Anybody here play a Rickenbacker?

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  1. Sonic Reducer

    Sonic Reducer Member

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    How do you like it? I've been looking at the 330 or 360 six strings. Any thoughts or suggestions? The new price i've found is $985. It doesn't seem much higher than the used ones I've seen.
     
  2. VaughnC

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    I'd feel like I lost an appendage if someone stole my Ric 370/12.
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  3. Sonic Reducer

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    are these good rhythm guitars? I think that's what people mostly use them for.
     
  4. Motorhed

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    here's my 330 six stringer. :dude

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    I have always loved this guitar.

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    My brother had one when I was a kid and I've wanted one ever since. It's still one of my 'one day' guitars.
     
  6. Sonic Reducer

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    Are these bright or dark guitars?
     
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    The sun burst looks to be bright around the middle and dark around the edges . . . i think the Fireglo black is dark . . . really dark ;)

    But seriously, In my experience they tend to have a heavy attack and are bright . . . but, they can be very versatile . . . very versatile in the right hands . . . I played with a fellow who had one with a Boogie MKll . . and you would not believe that amazing sounds he could get . . and sustainOrama!! which is surprising for a hollow body . .

    one of my someday guitars too . . . but they all are for me . .
     
  8. John Phillips

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    Bright AND dark. :)

    They're jangly-bright, but it's all in the high upper mids; the real top-end is quite muted and compressed.

    I used a Ruby red 360 (6 string) quite a lot with my previous band, although I haven't really played it much for a while. I played all sorts of "non-Rickenbacker" stuff on it too - high-gain leads as well as jangly rhythm, through a Mesa DC-5 - although I used it with Fenders too earlier still. I actually found it suited the darker Mesa sound really well, especially with a lot of distortion on - it seemed to remain clear and retain note separation even though it was huge and heavy too (and fed back spectacularly, sometimes with more predictable results than at others ;)). It's a myth that you can't bend notes on them - but the necks do seem very variable, and I've only come across a small proportion that I can really get on with... the rest either too small (even for someone with little hands like mine) or oddly too big.

    A pic of the past...

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    (yes, my hair really was green on top, it's not just the stage lights! I've stopped doing that now too for some reason... :))
     
  9. trinitysun

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    I really loved my 330 fireglo and hope to get another ric someday. To me it just wasnt a very versatile guitar. they have a very specific, though very sweet, sound. so for someone who has one or two guitars, the ric isnt a good option. When I get to 3 or 4 though, another Ric would definitely be on the list.
     
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    I have a Ric 620 that I picked up used very cheaply (about US$570).

    That skinny neck makes me stumble if I heven't played it for a bit, and the finish has suffered badly from being exposed to heat, humidity and lots of wok frying! No, that's not a mis-type. It must have been on a stand in a room above someone's kitchen for years as when I got it it was covered in lots of cooking oil residue. It took lots of lighter fluid to get it even 90% cleaned up, and the finish over the neck binding crumbled off like candy when I scratched it with my thumbnail!

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  11. Sonic Reducer

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    Are there any amps in particular that these sound good with? I'm looking for a good rhythm guitar. Something that you can play chords with and when you play a G, you know it's a G. All this into a slightly overdriven amp. Kind of like the Edge from U2
     
  12. John Phillips

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    Mesa Blue Angel.

    Kind of like an AC30 and a Tweed Deluxe rolled into one (Edge uses both), but clearer than a Deluxe and thicker than an AC30, with really nice reverb.

    I had thought about selling my Rick - since I hadn't used it for a while - until I got the Blue Angel, and now both of them are keepers.


    Grap - beautiful guitar (even in that condition!) :)... I've always wanted one of those too, but never found 'the right one' - they're very rare in the UK.
     
  13. britishampsrock

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    the plan is to get a 620 right after i save up for all the f-ing money for a killer les paul.
     
  14. Sonic Reducer

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    What about a Rick and a tweed deluxe?
     
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    I've got a 620 running into a hayseed. It's the perfect match. The only thing now, is whether to put in toasters or not.

    I actually like the smaller neck. I think it's perfect for rhythm work since it allows me to reach across the fret board better. Not so good for lead work, but who uses a ric for lead anyway?
     
  16. John Phillips

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    Me... :)

    'Picture Of You' - the song I was playing in that pic above.

    All the electric parts are the 360, I think through a Deluxe Reverb.

    (warning, fairly large download, it's about a 5 min. song)


    Or try this one if you want the Dark Side... ;)

    'Zombie' (Cranberries cover) - recorded live, apologies for the lo-fi off-the-video-camera recording!

    That's the 360 through my Mesa DC-5, up really loud, and yes that is some tapping in the playout solo ;). Nice ragged feedback ending too :D.
     
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    I have a 330/6 and a 330/12, both have been great guitars and sound incredible through an AC-30 or, more specifically, my Valvetech Hayseed.

    I don't play a lot of full-out leads on the 6 (none at all on the 12) -- it's not a great guitar for blues, IMHO, but it's perfect for early REM, JAM, stuff like that.
     
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    I better start working on my playing skills. Maybe I'm the only one that has trouble navigating the fretboard trying to do lead work. :)

    Hey John. I really like that country tone (I'm not even a country player). It has the ric fullness that I always felt teles lacked.
     
  19. Sonic Reducer

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    I played a couple of 330's today. I see what people mean about the skinny neck. Skinny as in the width across the fretboard. They sound great though for rhythm stuff.
     
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    What guy with green hair?There's a guy with green hair in that photograph?
     

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