Born in the Fifties: Electric Guitars
1958 Rickenbacker 330
This early 330 Rickenbacker has certain features that distinguish it from later incarnations. Prior to designing their own distinctive tailpieces, Rickenbacker used standard trapeze versions available in parts catalogs of the day. The single gold pickguard was soon replaced by a double level guard, which by 1964 was made of white Plexiglas. The TV knobs and open-back Grovers are other early features. The most unusual thing about this guitar is the rare “reverse” Fireglo finish.
Credit: Tim Mullally & Dave Rogers, Daves Guitar Shop, La Crosse, WI.