Behold Rickenbacker’s new Midnight Purple 330

Rickenbacker 330 Midnight Purple
(Image credit: Future / Phil Barker)

The story goes that Ben Hall, son of recently retired company president John, and grandson of Francis Hall who led the firm during its ’60s heyday, posted a pic on the Rickenbacker Guitars’ Facebook page back in May 2021. 

It was of a metallic purple 330 model (Hall called it “Grape Jelly”) with black hardware. It transpired that he had commissioned a small run for the home market. UK distributor Rosetti saw the post, loved the idea and ordered its own limited run of 25. They renamed the colour Midnight Purple, and a real showstopper it is, too.

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.