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I first heard of them mentioned in an old guitar magazine in an interview with Roger McGuinn. I've seen a picture of one, a friend had a book on Ric.
This is the first video I've seen of one. Thanks for posting.
I'm not sure if I'd ever get one myself, I think I see a lot of potential problems. Too much fiddling and adjusting for my taste. Then again, I'm not sure I'd get a guitar with a Floyd Rose for the same reason.
"Unless you are the lead dog, the scenery doesn't change much."
- Kinky Friedman
Here's my '68 456-12 convertible. The concept was to mute the drone strings to get a 6 string sound from your 12 string. The problem is the strings go out of tune (at least on mine) from the pull when you release them. I think they were available in the '67 to '69 era.
All guitar makers come up with some offbeat designs. Ric is no exception. They had "the comb" and this nutty thing called "The Lightshow." The guitar lit up in different colors according to what notes were played. Released during the psychedelic era.
The Ric with comb was a flop, because, as someone mentioned, the depressed strings went out of tune when released. But, I think the main reason it tanked was because it looked so ridiculous.
Guitar players, like drummers, tend to be a conservative lot. The comb was just too weird.
I did like the demo video though. A perfect example of Rick jangle, and I liked the way the notes bloomed on that guitar. Really nice. Love those toasters. I played a new Rick 360-12 the other day, and it sounded shrill and tinny with the Hi Gains.
Paul Kantner had one with the early Jefferson Airplane. The comb disappeared pretty quickly. He still uses that guitar.
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― Woody Guthrie
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