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I've never seen this before - Rickenbacker with a "comb"

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by RollTide, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. RollTide

    RollTide Tele-Meister

    Dec 25, 2012
    Even though I don't know much about Ric's, I think I'd love to own one of these beauties.

  2. TeleTim911

    TeleTim911 Friend of Leo's

    Sep 28, 2009
    Calera, Alabama
    That's pretty cool, I never knew that comb thing even existed, very intersting. That sounded pretty sweet too.
  3. elsewhere

    elsewhere Tele-Holic

    Mar 6, 2009
    Helsinki, Finland
    That's quite an ingenious thing there. Really ugly though :)
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  5. O- Fender

    O- Fender Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 25, 2003
    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.
  6. tom2caster

    tom2caster Former Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    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.

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  7. taxer

    taxer Banned

    May 11, 2009
    new york
    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.

  8. DrumBob

    DrumBob -------------------------

    Jul 23, 2009
    Highland Lakes, NJ
    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.
  9. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    Paul Kantner had one with the early Jefferson Airplane. The comb disappeared pretty quickly. He still uses that guitar.
  10. Don Miller

    Don Miller Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 16, 2003
    Anchorage, Alaska
    and the light show was apparently heavy..and got hot
  11. thumbpick

    thumbpick Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 22, 2012
    i have never seen one!.....dam i thought maybe it was a b bender
  12. umasstele

    umasstele Tele-Afflicted

    So weird, but cool...I really wonder how it feels to play when the "comb" is engaged!
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