If I had a dollar for every time I've heard the phrase, “Man, I would love a Rickenbacker!” then I would probably be able to afford this classic Rickenbacker Model 1993 Plus in Fireglo. Pete Townshend asked Rickenbacker to reprise and update his own beloved Model 1993 guitar. Rickenbacker did just that, and the result is the 1993 plus 12 string, which is what we are looking at here.
The 1993 Plus is a great looking instrument! Unlike a lot of 12-strings, where the machine heads are all jammed together in a row either side of a crowded headstock, Rickenbacker uses a clever design feature in order to accommodate all the deluxe vintage retro machine heads.
The neck has a rosewood fingerboard, featuring a 24 3/4” scale with 21 frets. I found the fretboard and shape of the neck very comfortable to play as was the action and spacing between frets. There were no buzzing or tuning issues anywhere on the guitar.
The 1993's semi-acoustic maple body helps deliver a definite sound, making it ideal for that legendary jangly, strummy tone Having the f-hole also increases its acoustic volume and natural resonance and gives this guitar a full, rich and warm sound Rickenbackers are known for.
Three vintage single coil 'Toaster Top' pickups deliver the tonal goods. These pickups were great, with the bridge delivering a cutting jangly top end and the neck a nice, deep resonate bottom, with the middle somewhere in between, again as you'd expect.
The finish and attention to detail are top notch and it has been setup and is ready to play.