otherwise. Both truss rods work as they should, there's plenty of life left in the frets, and everything's original save the nut. The original nut is in the case but the one on it right now is a new bone one I cut for better spacing. It's Sharpie'd black.

It comes with: its original hard case (presumably).