How does playing this little guitar make us happy? Let us count the ways: first, it has the effortlessly cool cresting wave cutaway body. Second, it’s the very embodiment of simplicity, with two tone control knobs, a tone selector, and the renowned toaster pickup. And third, this is the same model that Beatle George Harrison played during an appearance on the British TV show Ready, Steady, Go, so you know it’s gotta be cool!
But how does it sound, you ask? Pretty darn cool, we respond. It has that unmistakable Rickenbacker chime, but also plenty of bite. Plug this diminutive beauty into a good tube amp and it evokes a more innocent time, when bands were expected to play everything from “My Bonnie” to “Lady of Spain” to “Twist and Shout” during the course of the night.