Roger McGuinn - Rickenbacker 360/12

Roger on his love of his 1966 Rickenbacker 360 12:

"We went as a group to see 'A Hard Day’s Night' multiple times and were totally taken with The Beatles. I liked George Harrison’s Rickenbacker 12, but I couldn’t find one that looked like his with the pointy cutaways, so I bought the blonde 360 model.

I thought it was beautiful, like a golden palomino and the checkerboard binding reminded me of Gene Autry or Roy Rogers. I loved that guitar and played it eight hours a day."

"It was later stolen and I discovered that it was auctioned off in England for over $100,000. Given the statute of limitations and the difficulty in dealing with laws in a foreign country, there wasn’t much I could do, even though I considered myself the legal and rightful owner."

1966 Rickenbacker 360/12 - Blonde


  1. It seems odd that anything stolen from an American icon could be auctioned for $100,000 with no legal penalties for the thief. I'd like to know just how it was stolen and by who.

    1. You would not believe the number of musicians and artists who did not get paid properly for their work one way or another.