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The 600 series has its beginnings in the early 1960s with the 615 and 625 models.  The models in this line are solidbody guitars with the "cresting wave" body shape and neck-through-body construction.  The 600 series are wired for stereo with pre-1969 models fitted with "toaster" single coil pickups and later models with "Hi Gain" single coil pickups.  Introduced in 1998, the 660/12 is based heavily on Rickenbacker's Top Petty 660/12TP Signature model.  In fact, the 660/12 and 660/12TP are identical except for the lack of Mr. Petty's signature on the pickguard.  The specifications chosen by Petty for his signature model differ somewhat from the usual features of 600 series.  The difference include a wider nut width, vintage style tailpiece, 12-saddle bridge, "toaster" pickups, and vintage style fret markers.  Except for the wider neck, these features make the 660 the most "vintage" model in Ric's 600 series.

RICKENBACKER 660/12  (August 1999)

Body:  Solid; flame maple, single bound top

Finish:  Natural ("Mapleglo"), conversion varnish

Neck:  1-piece maple, neck-through body

Fingerboard:  African rosewood, bound; pearloid triangle markers

Number of Frets:  21

Pickguard:  1-ply gold-backed clear acrylic

Bridge:  Tune-a-matic style with trapeze tailpiece

Nut:  Plastic

Tuners:  Ric/Schaller "Kluson Deluxe" style, enclosed, nickel

Pickups:  Two, Rickenbacker "toaster" single coil

Controls:  Volume and tone for each pickup, blend control, 3-way pickup selector switch

Scale Length:  24 3/4 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 3/4 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  13 1/4 inches

Body Depth:  1 1/4 inches

Weight:  n/a 

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