Rickenbacker 335 Rose Morris 1997 Fireglo from 1967


The Rickenbacker Company was founded in 1931 by Adolph Rickenbacker, a Swiss-American businessman and engineer. Adolph Rickenbacker was passionate about music and already had experience in the music industry through his previous company, the Rickenbacker International Corporation, which produced stringed musical instruments.

At first, Rickenbacker focused primarily on making resonator guitars, a type of guitar that uses a metal cone to amplify sound. These were popular among musicians of the time, especially in the blues and country music styles.

And it was during the 1950s that Rickenbacker began to turn to the manufacture of electric guitars. The brand enjoyed great success with the "Combo" model, a full-body guitar with distinctive curved shapes. Thus, Rickenbacker electric guitars quickly made a name for themselves thanks to their unique sound and elegant aesthetic.

It was then that in 1957, Rickenbacker entered into a partnership with the British company Rose Morris. The latter was a major distributor of musical instruments in the United Kingdom. And this partnership has allowed Rickenbacker to expand its presence in the British market. Rickenbacker guitars were distributed by Rose Morris in the United Kingdom under the brand name "Rose Morris Rickenbacker" or "RM Rickenbacker".

This partnership with Rose Morris also contributed to the growth of the Rickenbacker brand in the 1960s. The Beatles, among others, played a major role in popularizing Rickenbacker guitars. George Harrison used a Rickenbacker 360/12 guitar during the recording of the song "A Hard Day's Night" in particular, which sparked considerable interest in the brand's instruments.

After the partnership with Rose Morris ended, Rickenbacker continued to grow as an independent brand. Rickenbacker guitars became iconic, particularly in rock and folk-rock of the 1960s and 1970s. Artists such as Tom Petty, Pete Townshend and Roger McGuinn helped maintain the brand's instruments' notoriety.

Today, Rickenbacker is still active and continues to make high-quality electric guitars known for their distinctive sound and retro aesthetic. Classic models are still highly sought after by musicians and collectors.

Therefore, the partnership with Rose Morris was an important step in the history of the Rickenbacker brand. He helped expand the brand's reach in the UK and introduced many British musicians to Rickenbacker guitars. And more particularly this allowed the discovery and popularization of Rickenbacker in Europe.

Here, it is a 1997 Rose Morris 335 model in Fireglo finish which is for sale dating from April 1967.

A model testifying to the rock era of the 1960s of course, of which this model was only produced between 1964 and 1969, but therefore also to the development of the Rickenbacker brand to the notoriety that it is known for. still recognize today.

Technical characteristics :

  • Top: Maple
  • Body: Maple
  • Neck: Maple-Rosewood-Maple
  • Fingerboard: Varnished rosewood
  • Width at nut: 41.5 mm
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Frets: 21 frets
  • Scale: 24.75" (628 mm)
  • Profile: Slim C
  • Pickguard: White 1 ply
  • Hardware: Chrome (Kluson Deluxe)
  • Pickups: 2X Original Rickenbacker Toaster Pickups
  • Controls: 2X Volume / 2X Tone / 3-position switch / Balance
  • Country of manufacture: United States
  • Year: April 1967
  • Finish: Fireglo
  • Decorations: White dots
  • Details: Slot completely repaired by a specialist / Sticker of a volume knob replaced / Vibrato arm replaced by a corresponding one from Rickenbacker / Normal signs of wear given its age / Delivered in its hard case

Like all our instruments this guitar has been completely restored, the electronics have been checked and cleaned, and the instrument is tuned.

Furthermore, it offers very pleasant playing comfort.

With a very vintage sound, dynamic, balanced and with good mojo, this guitar will delight guitarists who are vintage fans!

It is possible to attach a certificate of authenticity with the guitar, issued by a specialized expert.

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