I love the sound of my RIC 330, but I play pretty crap on it. keep it?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by vanguard, Feb 4, 2012.

should i keep my RIC?

  1. nah, sell it and get something you're more comfortable on

  2. yes. it's ultra-unique and has an amazing voice. struggle is a good thing

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  1. vanguard

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    so i've got a gorgeous mapleglo 330 with toasters. it sounds out of this world. my favorite tones were all made on RICs (mid beatles, early who, REM, the jam, etc.). the one i've got is just killer, and a really special guitar.

    however, the neck is really hard for me to play cleanly. i struggle like hell on it, and when i pick up a tele ("my" guitar) it feels like coming home; like a big relief.

    i'm considering moving it and getting another tele. but it's a great guitar, and i'm trying to make a studio where that sound would really come in handy from time to time. arrrgh. suggestions?

    EDIT: have a chance to trade the 330 w/ its toasters and a used Victoria VIC 105 amp head for a new Fender Custom Shop 1967 telecaster in firemist gold. go for it?
     
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  2. Jahn

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  3. mrmatt1972

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    Keep it. It's unique and you'll miss it when it's gone. It doesn't have to be your #1 to be useful.
     
  4. Chicago Slim

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    I have the same problem with Gretsch guitars. I can't play on thin necks. So, I put Filtertron type pickups in PRSi. I have a PRS SE Custom 24, with GFS Memphis (RIC type) pickups. It sounds great, and I can play well on it's neck.
     
  5. axe4me

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    If you love it, keep it.
     
  6. Digitalman

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    I went through 4 Rics before finally deciding they just weren't for me. And I really, really wanted to be a Ric guy because my heros played them too. Beatles, REM, Smiths. I had a 330, 360, 360V64 and 325V63. They sounded awesome, but just always felt too awkward.

    My main guitar now is a Tele, but I sold my last Ric, the 360, and ended up replacing it with an Epiphone Elitist Casino. It's a super versatile guitar, it definitely fills that Beatles niche, and is bright and twangy enough to play REM type songs and get close.

    I totally understand your plight. I couldn't settle on a guitar that wasn't comfortable. I went through the same thing with Gretsches too BTW.
     
  7. axe4me

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    I understand the dislike of Rickenbacker guitars mainly for the narrow fretboard issue.
    I have small hands but I love baseball necks.....but Rick narrow fretboards don't bother me.
    If you want a Rickenbacker with a chunkier neck (well, chunky for a Rick), check out their 660 models.

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  8. foppy

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    How pretty is the crap?
     
  9. vanguard

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    :rimshot
     
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    I sold the 2 330's I had and found other guitars that had voicings close to theirs so off they went
     
  11. gillman royce

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    Get a Danelectro 12 string - easy to play, sound great, not much dough
     
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    My Rics fight me constantly. Can't sell 'em though. Love the sound too much.
     
  13. axe4me

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    Visiting from HC FX forum?
     
  14. vanguard

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    bump with this new info:

    have a chance to trade the 330 w/ its toasters and a used Victoria VIC 105 amp head for a new Fender Custom Shop 1967 telecaster in firemist gold. go for it?
     
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    I used to own a Rickenbacker 330 left-handed. Believe it or nor I had to wait 5 years for that guitar. It was beautiful but I was never able to play well on it. That's when I finally learned to stick with Fender guitars. Get something else.
     
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    Thanks for that, I will try this. I bought a 12-string Rickenbacker 6 months ago and I've barely played it because -- well, it's barely playable. Seriously, would it kill them to listen to customer feedback and make one with a wider nut?

    I do have 3/4-scale Greco copy of the John Lennon 325 model that plays surprisingly well. It has regular string spacing and medium neck thickness. I bought it on a lark (threw in a lowball bid on Yahoo Auction Japan) and it's one of my favorite guitars now.
     
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  17. vanguard

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    I think most of us play pretty crap on them.

    They're like that, I think. :^
     
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    I'd love to get a Rickenbacker at some point but i'm not sure if I can play it because I have large hands.
     
  20. Mark 63

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    A Ric 330 is the only guitar I regret selling. Even though the neck was too small for me.
    I had it for less than a year in the 80s, but for years I had dreams that I had only mislaid it.
     

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