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The British Invasion of 1964 initiated a rise in popularity of the Model 325. The Model 325C64 duplicates the Model 325 as produced in 1964-complete with semi-hollow maple body, reshaped body and head... Click To Read More About This Product

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The British Invasion of 1964 initiated a rise in popularity of the Model 325. The Model 325C64 duplicates the Model 325 as produced in 1964-complete with semi-hollow maple body, reshaped body and headstock, 3 vintage-style single-coil pickups, Deluxe Vintage tuners, and Accent Vibrato.

For a detailed chronology of the Rickenbacker Model 325's role in the British Invasion, check out Backbeat Books' "Beatles Gear: All The Fab Four's Instruments From Stage to Studio" (SKU #H64162).

Includes hardshell case.

Features
  • Semi-hollow maple body
  • 21 frets
  • 20-3/4" scale
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Dot markers
  • Accent Vibrato tailpiece
  • Set neck
  • 3 vintage single-coil pickups
  • Deluxe Vintage tuners
  • Includes case
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Rickenbacker325C64 Miami C Series Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good pick up (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (6)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (6)

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5.0

Finally got my Rick!

By Fazzu

from Sacramento

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Rickenbacker 325C64 Miami C Series Electric Guitar:

    Love the color and style. I wanted one since I saw John Lennon playing his. (15 years old)
    I finally got mine at age 44.
    I wouldn't mind having a 12 string!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic guitar, and a must for Beatles fans!

    By Andrew L.

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rickenbacker 325C64 Miami C Series Electric Guitar:

      I am still learning guitar, but have been a big Beatles fan. This guitar was my "holy grail", so I was happy to finally own one. The short scale takes some getting used to, but nothing beats that classic Rickenbacker tone. Highly recommended!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      incredible vibe. coolness factor off the scale!

      By Frankie J

      from Norfolk, Virginia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Rickenbacker 325C64 Miami C Series Electric Guitar:

        I have wanted one since I saw the Beatles on TV. Beautiful craftmanship. A work of art.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By Butch

        from Jersey Shore

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Rickenbacker 325C64 Miami C Series Electric Guitar:

          The size of the guitar was shocking at first, it looked so small. After figuring out the settings (bass, treble, volume), I played it through my vox amp, and was totally delighted. I have small hands and the size of the fretboard enabled me to begin using Barr chords easier, and swiftly. Overall sound quality was noticeable, and pleasing. I wanted the guitar to sound good, and I was rewarded. I could not find this guitar in any music store to try it out, and I bought it here so that I would have a 45 day test period- passed the test, this guitar is not going back.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitars

          By Wyatt

          from West Virginia

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Recording

            Comments about Rickenbacker 325C64 Miami C Series Electric Guitar:

            I own 3 guitars from Rickenbacker. 325C58, 325C64 & and a 340 12-string. All have that same wonderful great ric sound. If there was one thing I would suggest to Rickenbacker, I would ask, plead & beg them to make a series of guitars with a clear poly coat over the finish. Change a string, clean it with a cloth or accidently touch the guitar with a fingernail, and it will scratch. Tiny hairline scratches that will not come out very easily. Set up with intonation, etc. can be difficult, but once set up, they are pretty much perfect. Once again, these are not really complaints, because the pros outweigh the cons I have listed here. Overall quality of workmanship is excellent.

            (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Overall an amazing guitar

            By OldFriend

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Aesthetically Pleasing
            • Good Feel
            • Versatile Iconic Sound

            Cons

            • Can't "try B4 You Buy"
            • Cost
            • Flat Fretboard
            • Flawed Finish
            • Sensitive Tuning

            Best Uses

              Comments about Rickenbacker 325C64 Miami C Series Electric Guitar:

              I purchased the Rickenbacker 325 after researching electric guitars for over a year. I had very high expectations about this guitar. In this fairly extensive review, I hope to touch on some important and useful aspects not covered by other reviewers. I hope that you'll conclude along with me that even with its shortcomings, the 325 is truly an amazing guitar.

              Sample Specs: (Scale length, Fret width at nut, Weight, Overall length)
              Rickenbacker 325: 20.75, 1.63, 7, 34.5
              Fender Stratocaster: 25.50, 1.69, 8, 38.6
              Gibson Les Paul: 24.75, 1.70, 9, 39.0

              If you want to outfit your 325 with strap locks, buy the strap lock buttons through the Rickenbacker website. These buttons have built-in screws that match the holes in your 325, so there's no drilling needed. Rickenbacker designed these buttons to fit Schaller strap locks, which you'll need to purchase separately. Be sure to order two buttons.

              The 325 comes with medium-gauge strings. Although these strings work well for rhythm guitar, I found them too stiff for playing leads and a bit harsh on the finger tips. I put light-gauge GHS Guitar Boomers. The E string sometimes buzzed when I played the first few frets, so I had to slightly raise one side of the bridge with three turns of the Allen wrench. I recommend moving to light-gauge strings.

