SEMI-HOLLOW BODIED RICKENBACKER GUITARS

These guitars are what most fans consider the "classic" Rickenbacker style of instrument. With the very rare exception of the huge "F" bodies, they have the signature "Rick" geometry of an elliptical cutaway extending across the fretboard, yielding two pointed "horns" (again, with one exception--the "New Style" 360s, which have the same proportions, but rounded-off top and softer "horns".).

Earlier versions of this guitarchitecture from 1958-1960 were dubbed "Capris", reportedly named after the Hall family cat, and are distinguished by a higher waist and smaller "horns" than post-1960 versions. In 1961, the waist on the larger-bodied version was moved down and "horns" made more pronounced, eliminating the early "Capri" shape, which, while undeniably charming, was a bit awkward.

The great majority of semi-hollow bodied Rickenbacker projects that we've completed over the last 15 years were the larger-bodied versions of this classic style: 330s, 360s, and 381s. The balance were small-bodied 320s and 325s. This group of  projects covers a range of dates from a "phantom" 325 build from 1957, to projects from the current decade.

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