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The Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar offers a lot”graceful body lines; a solid maple body; a sleek, and a fast-playing neck. You also get neck-thru-body construction for greater sustain; precision mac... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar offers a lot”graceful body lines; a solid maple body; a sleek, and a fast-playing neck. You also get neck-thru-body construction for greater sustain; precision machined German-made key winds; double truss rods; body and neck binding; triangular markers on its thick rosewood fretboard; dual single-coil pickups that deliver clear, bright tone; and dual jacks for stereo output. The Rickenbacker 620 looks great, feels great, and sounds killer.

Features
  • Solid maple body
  • Sleek, fast-playing neck
  • Neck-thru-body construction for greater sustain
  • Precision-machined, German-made key winds
  • Double truss rods
  • Body and neck binding
  • Triangular inlays on its thick rosewood fretboard
  • Dual single-coil pickup deliver clear, bright tone
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Rickenbacker620 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (19)
  • Good tone (19)
  • Fun to play (17)
  • Solid electronics (17)
  • Good pick up (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (13)
  • Jamming (12)
  • Recording (11)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Rock concerts (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I Finally Own A Rickenbacker 620 Fireglo

I've lusted for this guitar since I first held one in a Palm Springs music store back in 1977. The shape, the balance, the looks and the history of Rickenbacker guitars had me...Read complete review

I've lusted for this guitar since I first held one in a Palm Springs music store back in 1977. The shape, the balance, the looks and the history of Rickenbacker guitars had me dreaming of owning one for decades. Then about three years ago I played another one at the Dallas Guitar Show and made up my mind to get one. It still took me awhile, they're not cheap, but I finally own one and I'm thrilled! The feel and playability are unsurpassed and the looks are incredible! I'm the only guy in town that I know of that owns a Rickenbacker and I'm extremely proud of that fact. It now enjoys a place of honor in my music room next to my other guitars. The Rickenbacker era has begun at my house!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great sound, but some finish defects

First, I believe this to be a well-built guitar with a great sound. However, the one I received had some minor finish defects that made me dissatisfied. For some people, they may...Read complete review

First, I believe this to be a well-built guitar with a great sound. However, the one I received had some minor finish defects that made me dissatisfied. For some people, they may not have noticed these defects. However, I'm a craftsman, and it didn't take long for me to see subtle poolings of varnish and a couple of craters from a popped varnish bubble. If I'm going to pay this amount of money for a guitar, I do expect it to be perfect. It's a small surface area to be finished- it shouldn't have any defects. And it's USA made.

I contacted Rickenbacker with detailed photos of this guitar, and someone got back to me quickly with concern and said management would get in touch with me. Well, they never did. Shame on you Rickenbacker, but thank you MF for your return policy.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love At First Jangle!

By Gear Junkie

from Central NJ

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Requires More Maintenance

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

I need to put my bias out there first, I love Rickenbackers and I think they are like potato chips, you can't just have one, so this is my third and not my last (eyeing a 650D next). So I have several strats and tele's and they all have that ability to give you great tones, but there is still nothing like the sound of a Rickenbacker. It has the ability to give great clean tones and a wide range of clean tones and that's without using the stereo output, but can also give great overdriven tones as well as bridge the gap of what a strat or a tele can do. Rickenbackers and the 620 is no exception, is not a guitar that you look to shred on, but for that sound that fills out any band mix with a great solid clean or overdriven tone with a little more warmth than any Fender. If you haven't played a Rickenbacker some of this may not make much sense, but if you try one it will all fall into place. They are extremely well made instruments, made in the good old USA. They have a different feel than any Gibson or Fender as I find the neck's are a bit more tapered, but very comfortable. I bought my 620, because I wanted to use a Rickenbacker when playing gigs and didn't want to take the chance of damaging my vintage 360 or having something happen to my fairly rare 260 so the 620 was the logical choice. The only issue I've ever had with Rickenbackers are that they require a little more maintenance than strats or teles and re-stringing is a bit of a pain in the neck, but well worth the hassle. I find that the world is in two camps, those who love Ricks and those who are indifferent, but if you are looking for a great classic tone and something is missing in your guitar arsenal, a 620 in my opinion is a must try and buy instrument, no guitar collection is complete without one. Play one, preferably through a Vox or Fender amp and it will all make sense.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this guitar!

By Mike RI

from Cranston, RI

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Needed setup.

Best Uses

    Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

    I did have to have the guitar set up, but it plays beautifully, sounds great and looks great. Quality workmanship!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My Mainstay

    By Voxxbob

    from Ann Arbor

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

      I own 12 guitars but this is the one I use at all our gigs. The comfortable body and light weight are just a bonus to the sound quality. I normally play it thru a 1965 tube Vox Cambridge Reverb and it has the crystal clear ringing sustain you would expect from a Ric. When you're pulling a 4 hour night in the clubs you begin to realize just how nice it is over some other hefty guitars.

