Discussion in '"Vintage" Instruments' started by beatcomber, Mar 11, 2019.
Very cool, Bill!
What's it like to play?
Is it heavy? Thick or skinny neck?
Not heavy at all, not sure of exact weight. Skinny neck. Great sounds. It was my dad's and he only played it in church on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Your grandma had a ride share named for her?
Ha Ha Ha! My Mom. My stepdad was the original Uber!
Except he pronounced it you-ber.
What Gibson did he trade in?
Extraordinary! Not only only is it a very rare instrument, your dad is the original owner. That makes it a family heirloom!
He bought it in California, I see. That makes sense; I doubt that Rickenbacker had very extensive distribution beyond the west coast at that time (although I could be wrong about that).
2 awesome guitars in this thread!! Dyna—that’s definitely a family heirloom, never sell.
An acoustic. Not sure which model, but here is him and me in 1957. Had one of those sound hole pickups in it. Maybe somebody can identify it? A J45 maybe?
Oh yeah - that's a J-45.
What kind of music did your dad play? C&W?
Mostly, yes. Hank Snow, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Eddie Arnold and such.
Here he is with his Jimmy Reed Thin Twin.
@beatcomber, I think I hijacked your thread. Thanks for being a good sport about it.
Didn't pan out... Rickenbacker pun?
Ha Ha! Not intentionally.
No way, man! Your dad is the COOLEST!
Bill, $4800-6000, according to the VG 2019 Price Guide. In that condition, on the high side. You've got a winner. Those guitars were produced in small batches. Rickenbackers were never big sellers until The Beatles came along.