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325/12 Twelve-string (serial no. DB151)

Rickenbacker, Inc. American
John Lennon British

Not on view

Shortly after John Lennon used a Rickenbacker guitar in the Beatles’ first Ed Sullivan Show appearance, Rickenbacker built him this one-of-a-kind twelve-string version of his Model 325. Lennon played the guitar throughout the Beatles’ North American tour in 1964 and during the recording sessions for A Hard Day’s Night and Beatles for Sale; it is probably heard in the introduction of “Ticket to Ride.”

Technical Description:
Semi-hollow body; maple body and neck, padauk fingerboard; 20¾ in. scale; black finish; set neck with dot inlays; slotted headstock with Rickenbacker logo on truss rod cover, side- and back-facing tuners for main strings and octave strings; three chrome bar pickups, three-way selector switch, two volume and two tone controls with master volume control; chrome-plated adjustable bridge, tailpiece, and tuners, black plastic knobs, white plastic pickguard

325/12 Twelve-string (serial no. DB151), Rickenbacker, Inc. (American), Maple, padauk, chrome, plastic

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