In late 1964, during one of the Hammersmith Odeon Christmas shows, John Lennon accidentally dropped his custom made black 1964 Rickenbacker 325 resulting in a serious crack in the headstock area.
While Lennon’s legendary guitar was being repaired, Rickenbacker's British distributor Rose-Morris sensed a great opportunity and quickly gave him their Model “1996”.
Rose-Morris carried five Rickenbacker models in their inventory, all of which they had custom ordered with a red (fireglo) color and an f-hole. RoMo used their own model numbering system for their inventory catalogue rather than the factory model designations.
The Model “1996” was the export version of Rickenbacker’s 325 containing the same specifications as Lennon’s custom black solid top 325 except, of course, for the color and sound hole. Interestingly, the f-sound holes were placed somewhat arbitrarily in either a “1 o’clock” or a “2 o'clock” position on the body. It just so happened that Lennon’s “1996” had the “2 o’clock” f-hole orientation.
Seizing the opportunity, Rose-Morris then began listing the Model “1996” as the Beatle-backer in their advertisements.
After appearing with the “1996” on stage during the 1964 Christmas shows, the next time the RoMo guitar is seen is in a photograph taken at Lennon’s home studio in 1967. Rumor has it that Lennon gifted his “1996” to Ringo Starr as a memento of the Beatles era.
The 1964 Rickenbacker 325 Rose-Morris “1996” with 2 o’clock F-hole in our collection is identical to John Lennon’s “1996” in every detail64_325.htmlshapeimage_2_link_0

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1964 Rickenbacker 325 Rose-Morris Model “1996”

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John Lennon with his 1964 Rickenbacker 325 Rose-Morris Model “1996” photographed backstage at one of the Hammersmith Odeon Christmas shows.

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