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 Post subject: 1991 Rickenbacker 325 - Is it a John Lennon?
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:13 pm 
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Hi Everyone,

I have a Rickenbacker 325 with serial number E47652 in jetglo. It has a John Lennon limited edition inscription on the pickguard. The pickguard is yellow, but I think that's because of the age. Everything seems to be in line with the way it should be, except the tailpiece is a trapeze. I don't have the vintage case or certificate of authencity with the guitar, I bought it off Craigslist from a guy who said it was in his closet since 1993. Is this a JL, or is it something else?


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 Rickenbacker 325 - Is it a John Lennon?
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:13 pm 
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johnnyd1979 wrote:
Everything seems to be in line with the way it should be, except the tailpiece is a trapeze.


The short scale 325JL was issued with an Accent vibrato so, if it is a 325JL, the tailpiece has been changed. The full scale model, the 355JL, was issued with a trapeze tailpiece from the factory.


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 Rickenbacker 325 - Is it a John Lennon?
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:05 pm 
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I know of a shop where there is a 325JL for sale - did they originally come with Hi-Gain pickups as that is how this one is configured.


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 Rickenbacker 325 - Is it a John Lennon?
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:22 am 
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Can't tell for sure without pics... The serial number range for a JL LE is correct... Here is one made a few numbers away from yours...

http://www.rickresource.com/register/vi ... 6order%3D6

Are you sure it is a short scale 325 and not a longer scale 355?? Those came without the Accent vibrato.

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 Post subject: Re: 1991 Rickenbacker 325 - Is it a John Lennon?
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From our internal system:

The serial number E47652 indicates that the instrument is a John Lennon Limited Edition (355JL:JG), and was limited edition number 1380 out of 2000.


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 Post subject: Re: 1991 Rickenbacker 325 - Is it a John Lennon?
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:26 am 
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Thank you so much for the input! I had a feeling it was a 355.


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