The Rickenbacker 620 electric guitar combines the distinct jangle of a great Rickenbacker with the performance of a great solidbody. The 620 was first produced in the 1950s to provide a superb instrument for aspiring rock ‘n’ rollers.
It has since been seen in the hands of guitar legends including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell. The Rickenbacker 620’s all-maple construction and Hi-gain single-coil pickups produce the classic Rickenbacker tone. The 620 also includes the renowned Rick-O-Sound stereo output for enhanced audio possibilities.
An iconic solidbody
Rickenbacker may have been the first electric guitar company to release a solidbody model with the “Frying Pan” lap steel. With the arrival of rock ‘n’ roll, however, came this 620 solidbody electric guitar.
The “Cresting Wave” body form of the 620 was popular with many guitarists at the time, and demand for the guitar hasn’t dwindled since. Sweetwater guitarists are overjoyed to be able to offer you the same guitars seen in the hands of some of music’s biggest personalities.
The Rickenbacker 620 solidbody electric guitar is made entirely of high-grade maple, with the exception of the fretboard. The dense density of maple lends endurance and top-end clarity to the tone. It’s also quite stable, which helps to keep the 620’s neck structurally sound.
The rosewood fretboard gives warmth and harmonic richness to the otherwise brilliant instrument, and the triangular pearloid inlays contrast beautifully with its chocolaty hues.
The company’s patented electronics are the heart and soul of all Rickenbackers. The Rickenbacker Hi-gain single-coil pickups in the 620 electric guitar give the stringiness of many other single-coils but with an aggressive cut that brings out the full jangle and chime that has driven so many rhythm and lead guitar records over the decades.
The two pickups may be blended to your desired settings using a 5-knob control arrangement. Rickenbacker also included two output connectors on the 620. The first is a traditional mono output. The second is a stereo Rick-O-Sound output, which sends separate signals from both pickups.
Just consider the possibilities! For bass definition, put your 360’s neck pickup into a clean American tweed, and your bridge pickup into an overdriven British stack for noisy tube grit. This is also an excellent alternative for studio performers. You can get a quick stereo track with only one performance by delivering one signal to two sources.
Rickenbacker 620 Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
- Legendary solidbody electric guitar
- All-maple construction adds high-end clarity to the tone
- 2 single-coil Hi-gain pickups
- Iconic triangular pearloid fretboard inlay
- Stereo Rick-O-Sound output lets you route each pickup individually
- Powerful passive electronics
- High-quality Schaller tuners
Rickenbacker 620 Tech Specs
- Number of Strings6
- Body TypeSolidbody
- Body Shape620
- Body MaterialMaple
- Body FinishHigh Gloss Poly
- Neck MaterialMaple, neck thru
- Neck JointNeck-through
- Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
- Fingerboard InlayPearloid triangles
- Number of Frets21
- Scale Length24.75″
- Nut Width1.63″
- Nut MaterialBakelite
- Bridge/Tailpiece6-saddle adjustable bridge with “R” tailpiece
- Neck PickupRickenbacker Hi-gain single-coil
- Bridge PickupRickenbacker Hi-gain single-coil
- Controls2 x volume, 2 x tone, 1 x blend, 2 x 1/4″ (mono, stereo out)
- Switching3-way toggle pickup switch
- StringsRickenbacker, .010-.046
- Case/Gig BagHardshell Case
- Manufacturer Part Number:620-DLX-FG
Who plays a Rickenbacker 620?
In 1977, Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers purchased the first 620/12 12-string (built in December 1963, but referred to as a prototype 625/12) and played it on hits such as Listen to Her Heart and Here Comes My Girl.