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Inspired by my old Rickenbacker

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by customxke, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. customxke

    customxke Tele-Meister

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    I used to own this '59 Rickenbacker 360F. While I loved it, it wasn't a great player, or a great sounding guitar for me.


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    I loved the way it looks, so I'm building something that better suits me....and I'm doing it on the cheap.

    Some Home Depot pine butcher board laminated to thickness....

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    The original used hogged out billet construction....that's why these guitars always split. The laminates should keep it stable. I left in a center block for stability, and to avoid neck dive....this body is LIGHT! I forgot to snap a pick of the cleaned up insides...here it is rough.



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    Next I glued on 3 ply birch ply.



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    I cut out some plexi...

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    Painted it gold on the back.....and laid out parts from my junk drawer...here's where I'm at now.

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  2. loxglo

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    A worthy guitar to use as inspiration. Judging by the last photo, you have a proper junk drawer. A nice Rickenbacker moment there--I once had the triple 8 version of the console steel underneath the body. I'm sure there must be some checkerboard binding sitting around too. May the spirit of Roger Rossmeisl inhabit your shop for this one.
     
  3. BopT

    BopT Tele-Afflicted

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    Terrific choice great job!
     
  4. jadedsoul

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    Looking nice.. It is the same way i built my Rick 330 copie. i used mahogany ply and mine sounds great now, after i poured some resin inside the sound hole and ran it all the way through to dampen it down a bit. It was a little Banjo like till i deadened it down. ill keep watching.
     
  5. loopy reed

    loopy reed Friend of Leo's

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    Oh yes, this is good. Huge Rick fan here. I'll be following this thread.
     
  6. Barncaster

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    Hey Custom,

    What were the things you didn't like about the 59? It's looks are stunning!

    Rob
     
  7. customxke

    customxke Tele-Meister

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    It weighed a ton, narrow neck, weak pickups, prone to splitting at the end grain. I didn't really like the way it sounded.
     
  8. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

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    Sad,

    Kind of like the dream prom date that turned out to be a dud. :(

    Rob
     
  9. Captain Nutslot

    Captain Nutslot Friend of Leo's

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    looks goood, load her up and rip us a tune! are you building a neck for it? particle board? KIDDING!
     
  10. OneCarGarage

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    The Ric style, pine body… I love everything about this idea! Looking forward to seeing how it comes out. Nice work so far!
     
  11. metalmayhem

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    I'm liking this build. Gook luck with it.
     
  12. Crafty Fox

    Crafty Fox Tele-Afflicted

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    I love it. Wouldn't mind tackling a Ricky build soon.
     
  13. customxke

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    Scrape scrape scrape

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  14. customxke

    customxke Tele-Meister

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    Ok....I'm lame. I bought a neck for $35. That's cheaper than what the wood and frets would cost me, not to mention cutting the build time on this down to under 8 hours, not including finish or dry time. Here it is dry fitted.

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  15. loopy reed

    loopy reed Friend of Leo's

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    Tell us about the neck...just a regular old paddle-headstock thing, or what?
     
  16. customxke

    customxke Tele-Meister

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    Maple set neck. Rosewood board. 24.75" scale (my preference) paddle head. Craigslist score. Neck is clamped up now. I'll drill for tuners on Sunday. I might do wire it up for a second before I spray it. If so, I'll post a clip Sunday night.
     
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