"[Jeff] Buckley bought this 12 string Rickenbacker 360 with the money from his first advance after getting signed with Sony. (...) This guitar was actually gifted to the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell after Buckley’s death by his mother after contributing to the posthumous release *Sketches For (My Sweetheart The Drunk)*."more
In this Coldplay live performance of the song "One I Love", Chris Martin can be seen playing a Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar, in a Jetglo finish. Glimpses of the guitar can be seen throughout the video, although [a closeup around 2:56](http://youtu.be/Kthbikn8Z7Q?t=2m56s) shows 12 strings on the guitar, which distinguishes this from the 6-string version of the Rickenbacker 360. Around [4:32](http://youtu.be/Kthbikn8Z7Q?t=4m32s) you can see the guitar in its entirety, without the camera jumping around too much. This Coldplay performance is taken from the [Coldplay Live 2003](http://www.amazon.com/Coldplay-Live-2003-DVD-CD/dp/B0000DJZ9T) CD/DVD set, shot on July 21 and 22, 2003 at the Horden Pavilion in Sydney, Australia.more
12 November 1966, promotional appearance at the Duke of York’s Barracks, Kings Road, Chelsea. 1965 or 1966 360/12 Mapleglo (New Style). A Rose, Morris Co., LTD, 1998 lies in wait. Amps are Marshall JTM45 100 100w Tremolo head (top), and 1967 Marshall Major (“Pig”) 200w head (bottom), with Marshall 8x12 cabinet.more
Ed used this Rickenbacker 360 12-String Electric Guitar for performances of "Staircase", as seen in this video. The best shot of guitar is at 0:15. This was performed on "Austin City Limits festival" on March 6, 2012. Ed also used it for a song "How to disappear completely", on this peformance of Radiohead in Montreal, Bell Centre, on June 15, 2012. Since camera is focused only on Thom, and Jonny, and Phillip ocassionaly, best shot of him with this guitar was at 0:22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM-Q9g0-7J8more
"I played the donated Hohner for quite a while, then got a Satellite, which was a nice 335 copy. I used that for the early Ride stuff, and when we got signed I bought two Rickenbacker 12-strings—a 330 and a 360—and a Gretsch Tennessean, all in one shopping trip on Denmark Street in London."more
In this photo gallery interview, James Dean Bradfield says, “I won this in a bet with [record producer] Mike Hedges. During one session in his Normandy studio for This Is My Truth... we were ragging each other over a rugby score. So we had a bet! I used it on, among other songs, If You Tolerate This... for the solo. My Les Paul Custom and the Thinline weren’t quite working. Quite an interesting solo - it went through both my Marshall and Vox and then got returned through a Moog synth. It’s a simple solo, but I like to think it’s elegant."more
In the hands of Roger McGuinn, this Rickenbacker electric twelve-string guitar provided the signature sound for the Byrds and, moreover, marked the merging of folk and rock music in the mid 1960s. Inspired by George Harrison’s use of a Rickenbacker twelve-string (the company’s very first twelve-string) in the Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night, McGuinn bought one for himself in early 1965. It was originally a model 360-12, with two pickups, but in 1966 he sent it back to the factory to have an extra pickup installed, making it a model 370-12. At the same time, the factory added a compressor, controlled by the mini-switch in the pickguard. To avoid the extra-long headstock that most twelve-strings require, Rickenbacker staggered the tuner mountings on the back and the side of the headstock. Rickenbacker also reversed the typical configuration of the octave string pairs so that the player’s downstroke hit the low string first. The result was a unique sound that made McGuinn’s opening figure on “Mr. Tambourine Man” instantly recognizable. This guitar was stolen in 1966 at a Byrds concert at Fordham University in New York and didn’t resurface again until the statute of limitations expired. McGuinn immediately ordered another 370-12 in Mapleglo (Rickenbacker’s name for natural finish) and continued to set the standard for twelve-string guitar in rock music - See more at: http://www.guitaraficionado.com/guitar-collection-roger-mcguinns-1964-rickenbacker-360-12.html#sthash.qLA0v4o5.dpufmore
> Elsewhere in the studio space are a recent-vintage Rickenbacker 360-12, a Jersey Girl electric with distinctive maple control knobs, a purple sparkle–finish Washburn acoustic/electric allegedly built for Prince to use on the 1984 Purple Rain tour, a 1993 Martin D-28 (“That guitar’s a cannon”), a rare three-pickup Silvertone from the Sixties, and a 1984 Bond Electraglide.more
In this video of Jefferson Airplane performing at the Monterey Pop Festival, you can clearly see Paul using a Fireglo Rickenbacker 360/12, identifiable by its rounded edges, soundhole, color, and grooved headstock. It is a common misconception that Paul bought a MapleGlo Rick with factory black tape on it in the first place. As a matter of fact, I am guessing that Paul bought this guitar in 1966, in a factory FireGlo finish that can be seen throughout the Airplane's 1967 performances, including at the Monterey Pop Festival. When he got the guitar, he customized it by placing lines of black tape over the finish and somehow fixing a holographic sun image to the upper plate of the pickguard, cut to perfectly fill the area of the plate, all of which can be seen on the different TV performances of that year. Then, in 1968, he shaved off the fireglo of the guitar to reveal the maple body, but left the tape on the guitar. However, these could be completely different guitars, for all I know. After all, Paul *did* have multiple Rickenbacker 360/12s.more
The jangle of a Rickenbacker 12 is practically legendary. And for that, it's unmatched. But it's mostly a one trick pony. It doesn't have a lot of versatility in the sounds it makes. I think the 3 pickup 370 is less versatile than the 2 pickup 360 version. Mainly because it the 370 has a 3 position pickup switch instead of 5. And I think all the pickups are the same, they just sound duller in treble as you move towards the neck.
Speaking of the neck, that's the Rick's main flaw. It's too narrow. Chording is often difficult unless you have very thin fingers. The neck does have a double truss rod, though, which is nice if you need that level of adjustment (hopefully not!)
The bridge and tailpiece are another weak point, but that's not unique to Ricks. The bridge is loose. It sits on a metal plate and the tension of the strings hold it down. That's annoying when restringing. It's much worse on a 12 string, though. THe tail piece is also loose. The string tension pulls it against a hook on the bottom. The strings don't pull through holes in the tail piece, they hook along the back of slots underneath the R tailpiece. This combined with the loose tailpiece and bridge make for 2 hour string changes. The strings fall out of the slots often. It's very frustrating and timely to restring this beast.
But you're not going to do Tom Petty songs justice without one. Free Falling isn't quite the same on another brand.
What can I say about this guitar that you haven't already heard? It doesn't take much effort to conjure up the sounds of your favorite 60's songs on this baby. George heard Roger, Carl Wilson heard George and Tom Petty heard all three of them and ended up friends with all three of them. If you grew up in the 60's like I did the sound of this guitar raises the hair on your arms. It's absolutely amazing to play and to listen to.
So many legends have used this, from George Harrison to Pete Townshend. Has a very full sound, and stays in tune for a considerably long time. Great guitar, price is too high tho