Tom Petty Guitars

Tom Petty Signature 660/12TP Rickenbacker Guitar



Santa Ana, California (January, 1991) Rickenbacker International Corporation announces the acceptance of orders for the Tom Petty Limited Edition. As leader of the world renown "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers", Petty has furthered his professional  accomplishments with the "Traveling Wilburys" and the success of his recent solo album, Full Moon Fever which has sold over five million copies worldwide.

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.

The company previewed the instrument at the 1988 Summer NAMM show in Atlanta.

The model will be formally introduced at the 1991 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim. The Company will  manufacture only 1000 of these instruments. A poster commemorating the Tom Petty Limited Edition  will be available through authorized Rickenbacker dealers. Each guitar will be accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity and Origin. Production deliveries and certificate numbers will follow order sequence.

There were 807 fire glo models, 6 lefthanded fire glo models,  186 black or Jet Glo models and 1 black left handed model.

Tom Petty's association with Rickenbacker goes back a long way. In 1965 Petty was sporting a hollow body double bound RIC Model 365 WB guitar in Fireglo. By the time of the "Damn the Torpedoes" album, his trademark guitar was a RIC 620/12. So it is only  fitting that some 26 years after his first RIC that Rickenbacker announces its new Tom Petty Limited Edition Guitar.

Designated Model 660/12TP, it is, of course, entirely hand made in America from a solid block of figured Eastern Hardrock Maple. It sports a fully inlaid 21 fret Rosewood fingerboard and   uses neck-through-body design. It also features checked binding, vintage style pickups knobs, gold pickguard and nameplate. It has vintage keys designed to Rickenbacker specifications.  The trapeze tailpiece and 12 saddle bridge complete this unique and beautiful instrument.

The neck on the 660/12TP was designed to Petty's own demanding standards, slightly wider than other Rickenbackers. The guitar is available in either Fireglo or Jetglo finish; a vintage-style  Rickenbacker case is included with each instrument.

Only 1000 of this Tom Petty Limited Edition guitars will be produced. Each guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity and origin.


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