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A guitar in need of a neck reset, if I've ever seen one....

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Marn99, Nov 22, 2020 at 5:45 AM.

  1. Marn99

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    This is the side view of a Rickenbacker 360/12, not just any 360/12, but George's 360/12. Man does that thing need a neck reset!
    Harrison1963RIC-12needingneckreset_zpscbd7d2ba.jpg
     
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    Yet the action looks ok. Hard to see clearly on the picture though.
     
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    that makes me want to cry...you can see its in pain...i can hear it whimpering too..."Wulf...HELLLPPP MEEEE..."
    Rics were always my "Guilty Indulgence",... i love em
    theyre just not resiliant things...delicate..."femmer" weak... i decapitated one during a gig years ago...swung round...WHACK...speaker cab....My Poor Riccy...off with her head
    currently looking for Rickenbacker seven
    Had six of them so far
    want that poor thing...reminds me of a bird with a broken wing
     
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    The factory neck angle of a Rickenbacker, no matter the era, is supposed to be 0, like a fender. so even if the action is acceptable now, it'll only get worse. I wonder what gauge strings are on it, I also wonder how long it's been since the hairpin rods were adjusted.
     
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    Sadly, a lot of vintage rickenbackers, especially pre 1966, have neck joint problems, and especially 12 strings. The neck joints back then were fairly sloppy, and it's not a well designed tenon. The neck can be reset by two methods that I know of, though neither are for the faint of heart. One involves removing the entire back, the other involves cutting into the body to get to the tenon from underneath the neck pickup. Suffice to say, if this guitar ever does get a neck reset, I don't envy the luthier who gets to operate on George Harrisons RIC 360/12
     
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    oh i know...thats why i said they were delicate things...my avatar...was going to hold a riccy...that was taken a couple of years back...even ex girlfriend reckoned the photons from the camera flash might make a riccy disintigrate into a pile of firewood...even she knew!!!
     
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    yup...very low action...stick straight neck...i always use 10 46 on a ric...unless its a 325...then 11 48...otherwise...boiiing
     
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    Doesn’t look too bad to me.

    This one is my 2015 model, the action and relief are good. Nice smooth playing.

    81563BF3-D6A1-4671-9632-6A87866278C7.jpeg

    Rickenbackers can be a handfull. And photos can lie.
     
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    Rickenbacker +Vox = Sonic Bliss
    and a bit like trying to tame a sabre tooth tiger
     
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    i also agree about photos "lying"...its perspective isnt it..rics do look odd from certain angles...thats just the way they are ...nice low action stick straight neck thats long and narrow...perfect for my hands and playing style..never had a riccy12 though ...theres still time
    had a 325 yrs ago and 1 360 rest have been 330s...unfortunately dont have one at the mo..sold 360 and 330 to keep a roof over my head...and it still makes me weep...i miss the 330 most..25 yrs old..looked like it was made last tuesday...
    that 12 of yours is giving me GAS...got Ric Withdraw Symptoms
    i like them when they sound like this
     
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    I once saw a side-shot of one of Harrison's other early guitars in a museum, and it looked like the neck could break free any minute. :eek:

    Best still shot I can find right now:
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    (from https://tilonlysilenceremains.com/the-beatles-guitars-georges-guitars/ )

    EDIT: Here's a video about the guitar, and you can see from an old shot of the guitar, how its neck angle changed:
     
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  12. Mike Eskimo

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    Every Rickenbacker needs a neck replacement.

    Unless you’re a tiny man, with tiny man hands...;)

    I only have one dream Rickenbacker and it’s a model 1993+ and I would string it up 6 string - not 12
     
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