      (3 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Very midrange-y, neck feels cheap

      By DENICE

      from Prov RI

      Site Member

      Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

      This is an elegant-looking guitar, but not nearly as bright and jangly-sounding as Ricks are known for being. (My '95 American Standard Strat with stock Alnico Vs, my late-2013 American Special Telecaster with stock CS Texas Specials and my Vintage Blonde Squier Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster with stock Alnico IIIs all surpass it in that department by quite a bit, while each being more distinctive in sound and tone than the Rick 620, no matter how you play with the three tone and two volume knobs on every pickup setting.) The neck just feels cheap and plasticky to me, too, with an odd, rounded feel to the fretboard. I will give it more of a chance, but it's not knocking me dead with either of my Carvin tube amps so far.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A better Ric

      By Honest John

      from Staten Island, New York

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good finish
      • Good Tone
      • Good Tuners

      Cons

      • Bridge Cover
      • Noisy Pickups

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

        Recently purchased this guitar and a Ric 660-12. This guitar is the better of the two.

        The fit and finish is very good. Rickenbacker finishes their rosewood fingerboards in lacquer. If you like the feel of a finished figerboard (think maple fingerboard guitars) this will work for you.

        Tone is excellent if you can deal with the noisy single-pole pickups. Why can't Rickenbacker shield their guitars? As single pole pickups go, these apprear to have strong output.

        The "R" tailpiece makes it harder to restring because you need to load the string from the bottom and hook it in to the slot. Very quirky.

        Tuning pegs are first rate Schallars...unlike the more expensive 660-12 which uses inferior Klusons. (go figure) The bridge looks pretty good with the standard adjustable saddles as well as height and tilt adjustment.

        The bridge cover comes off easily with two screws. If you want to palm mute, the cover needs to go.

        The neck at the nut is a comfortable width. Rickenbacker necks do not get as wide as Gibsons or Fenders as you go up the neck. A little bit less room for string bending. But the strings are a bit closer for those high leads. It's a different feel you should be aware of.

        One last thing. A few people mistake this guitar for a shorter scale. It IS a full 24 inch + scale. The guitar looks smaller because the body is shorter than say a Les Paul even though the neck scale is about the same. Again, this Rick has a different feel than the aformentioned. But it is still well balanced and easy to play standing up.

        Overall a very nice guitar. Rickenbacker, go fix the 660-12!! (Read my review.)

         
        5.0

        great, fun to play

        By jerebear

        from Colorado

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Needs Better Strings

        Best Uses

          Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

          A beautiful guitar that is a good match for my Ric 4001 bass! I'm still training it, it may need some setup when I change to strings that I like better

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The one I've been waiting for

          By Gg1138

          from San Diego

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

            I've been playing for the past 22 years. I have had probably over 30 guitars. Les Pauls, SG, fender mustang, strat, tele, pawn shop, dan electro, schecter, ibanez etc. this blows them all away. This is the only electric guitar you will ever need for anything. Ever.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Rickenbacker 620

            By Edimoe

            from Stuart, FL

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

              Received my Ruby Red 620 three days ago. Shipped double boxed. Only needed to be tuned. Played bass in a band eons ago. Decided to take lessons on a six string and bought a used Ovation Celebrity and new Fender Acoustisonic 90 amp. Progressing to the point, I wanted to buy a "good" American made electric. My instructor recommended a Stratocaster and I tried out several, liking their fast easy necks, but never cared for their looks. Played several Gibson models, LPs being too heavy and SGs (played the bass version), better feel, but not a fan of humbuckers. A friend of mine from my band years who owns many guitars, (including several of each of the models mentioned) and never stopped playing recommended Rickenbacker. Always admired his guitar collection and the Ric's most of all. Read many reviews and decided to take a chance. Glad I did, hard to put down, no make that nearly impossible. Ralphie got his Daisy Red Ryder in Christmas Story, and this Christmas this old kid got his Ruby Red Rickenbacker 620!

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Great sound, but some finish defects

              By mr. mellow

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

              First, I believe this to be a well-built guitar with a great sound. However, the one I received had some minor finish defects that made me dissatisfied. For some people, they may not have noticed these defects. However, I'm a craftsman, and it didn't take long for me to see subtle poolings of varnish and a couple of craters from a popped varnish bubble. If I'm going to pay this amount of money for a guitar, I do expect it to be perfect. It's a small surface area to be finished- it shouldn't have any defects. And it's USA made.

              I contacted Rickenbacker with detailed photos of this guitar, and someone got back to me quickly with concern and said management would get in touch with me. Well, they never did. Shame on you Rickenbacker, but thank you MF for your return policy.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Game changer

              By Jimmy Cruz

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Rickenbacker 620 Electric Guitar:

                This instrument is absolutely awesome. It is a game changer and a unique, flexible guitar that every serious guitar player should consider. The design is curiously retro yet modern, its workmanship and finish are impeccable and the tones it produces are varied and unlike anything else you have played. The fretboard is narrow, but chording is effortless and smooth. It jumps out among other guitars and clearly and beautifully makes its presence known. Not all music genres will appreciate its mid-presence and chiming qualities, but for most pop-rock applications its a perfect blend of familiar ring and aggresive punch.

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