Best year for Rickenbacker 360/12s?

neu18

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I've heard the 2009's (2010? - perhaps too early to tell) aren't built as well, is this true?

What's the best year for Rickenbacker 360/12s

What's the deal with the Trustrod?

I know nothing.

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neu18

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I thought I heard it on this forum, maybe it was another forum. I think someone said that they heard that...

what's the difference between the low and high output pickups. Which models have each?
 
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Pretty prideful company. I'd be surprised if there were 'lemons' out there that they wouldn't have dealt with.

I've heard nothing but good things about them.
 

mbargav

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what's the difference between the low and high output pickups. Which models have each?
Think REM vs. Byrds. I think all the new 360s come with the high-gain PUPs; that's what mine has. I think Ric used to offer swaps, but doesn't do it as a factory option anymore. My dad's 660/12 has a vintage toaster top, and it's a very different vibe. I prefer the modern PUPs; they just sound a lot more lively to my ear.
 

R13D

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I've had my '67 360 12 since it was new.Here's the kicker,I've never adjusted the truss rods,there hasn't been any need to.In fact,the guitar has never seen a screwdriver.As far as a best year(decade),I prefer the 360's from the 60's.
 

pfflam

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Rumor has it that the toasters are best with the 12-strings while the high-gain pups are good with 6-strings.

I also heard that the 21 fret 360s have better placement of the neck Pup - I know they sure look better than the 24 fret ones - I have a 360-6 in the mail - I can hardly wait!!
 

R13D

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Rumor has it that the toasters are best with the 12-strings while the high-gain pups are good with 6-strings.

I also heard that the 21 fret 360s have better placement of the neck Pup - I know they sure look better than the 24 fret ones - I have a 360-6 in the mail - I can hardly wait!!
I have to agree with that.Congrats on your new 360,I bet you love it!
 

Stratobuc

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"

I've heard the 2009's (2010? - perhaps too early to tell) aren't built as well, is this true?"

I don't believe it. They are built better than most American guitars (Gibson).
 

neu18

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thanks guys! I think I would prefer the low output on a 360/12. Beatles had low-output right?

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mbargav

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thanks guys! I think I would prefer the low output on a 360/12. Beatles had low-output right?

Thanks!
360/12 wasn't the only Ric the Beatles played, but when they did play a 360/12, it would have been one with a low output toaster PUP. I think McGuinn is a better reference point for what a toaster PUP sounds like though.
 
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are those reissue toaster pickups, because I hear they're not the same.
the reissue toasters are scatterwound to a certain spec. just like PAF clones, they may or may not match up exactly to whatever ideal people have of the 60s guitars. they sound good. play them.
 

audiodrome

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Rumor has it that the toasters are best with the 12-strings while the high-gain pups are good with 6-strings.
That's been my experience also. I have a 2000 360/12 with the newer reissue 7.4k scatter-wound toasters and a 1991 360V64/6 with the early reissue 11k toasters. Originally I had 11k toasters on the 12-string also but it sounded too muddy and lifeless. I bought the 7.4k toasters for the 12-string but I first tried them in the V64 to see what they sounded like. On the 6-string they sounded a little too thin and wimpy but on the 12-string they sounded bright and jangly with nice definition. The 11k toasters on my 6-string still have that nice jangly chime but they are also beefy and aggressive.

I personally think Rickenbacker is one of the few guitar companies that never really had a bad spell. From my experience the guitars made in the '70s and '80s are just as good as the ones made in the '50s and '60s.
 

Cado

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I have 7.4 scatter wound toasters in mine. Strung with Pyramid flat wounds & the tone is right on the money!
 

audiodrome

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Is it possible to get something of this ideal?

http://www.rickresource.com/rrp/toasters.html
That article was written before they started producing the "vintage-correct" 7.4k scatter-wound toasters. I think that for the most part any year 360/12 with the original or current vintage-correct pickups will sound great. A 360/12 with post 1968 "hi-gain" pickups or early "hi-gain" toaster reissues will tend to sound more muddy, less defined, and less jangly.
 




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