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.