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Author Topic: John Lennon's Rickenbacker 325 The Instrument that Launched the British Invasion  (Read 1539 times)

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That is an awsome guitar. The history of it is great as well.
When I was 8 years old in the wake of the Ed Sullivan Show, all the kids in the neighbor hood were making trashcan, coffee can drums and singing beatle songs so my dad got a piece of plywood and made me a fake 325 with a pine neck and twine strings held on with roofing nails. When I brought that out the kids went wild. Everyone had to take a turn pretending with it.
I had a good dad!
Thanks for bringing back that memory! :)
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Fantastic read on John's Rickenbacker 325 guitar:

Interesting! Thanks so much for sharing the link.
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I am not trying to contradict anything, but according to the book "Beatles gear", the 58 325 had a neck repair and was first painted black with a brush job by a carriage maker. I will go back and re-read the story and check my facts.
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I am not trying to contradict anything, but according to the book "Beatles gear", the 58 325 had a neck repair and was first painted black with a brush job by a carriage maker.


Right, Larry.  That might have been the case.  It's mentioned here too:  http://www.thecanteen.com/lennon3.html
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ep Bob thats what I was talking about. but that aticle did not mention the neck crack reaip. I wonder if I missed it up with later 325 having the neck reair. I'll have to re read that chapter again. but you found what I was talking about. As far a the body being maple or alder, Its up for discussion. both are silmiliar in color and density and the finish that Rickenbacker used was called "maple glow". It was intened to give a warm honey like look to the finish , much as a aged nitro cellulose finished piece of funiture would look. I do now some Rics were maple and some were alder. This was choice of painted Fenders starting in the early 60s due the scarcity of swap ash and the similiarity to to swap ash as well as maple. But without holding Johns guitar in hand its all subjective to opinion.
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Ok I went back and read Andy Babiuk's book. The 58 325 was painted black by a carriage maker with a brush......go figure. But the electronics got messed up and Jim Burns re-worked them. The '64' 325 was the one with the neck repair as John had dropped it from the stage during one of the Christmas shows. Also according to the book trhe repair was done poorly and left jagged edges . So it is a small wonder John could even play it after that.
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