The Rickenbacker 340 was essentially a three pickup version of the popular 330, and the 345 a version of the 340 with a vibrato tailpiece. Originally, the 345 and 340 were modeled after Rickenbacker's Capri guitars of the '50s with sharper, smaller horns. The body was updated to its more iconic style in 1961. This model was reissued as the 340VB starting in 1985.

Years of Production: 
1958 - 1974, 1985 - 1995

Body Style: Double cutaway semi-hollowbody

Wood Composition: Maple back and sides, three-ply Maple/Walnut neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: 25 3/4-inch scale length, dot inlays, four control knobs, three Toaster Top pickups, vibrato tailpiece  

Finish Specification: Fireglo is a standard Rickenbacker finish.

Notable 300 Series Players: Tom Petty, Peter Buck, Johnny Marr

Product Specs

  • 345 Capri
  • Fireglo
  • 1959

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