In this picture Johnny Marr can be seen playing this guitar. "This is my 1983 Black Rickenbacker 330 that I used throughout The Smiths. I got it from A1 Repairs on Oxford Road in Manchester and it was my main guitar at all the early gigs. It's the sound of the riff on 'What Difference Does It Make' and 'Reel Around The Fountain', all of the first album and on other albums too. I still use it now. I've got my old faithful which is my Rickenbacker 330; a 6 string. I find that this one is the workhorse, it's the one that I use on most of the numbers live and in rehearsals." This was a major guitar throughout the Smiths live and recorded history. Retired by Johnny sometime in early 1985 for live use, it was later used regularly by Craig Gannon in 1986 as one of his 3 primary live guitars. It has "button top" style higain pickups and Grover slimline tuners. These tuners were used on Rickenbackers for a very short transitional period, and are fairly rare. Source: http://www.smithsonguitar.com/2008/12/johnny-marrs-gear.htmlmore
I picked up this guitar second hand from a guy in Melbourne for $2000. I saved up my pennies and drove all the way there from Sydney just to pick it up. Got it home and got her set up and by god does it play amazingly and also sound great. This thing is a real tone machine as well as being extremely comfy to play for hours on end!! Very light weight makes it an awesome live guitar as well as a studio whore.