#1
Anyone know of any cheaper designs of the rickenbacker (330s the name i think)
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#2
Depends on whether you want to go second hand.

The 330 is cheap but they also released the 650 (for instance 650F and 650D).

These are very nice guitars and the most expensive ones had their list price around the 1200 dollar mark, so if you find it second hand, or as a guitar that has been in a shop for ages, you'll probably get quite a good deal.
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#3
I found a used 360 6 string for £800, if you played clean stuff, it was perfection.
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