360/12C63 C Series 12-String Electric Guitar

Main features:
  • Matches the George Harrison 1963 version in every way

  • Double-bound body

  • Trapeze tailpiece

  • Body Type: Semi-Acoustic

  • No. Frets: 21

  • Scale Length: 62.9 cm (24 3/4”)

  • Neck Width at Nut: 41.4 mm (1.63”)

  • Neck Width at 12th Fret: 49.05 mm (1 .931”)

  • Crown Radius: 18.4 cm (7 1/4”)

  • Body Wood: Maple

  • Neck Wood: Maple

  • Fingerboard Wood: Rosewood

  • Weight: 3.6 kg (8.0 lbs.)

  • Overall Length: 101 cm (39 3/4”)

  • Overall Width: 38.1 cm (15”)

  • Overall Depth: 38.1 mm (1 1/2”)

  • Neck Binding: Yes

  • Fret Marker Style: Triangle pale white

  • Tailpiece: Trapeze

  • Bridge: 6-way split saddle

  • Neck Type: Set-in

  • No. of Pickups: 2

  • Type of Pickups: Vintage Single Coil Toaster Top™

  • Output Type: Parallel Mono

  • Machine Heads: Deluxe Vintage repro


Product Description

Although the last thing the red-hot Beatles needed in early 1964 was a “secret weapon,” that’s exactly what they got when George Harrison received his first Rickenbacker 12-string, in a beautiful Fireglo finish, in February of that year, during the Beatles’ first U.S. tour.

The guitar was given to him by Francis C. Hall, owner and president of the California-based Rickenbacker company, which is now celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Hall spoke to Brian Epstein before the Beatles arrived in the U.S. and arranged a meeting with the group. On February 8 at the Savoy Hilton in New York City, he showed the band several different models. Lennon tried out the 360/12 but thought it would be better for Harrison, who was sick in bed at the Plaza Hotel. When Harrison finally got to see it, he loved it immediately.

“Straight away I liked that you knew exactly which string was which,” Harrison said, referring to how the guitar’s 12 tuners are grouped in top- and side-mounted pairs on the headstock. “[On some] 12-strings, you spend hours trying to tune it.”

Harrison’s first 360/12 was the second Rickenbacker 12-string ever made; its serial number — CM107 — dates it to December 1963. The main difference between it and the prototype is how they are strung. The first model had a conventional 12-string setup, in which the octave string is the first to be struck in each string pair. On Harrison’s model and subsequent Rickenbacker 12-strings, the octave strings occur second in the string pairs and the lower-pitched string is struck first.

Harrison’s guitar has a trapeze tailpiece, triangle inlays, double white pickguards, black control knobs and mono and stereo (Rick-O-Sound) outputs mounted on a chrome plate on the side of the guitar.

The guitar, with its unique, chiming sound, can be heard on “You Can’t Do That,” the bulk of the A Hard Day’s Night album, “I Call Your Name,” “What You’re Doing” — and several other songs, up to and including “Ticket to Ride.” His second 360/12, a 1965 model with rounded cutaways, is heard on “If I Needed Someone.”

An exact replica of the world’s most popular electric 12-string.

It’s precisely the same great-playing and sounding guitar that George Harrison made so famous, complete with double-bound body, trapeze tailpiece and unique Rickenbacker 12-string headstock. This is the guitar that provided the soundtrack to some of the most memorable music of the ’60s and beyond. It matches the 1963 version in every detail with the full sound we all love. Includes hardshell case.