Play like a Heartbreaker! The 660 / 12TP is a very limited edition (1000 made) 12 string model Rickenbacker custom tailored to Tom Petty's specs. It's comfortable, resonant and absolutely beautiful to behold. The birdseye pattern in the top is striking, and the tonal qualities of the maple amplify the 12 string sound perfectly. If you ever wanted a Rickenbacker and dig the retro appeal, but have always craved a slightly beefier neck, that is precisely what we love about this instrument. The neck is extremely comfortable as it is slightly thicker, but still completely accessible and forgiving all the way up the fingerboard.
Near mint showing only minuscule dings in headstock and pickguard.
The Tom Petty Limited Edition, Model 660/12TP, is entirely hand made in America from solid "charactered" Eastern Rock Maple with a fully inlaid 21 fret rosewood fingerboard. Using neck through body construction, this 12-string instrument features "checked" binding, vintage pickups, vintage knobs, gold pickguard and nameplate, vintage keys designed to Rickenbacker specifications, trapeze tailpiece and a 12 saddle bridge. The neck on the 660/12TP was designed to Petty's demanding standards. A Rickenbacker vintage case is included with each instrument. The instrument is available in Fireglo and Jetglo. Information regarding price may be obtained from the local Rickenbacker distributor.
The company previewed the instrument at the 1988 Summer NAMM show in Atlanta.
The model was formally introduced at the 1991 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim. The Company manufactured only 1000 of these instruments. Each guitar will be accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity and Origin. Production deliveries and certificate numbers will follow order sequence.