Guitars are from Earth, Rickenbackers are from Mars

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Torz Johnson, Oct 20, 2018.

  1. Torz Johnson

    Torz Johnson Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    At least it seems that way to me. I had only tried one Rickenbacker in my life, and only for a few minutes. They show up pretty rarely in any of the stores I lived near. But last summer when finances allowed, I had to get the 660 to fulfill a lifetime wish.

    At first I didn't know what to make of it. Everything about it was way different than Fenders or Gibsons, or any other guitar I'd ever had. I was very pleased with the fit and finish, and I think I was a little timid settling in to it due to its jewel-like quality and perfection. Often brand new guitars in stores don't seem "right" to me until they've had a few miles put on them.

    Well I made myself dig in to it and really play the heck out of it. There was a learning curve in figuring out how to EQ my amp for it, because the toaster pickups are vintage low output and really have a way different sound than anything else.

    It took a while but now it fits me like a glove. I was just playing Number 9 Dream through the good old Princeton Reverb and WOW - the combination of that dreamy chord progression, this guitar and this amp is a match made in heaven.

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    How about bending notes? I can't bend a note on my 360 to save my soul.

    Hence it hangs on the wall unplayed for about 30 years now.....wait longer than that
     
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    Certainly not as easy, but I can do it, at least on this one. The 660 has a fatter and wider neck than most other Ricks - maybe that makes a difference. There are Youtube videos of Unknown Hinson playing amazing lead lines on his 620 though.
     
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    Maybe the 660 bends better - I've loved my 67 Rick for well over 35 years, and would never get rid of it, but not for playing lead at all.

    And since I'm strictly a mancave player I noodle solos (halfassed) all the time.
     
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    Try it with a good compressor.

    -'97 360-12 owner
     
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    No problems bending my 330, it has .010’s on it.....
     
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    :D:lol:

    That's exactly how I feel about Rickenbackers. And Danelectros. Too far out for me... :oops:
     
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    Looks great!
     
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    I absolutely love mine!

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    I love how Ricks are all maple no other "tonewood" exist
     
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    with flat wound its not that hard , but hitting the intervals takes some talent!, for that i use my fretless
     
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    Bending depends on you... I am used to 13s and 12s... I had a Rick 381 at home a couple o weeks and could bend it perfectly with 11s.

    Another friend of mine has stripped of all the lacquer at the fretboard and swears by that...

    The guitar was from a friend of mine, a 381 fireglo one. If it were a 381 jetglo I wouldn't have returned to him :eek:
     
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    I have has a Rick 12 string for 30 y are, but mostly for studio action. I bought a 620 last year on my birthday and have used it on a bunch of gigs including some weddings where I have played a really wide variety of styles on it. Yes, I had to adjust to the controls compared to my tele, but it was cool to play some of these songs I have done a million times with a different kind of guitar. I can definitely bend notes on it!
     
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    Welcome to our weirdness. That is one sexy 660...

    Fellow Ric owner here:
    1989 360-6 MapleGlo/black hardware
    2008 330-12 FireGlo/chrome hardware
     
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    Even just on the wall it's a great thing .I'd rather have a Ric on my wall than most art.
     
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    I have been acquainted with various ricks and have liked some of them. However, the only one that has made me want to have one to keep was a 381V in a natural finish. There is something about the body of the 381 that yields a slightly different sonic that I like.
     
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    They're their own thing, for sure. But once you embrace that they can be a lot of fun. I love my 330.

    Bending notes isn't the same as it is on my Tele or Jazzmaster, to be sure, but that's also part of the Rick's unique feel. I would love to find a lefty 620 or 660, but I'm not holding my breath. I used to have a 360, and I will probably get another one some day.
     
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    I use 7's on all my strats and Valley Arts - maybe I should try that!
    Yes, they are awesome and a half and I would never go back up.

    There is nothing like the sound of a Rickenbacker methinks and it is beautiful.
     
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    While I've never owned one,I have played a few and have always wanted one. Rics are in a class by themselves,nothing else sounds like a Ric,I've said that for years. BTW,real nice 660 you have there.
     
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