Building a rickenbacker style guitar

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Also, what kind of toaster pickups are they? Are they rickenbacker’s?
Seymour Duncan Custom Shop P90s in the Toaster Covers. Awesome pickups!
Pete Biltoft Custom Pickups in the Black Walnut one. I have tried 4 pickup sets in that guitar, and while it plays beautifully, it just doesn't sound good no matter what I do with it.
 

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I’m surprised they knew you sold it straight away. I know it isn’t the same at all, but the 660 and the 1993 models have wider necks. The 1993 has the widest neck of the branch I think. If I can remember correctly, it was Pete Townshend who requested the larger neck profile.
I think the 380L has the widest Ric neck available. 1 3/4" at the nut.
 

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Seymour Duncan Custom Shop P90s in the Toaster Covers. Awesome pickups!
Pete Biltoft Custom Pickups in the Black Walnut one. I have tried 4 pickup sets in that guitar, and while it plays beautifully, it just doesn't sound good no matter what I do with it.
Is it a wiring or shielding issue do you think? Also, did you disassemble the other 360 and sell the husk or something?
 
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Is it a wiring or shielding issue do you think? Also, did you disassemble the other 360 and sell the husk or something?
Some guitars just don't sound no matter what you do with them. The maple one sounds amazing. Like a Les Paul, believe it or not. The walnut one just has no character whatsoever. It's a wall hanger.
Didn't have to disassemble anything on the one I bought. Just used it to get fine measurements from. I played it on a gig and just hated it.
 

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Here, I channeled out the truss rod channel. You can see I did a terrible job where the end of it is. It’s much too wide, but oh well. I also used a piece of metal bar with a flush trim router bit to shave the edges of the neck flat to get the correct width. I took a great chunk out of the workbench as well 😶. Nothing wood filler won’t kill.
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Some guitars just don't sound no matter what you do with them. The maple one sounds amazing. Like a Les Paul, believe it or not. The walnut one just has no character whatsoever. It's a wall hanger.
Didn't have to disassemble anything on the one I bought. Just used it to get fine measurements from. I played it on a gig and just hated it.
Hmm. Walnut is known for not being the best tonewood. It sounds a fit flat and lifeless, which is why you don’t see too many walnut acoustic guitars around. Just my opinion.
 

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Hmm. Walnut is known for not being the best tonewood. It sounds a fit flat and lifeless, which is why you don’t see too many walnut acoustic guitars around. Just my opinion.
The black walnut I used was 100 years old and well seasoned. It just didn't work.
I agree. Walnut does not make a great sounding guitar. I learned the hard way. 8 months worth of hard way. LOL
 

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You are not the only one:
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and you are correct...African mahogany (sapele) and rock maple.

Not the only ones, but members of a very small minority. Women typically have smaller hands so I understand that. Even the Bonnie Raitt Sig Strat has a slimmer neck.
Anyone notice the controls are all taped on the 360 above? By far the most confusing control layout in the industry. The 360 sure does look nice though.
 

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so the body here has been chambered quite badly and the back of the neck has been routed down to the correct thickness. I couldn’t do the concave taper at the heel so I just went with a more convex ish shape. It’ll do. The headstock has also been shaped and the machine head holes have been marked.
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I appear to be the only one here who likes the profile of a rickenbacker neck 😄

To be fair, I'm mostly complaining about the 12 string models. I'm not huge on their 6 string necks either, but I wouldn't go out of my way to complain about them. And note well that Feynmann's pictures show two people playing 6 string rics, not 12 strings! I think my hands are probably a bit smaller than average and I find the 12s unplayable. I can't even begin to imagine what the guys with bigger paws would be thinking when they try to play them.

Anyway, my Great Ric Neck Complain-a-thon is now over. I am looking forward to following the rest of Nathan's build.
 

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To be fair, I'm mostly complaining about the 12 string models. I'm not huge on their 6 string necks either, but I wouldn't go out of my way to complain about them. And note well that Feynmann's pictures show two people playing 6 string rics, not 12 strings! I think my hands are probably a bit smaller than average and I find the 12s unplayable. I can't even begin to imagine what the guys with bigger paws would be thinking when they try to play them.

Anyway, my Great Ric Neck Complain-a-thon is now over. I am looking forward to following the rest of Nathan's build.
I get you. I have quite big hands for my age. It Is annoying having big hands sometimes, especially when it comes to guitars, but the slim profile is up my street.
 




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