Rickenbacker 330 Limited Edition review

A limited-edition model from a leading brand in popular music since the '60s. But is Rickenbacker’s 330 still relevant today?

Rickenbacker 330 Limited Edition
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

You can't miss this limited-edition 330, not with a finish this bright, and not with this tone. Its open chime remains one of the classic sounds in electric guitar, and is deserving of rediscovery from the next generation of players looking to rewrite popular music history.


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    Unrivalled chiming tones.

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    Build quality.

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    Some will find it too quirky.

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    Not a top choice for blues and rock.

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It’s something of an occasion when Guitarist gets its hands on a new Rickenbacker guitar, so rare is it that they come along. And this one’s rarer than most, being a UK-only limited edition of only 25 guitars. 

Imagine, then, the expectation on receiving a large cardboard box, opening the lightweight moulded case inside and finding this Pillar Box Red 330 model glowing back. It’s almost impossible to imagine how music from the latter part of the 20th century on would have sounded without Rickenbacker electric guitars and bass guitars

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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.