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 Post subject: Buying a 330. Help chose years please?
 Post Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 4:07 pm 

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Hi to all
After some years Im finally buying a used 330. Huge The Jam Paul Weller Fan but I need it mostly to Play some beatles early years concerts (Lennon part). Can’t go Vintage not enough money but there are 3 on sale at a very similar price here in Spain
I can’t go to try them. Here the options..
Fireglo 1988....1600€
Fireglo 1999....1500€
Jetglo 2004.....1400€

Which are the best quality years of all? Which one will you grab eyes closed?


 Post subject: Re: Buying a 330. Help chose years please?
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:53 am 
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Love the Jam and Weller.

If it were my decision, I'd buy the newest one and/or cheapest one - lucky for you, that's the same guitar (and it's also the Jetglo-iest one good for playing Lennon parts). There won't be any real factory quality difference between those years like with other brands as Rickenbacker has not been bought and sold, but rather stayed within the Hall family for decades now. There may be a slight cosmetic differences, like a different sized headstock or something, or possibly a different neck thickness (I'm not positive on what exact years those things may have changed), but they're all high quality instruments. The bigger difference between your choices is whether you want a 30-year old guitar which has probably had more owners, has more wear and tear, has a greater chance of having been damaged/improperly maintained, and on top of all that, is more expensive.

 Post subject: Re: Buying a 330. Help chose years please?
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:01 am 

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I would like to add that every guitar, even if they're cosmetically identical and especially a RIC, will sound a little different from each other. Fine electric guitars and even cheaper ones have differences in tone that even manufacturers have trouble accounting for. It is an art form, after all. And I say, especially a RIC because of the interesting and subtle design changes that they continually make on the instruments, keeping them different from each other in sound, look and feel.

My advice is to play any and all the guitars, if you can. Additionally, I have found that I grow to love my guitars more after I have owned them for years and have played them frequently. The "vintage" and "personal" effect, if you will. Different amp and signal chains help to bring out the best in each "voice", as well.

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