Incredibly rare, historic Rickenbacker up on Reverb

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  1. jerrycampbell

    jerrycampbell Silver Supporting Member

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    Very cool, Bill!
    What's it like to play?
    Is it heavy? Thick or skinny neck?
     
  2. DYNA BILL

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    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.
     
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  4. skydog

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    Your grandma had a ride share named for her?
     
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    Ha Ha Ha! My Mom. My stepdad was the original Uber! :D
    Except he pronounced it you-ber.
     
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    What Gibson did he trade in?
     
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  7. beatcomber

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    Extraordinary! Not only only is it a very rare instrument, your dad is the original owner. That makes it a family heirloom!
     
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  8. beatcomber

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    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).
     
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    2 awesome guitars in this thread!! Dyna—that’s definitely a family heirloom, never sell.
     
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  10. DYNA BILL

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    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?

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  11. WordMan

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    Oh yeah - that's a J-45.
     
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  12. beatcomber

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    What kind of music did your dad play? C&W?
     
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    Mostly, yes. Hank Snow, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Eddie Arnold and such.
     
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    Here he is with his Jimmy Reed Thin Twin.

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    @beatcomber, I think I hijacked your thread. Thanks for being a good sport about it. :beer
     
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  17. kinmike

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    Didn't pan out... Rickenbacker pun?
     
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  18. DYNA BILL

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    Ha Ha! Not intentionally. :bonk
     
  19. beatcomber

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    No way, man! Your dad is the COOLEST!
     
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  20. DrumBob

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    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.
     

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