Rickenbacker 325

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Rickenbacker 325
Rickenbacker 325C64.jpg
Rickenbacker 325C64 (A reissue of the 1964 model 325 played by John Lennon)[1]
Manufacturer Rickenbacker
Period 1958–present
Body type Semi-hollow
Neck joint Set-in
Body Maple; alder on 50s instruments & reissues.
Neck Maple; alder on 50s instruments & reissues.
Fretboard Bubinga (1960s–2000s), Paduak (late 1950s), Chechen (current).
Bridge 6-way
Pickup(s) Three single-coil pickups
Colors available
Mapleglo (natural), Jetglo (black), Fireglo (red sunburst)

The Rickenbacker 325 is the first of the Capri 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 20-3/4" short scale, dot fretboard inlays, and a small (12-3/4" wide) 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, i.e., 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]

  • John Lennon played 325s and their assorted variants during the 1960s (Including a 12-string made to match his second 325).[2] A replica of Lennon's 325 is available as a guitar controller for The Beatles: Rock Band.
  • Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles played the 325 and its full scale variant, the model 350 (Hoffs even received her own signature version of the 350).[3]
  • Toots Thielemans used a Combo 400 guitar in the 1950s and may have inspired John Lennon, a fan of Toots, into buying a Rickenbacker himself.[4]
  • John Fogerty played his Fireglo 325 on many Creedence Clearwater Revival songs. He can be seen playing it in footage from CCR's 1970 Royal Albert Hall performance.


  1. ^ http://www.productwiki.com/rickenbacker-325c58/
  2. ^ John Lennon's musical instruments
  3. ^ Sollenberger, Kraig. "Susanna Hoffs Yesterdays... And Today". Vintage Guitar Magazine. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  4. ^ R.R. Smith, The History of Rickenbacker Guitars, Anaheim, 1987, p. 75.