Rickenbacker 325

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Rickenbacker 325
Rickenbacker 325C64.jpg
Rickenbacker 325C64 (A reissue of the 1964 model 325 played by John Lennon)
Body typeSemi-hollow
Neck jointSet-in
Scale20 34 inches (530 mm)
BodyMaple; alder on 50s instruments & reissues.
NeckMaple; alder on 50s instruments & reissues.
FretboardBubinga (1960s–2000s), Paduak (late 1950s), Chechen (current).
Pickup(s)Three single-coil pickups
Colors available
Mapleglo (natural), Jetglo (black), Fireglo (red sunburst)

The Rickenbacker 325 is the first of the Capris series of hollow body guitars released in 1958 by Rickenbacker.


It was designed by Roger Rossmeisl, a guitar craftsman from a family of German instrument makers. Production models were 20 34 inches (530 mm) short scale, dot fretboard inlays, and a small (12 34-inch-wide [320 mm]) body. The body is unbound, semi-hollow, with 2 o'clock angled sound hole (although re-issues lack a sound hole due to the Lennon connection), and boasts the "crescent moon"-style cutaways. This series is currently available only in "C" reissue form. These instruments gained prominence due to John Lennon's use of a 325 during the early years of The Beatles. John Lennon's 1958 model was among the very first batch made and has the pre-production feature of a solid top with no sound hole. All subsequent production short-scale 300-series Rickenbackers (310, 315, 320, 325) had sound holes until the late 1970s.

Notable players[edit]


  1. ^ John Lennon's musical instruments
  2. ^ Sollenberger, Kraig. "Susanna Hoffs Yesterdays... And Today". Vintage Guitar Magazine. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  3. ^ Fanelli, Damian (16 February 2017). "John Fogerty Is Reunited with His CCR Rickenbacker After 44 Years". Guitar World. Retrieved 4 September 2018.