The Rickenbacker thread

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The Rickenbacker thread

Post by i love sharin foo » Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:27 pm

I figured we could use a Rickenbacker thread.

I've had five by now..
-2006 360/6 in Mapleglo that I bought new ..gone
-2011 360/6 in Jetglo that I bought new ..gone
-1991 330/12 in red ..gone
-1992 4003 in Jetglo ..gone

..and now, a 2009 330/6 in Mapleglo. I wish I would have kept the 330/12. It was a really nice guitar. I just wasn't using it much and sold it to fund something else. I want to make some changes to this 330 I have now. I think it is time to finally give a set of toasters a try. I plan on having Creamery make me a set of the Mid '63s with a lower output neck. I think I will go with 500k pots. I might go with the older style knobs then, too. I definitely want to back date to the old school strap buttons and tailpiece. I'm throwing around the idea of swapping to a set of Klusons (or the Gotoh equivalent). I just like the way they look so much more. I prefer a tuner with a slower gear ratio as well. I've never really had an issue with the stock bridges, but I've still be reading a bit about the Mastery for them.

I sold the 4003 to get my CAR Jaguar. It was a reluctant sale, but I had to come up with some extra money fast and it was one of my most easily replaceable pieces. I'll definitely get another. The 2011 360 was GREAT. Really, really nice. I liked the full width inlays and smaller headstock. I can't remember why I sold that one. I want to get another in a year or so. Probably Jetglo, but this time a 12 since I plan on keeping the 330.

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Re: The Rickenbacker thread

Post by Larry Mal » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:04 pm

I traded my 330 for a Gibson L-00, and while that was a good trade, I'll get another one day I imagine. It was a pleasure to play.

I don't think I am a fan of the Hi-Gain pickups, though. I never could quite dial in a sound that I loved with it.
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Re: The Rickenbacker thread

Post by shoule79 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:05 pm

I've owned two, both Fireglow, a 360 and 620. Both were from the late 90's. Through my twins and Marshalls they were both glorious. I hated setting them up with a passion.

I really miss the 360, that is one of my favorite guitars of all time. I went through one of those periods where I wasn't jiving with the neck so I sold it (and bought a jag, which I later sold, lol).

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Post by zhivago » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:26 am

I've only owned one Ric, a 660...it was a great guitar, but I just couldn't get on with the frets. The toasters sounded fantastic, I must say. It's that sound you hear on all the old records! :-*

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I will probably pursue another one in the future. Maybe a 360 this time, but I'd like a double-bound one...that would be cool.

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Post by Trout » Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:50 am

I know nothing bout Rics, never even played one. Why are there so few pics of really worn vintage ones out there? Or am I wrong?
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Re: The Rickenbacker thread

Post by Grey » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:22 am

Hey, i'll play. This is my 1980 480.

This was after I swapped the 'R' tailpiece for a Trapeze. I've gone back and forth on this a couple of times because I like both, but the Trapeze is ultimately more practical. This guitar was a bit banged up but still had the original bridge cover when I bought it.

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These are some older pictures from when I still had the original tailpiece on it. I still have it, it's just in the case. The hardware swaps over without any extra holes.

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Post by eggwheat » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:36 am

My current 1990 Midnight blue 360/12 on the left..the one with black hardware was sold. The one on the left is a mix of black and white hardware!

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Post by jakeisjake » Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:30 am

I've had two.

A 2008 330-6 in Midnite Blue with toasters and non-R tailpiece. It was a sweet guitar...but, same old story...sold it to buy something else.

and a 2006 620-12 in Amber Fireglo that was the most beautiful guitar I've every had/layed. Just absolutely gorgeous. I think I sold it because I was afraid of dinging it up...that one had hi gains in it.

Curious thing, I've always heard that Hi Gains were better with 6 strings and that Toasters sounded great with the 12 strings...so I swapped them...

But I liked the Hi Gains with the 12 and the Toasters with the 6...so I swapped them back.

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Re: The Rickenbacker thread

Post by Bert Camenbert » Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:10 am

I have a mid-nineties fireglo 360/6. I traded a 62 Ri olympic white Jazzmaster for it, and I have no regrets. It has "hi gains" in it (which aren't really high gain). They sound fine, if they were on any other guitar, I would probably be quite happy with them. But, being an anal retentive, tone chasing, can't well leave things alone dumbass ( a.ka. a guitar player), I keep asking myself if I should instal a pair of toasters. ::)

I've also had a fireglo 330/6, which I traded for a maplego 330/12, which I then sold to finance a reeves custom 50. I miss my old 12 string. It was a pain to play, but it sounded glorious!

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Post by i love sharin foo » Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:25 am

I knew there was some Rickenbacker :-* here!!
Bert Camenbert wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:10 am
But, being an anal retentive, tone chasing, can't well leave things alone dumbass ( a.ka. a guitar player), I keep asking myself if I should instal a pair of toasters. ::)

I know this very well :fp:

I am fortunately at the point where I have owned pretty much every guitar I ever really wanted. The unfortunate part is that many were sold along the way to fund others. BUT, by now, when I buy something the second (or third) time, I know thanks to the gift of hindsight, to keep it! I really do wish I'd kept my red 330/12.

Here's my first 360 (2006):
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The second one (2011):
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The '91 330:
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And the '92 4003:
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Post by jakeisjake » Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:26 am

stupid thread has me thinking about selling my Jag to buy a 360-12! :fp:
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Post by Bert Camenbert » Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:29 am

Damn, your jetglo 360 makes my mouth water! I love the colour and the full size shark fins. My 360 has the smaller fins, which bothers me a little. :derp:

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Re: The Rickenbacker thread

Post by Bert Camenbert » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:03 am

jakeisjake wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:26 am
stupid thread has me thinking about selling my Jag to buy a 360-12! :fp:
You'd be replacing a guitar that can do a number of different sounds for a guitar that has one very specific sound.

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Post by TinyEv » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:07 am

Bert Camenbert wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:03 am
jakeisjake wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:26 am
stupid thread has me thinking about selling my Jag to buy a 360-12! :fp:
You'd be replacing a guitar that can do a number of different sounds for a guitar that has one very specific sound.
I believe that's what is commonly referred to as a "Riccup".
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Re: The Rickenbacker thread

Post by BoringPostcards » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:29 am

:-* Rickenbackers.
330 is one of my favourite body shapes of all time.
I don’t own one currently, but I plan on snagging one in the future.
They’re pretty rare where I live. Only Long & McQuade stocks them and only ever couple years or so. They usually go fast.
They had a walnut 330 and a nice Jetglo not long ago, but they got snagged before I could even pop by to check them out.
One thing I noticed is the pickups are very inconsistent.
I once sat down and tried two 360s and four 330s. Each one had a completely different sounding neck pickup.
All but one were muddy, no matter how much I tried to dial it out with the blend knob or tone knob.
The one that was perfect and tonally balanced was a Fireglo, otherwise I’d have bought it.
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