              Pros
              Aesthetically pleasing. The 325 is an elegant double cutaway with the rich interplay of colors: white pickguard/trim, chrome hardware, and reflective black lacquer finish.

              Comfortable feel. This enclosed semi-hollow guitar is lightweight at just under seven pounds. Further, one of the more unusual features of the 325 is it's a ¾-size guitar, both body size and neck length. The guitar's shorter scale, shorter fret widths, and narrow neck make it easier for people with shorter fingers. Indeed, the shorter size renders the 325 an ideal fit for smaller people. I have done a lot of research on shorter-scale electric guitars. Such guitars are very rare. In fact, I would submit to you that if you want a very good quality short-scale electric, this is the only new guitar on the market.

              Versatile and iconic sounds. In shorter scale acoustic guitars, you end up compromising sound, but in the 325 there's no such compromise. The three pickups along with the tremolo deliver a wide-range of sounds. The single-coil pickups tend to deliver cleaner acoustics. Another unusual feature of this guitar is the pickups aren't embedded in the body of the guitar but are elevated above the guitar's body. This characteristic gives the guitar the classic 60s muffled sound.

              The 325 is one of only a handful of guitars equally adept at rhythm and lead. In the Beatles' early years, John Lennon shows this guitar is great for playing driving rhythm guitar. Then John Fogerty played a similar 325 in his peak Creedence Clearwater Revival years. We can see Fogerty's Fireglow 325 in the legendary 1970 concert. Indeed, Fogerty demonstrates the 325 is also a formidable lead guitar to be reckoned with.

              Cons
              High cost. The 325 is rarely discounted. The price tag for this guitar isn't for the faint at heart. The 325 is a specialty item with low demand (e .g. Beatle enthusiasts), and low supply (few of these are manufactured).

              Flawed finish. The first 325 I got had a flawed textured finish along the edge of the top of the body and along one edge of the head. Musician's Friend's replacement 325's head is nice and smooth, and its body is better with lighter texturing along the same edge of the top of the body. The replacement is acceptable, but I'm a bit disappointed. Since Rickenbacker can make the rest of the finish nice and smooth, surely they can do so along these edges. I would encourage Rickenbacker to set the bar higher and do a better job.

              You can't "try before you buy." There are so few of these guitars around that you can't drop by your local guitar dealer and physically try one out. So there is some increased risk here in whether you'll like the guitar.

              Sensitive tuning. Because of the tailpiece design, the tuning of each impacts each other. You may find yourself going over each string a half a dozen times or more before all strings are in tune and stable. You can reduce this effect if you remove one string and replace it before going to the next string (in other words, avoid changing all strings at the same time as the instructions say). Also, I found using a narrow diameter wood dowel helps to hold the end of the string wrapped around the tailpiece as I tighten each tuner.

              Less comfortable flat fret board. Curved fret boards better fit the natural shape the hand and fingers form when making bar chords.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Exceeds expectations!

              By MusicLover24

              from Nixa, MO

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautifully Made
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Rickenbacker 325C64 Miami C Series Electric Guitar:

                This guitar is worth every penny! The sound is incredible, and the feel is comfortable and sure. Before purchasing, we researched every guitar we could, and this Rickenbacker has exceeded all our expectations. The folks at Musician's Friend were very helpful and patient throughout the purchase process, answering all our questions and providing useful information. We expected a fine guitar, but this one exceeds all expectations! My son is still learning, but is now writing his own songs, and he gets whatever sounds he is looking for from this guitar - quite the versatile instrument! The 325C64 Miami C Series is truly a work of art, and one that will be played and loved for a lifetime and beyond.

                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This Guitar IS John Lennon!

                By Rob

                from Cooper City, FL

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • All Of The Above
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 325C64 Miami C Series Electric Guitar:

                  It is THE ICONIC guitar of the one and only John Lennon!

                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love my 325

                  By Eddie

                  from Melrose, FL

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great Tone Great Feel
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • Possibly The Small Neck

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Rhythm Playing
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Rickenbacker 325C64 Miami C Series Electric Guitar:

                  I got my Rick 325 about 2 weeks ago. I wanted it mostly for playing Beatles music, as I am an avid John Lennon fan, however I was totally amazed at the overall quality of the guitar. I love it. It's a great instrument. It has a great feel, good tone, and simply looks great. It has a finish so glossy that I can see myself in it. It's s rhythm instrument - not exactly built for thrashing soloing, although I have played George Harrison solos on it. Overall - well worth the price.

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Rickenbacker 325

                  By Engineer909

                  from Chicago il

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Rickenbacker 325C64 Miami C Series Electric Guitar:

                    If you want a cool little guitar with that 1960's vibe, this is the one.... I've had four Ric 325s and I have loved each one. The 325c64 is the replica of John Lennon's second 325. It has a great mid-range sound that I have only heard on the 325. The little 5th control knob is a little weird, a sort of blend knob, but over all a cool sound. Some might find playing lead a little difficult higher up on the short scale neck. I would suggest playing one before buying. The roller bridge is a pain sometimes, but this is period correct, so be forewarned..

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