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Rickenbacker 1990 John Lennon Signature 355/12 JL, Jetglo, Pre-Owned

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  • Full Scale John Lennon Signature 
  • 1 Of 329 355/12's Made - And 1 Of 2000 John Lennon Signature Instruments
  • Eastern Rock Maple Body and Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Includes Original Vintage Silver Hardcase, COA + T-Shirt
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This Rickenbacker 355/12JL is pre-owned, but in good condition for its age - the hardware, specifically the tuners, show its age, and there are one or two small marks and finish checking, but playability is excellent - and the guitar is 26 years old!

Santa Ana, California (January 1, 1990) - Rickenbacker:

Rickenbacker International Corporation announces the acceptance of orders for the John Lennon Limited Edition. As a rock 'n roll legend and spokesperson for world peace, John Lennon used the Rickenbacker sound almost exclusively during his early days with the Beatles.

The John Lennon Limited Edition, Model 325JL, is entirely handmade in America from solid Eastern Rock Maple with a rosewood fingerboard on a three quarter scale neck complimented with three vintage Rickenbacker pickups. The instrument comes standard with vintage vibrato. This series offers features which make it unique within the Rickenbacker product line. The Company located some of the original tooling to insure faithful recreation of the headstock, pickguard and nameplate. Also offered are the 355 JL and the 355/12 JL. The 355 JL is a full scale version of the 325 JL and the 355/12 JL is its 12-string compliment. Both guitars feature trapeze tailpiece. A special "vintage" case will be available with silver covering and crushed velvet interior similar to the original.

The Company will manufacture only 2000 instruments from this series.

The models will be formally introduced at the 1990 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim. Pricing will be announced at the Show. Each guitar will be accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity and Origin. Production deliveries and certificate numbers will follow order sequence. 

Final production totals...

Model - Quantity 

325JL - 953 
325JL LH - 21 
355JL - 660 
355JL LH - 8 
355JL VB - 23 
355/12JL - 329 
355/12JL LH - 5


  • John Lennon Limited Edition
  • Eastern Rock Maple Body
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 3 Toaster Pickups
  • Trapeze Tailpiece
  • Full Scale Neck
  • Vintage Silver Case

Adolph Rickenbacker founded Rickenbacker with two partners in 1932. The company was originally named Ro-Pat-In then in 1934, renamed to the more logical Electro String instrument corporation. The name "Rickenbacker " was also added to the head stock this year. Electro String sold a series of frying pan, lap steels and Electro Spanish guitars. In 1953 Rickenbacker sold the company to Francis Cary Hall. In 1957 Rickenbacker introduced the Combo 650 and the Combo 850 which utilized a sweeping crescent shape.

In 1958 Rickenbacker introduced the thin hollow body designs completing the design elements we recognize today. One of the interesting things about Rickenbacker guitars is that the deluxe models (starting in 1960) featured and extra jack with "Rick-O-Sound" which divided the signal from the neck and bridge pickups allowing each signal to be fed to a different amp. In 1964 Rickenbacker added 12 string models to their line, John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles were early customers. By 1965 the distribution company was finally renamed "Rickenbacker Inc. and today it is known as Rickenbacker International Corporation or RIC.

We Welcome Part Exchange

We welcome part exchanges on items over £500. We realise that sometimes you need to “move something on” to get your new guitar. We give fair prices and once agreed we stick to them. The only thing we ask is that you accurately describe your guitar. We have plenty of happy customers from our part exchange scheme.

How it works – If you are local, you can simply call in. If you are not local we will assess your guitar and give you a valuation via phone/e-mail (we may ask for pictures). Once the price is agreed, we always stick to it, and your new guitar will be removed from the market so the deal can be concluded.

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