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Rickenbacker 325C64 (A reissue of the 1964 model 325 played by John Lennon)
|Body||Maple; alder on 50s instruments & reissues.|
|Neck||Maple; alder on 50s instruments & reissues.|
|Fretboard||Bubinga (1960s–2000s), Paduak (late 1950s), Chechen (current).|
|Pickup(s)||Three single-coil pickups|
|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 20-3/4" 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.
- John Lennon played 325s and their assorted variants during the 1960s (Including a 12-string made to match his second 325). 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).
- John Fogerty played his Fireglo 325 on many Creedence Clearwater Revival songs and live concerts, including their appearance at the 1969 Woodstock festival. 
- Maurice Gibb of Bee Gees has used the 325 on all live performances in the late 1980's until 2003.
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- John Lennon's musical instruments
- Sollenberger, Kraig. "Susanna Hoffs Yesterdays... And Today". Vintage Guitar Magazine. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- Fanelli, Damian (16 February 2017). "John Fogerty Is Reunited with His CCR Rickenbacker After 44 Years". Guitar World. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
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