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Would you consider a Rickenbacker if....

still.ill

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Rickenbacker suddenly decided to come out with a model that was identical to the 330 in every way except...

-fretboard radius: changed to 12"
-Medium Jumbo Frets
- Neck profile changed to slim 60's taper
- 1 11/16 nut width


still has Hi-Gain pu's.


basically--- a modernized Rickenbacker, a Rickenbacker 335 if you will.

I would be all over this model if they offered it, I remember I loved the sound of the 330 I sold (even for metal!) that hi-gain bridge sc packs a wallop. I remember you could get the action ridiculously low on the 330 though, but hated how bends would fret out/not sustain at all, compared to my gibby 335.
 

nmiller

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The nut width and small frets of the existing 330 are fine with me. Jumbo frets would be a major turnoff. What really bugs me is the finished fretboard.
 

raja

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you can't mess with the original recipe of an already great guitar, I think that so many people want the feel/sound of so so other company, if that's the case you might consider a luthier made instrument where you can have the luthier fuse together whatever you want in the guitar,
my humble opinion,,,your mileage may vary
 

bkatx

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Yes. I like the look of Rics but can't stand playing them.

They don't have to change the old style, but another model with some of the features you mentioned would be welcomed by me.
 

still.ill

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you can't mess with the original recipe of an already great guitar, I think that so many people want the feel/sound of so so other company, if that's the case you might consider a luthier made instrument where you can have the luthier fuse together whatever you want in the guitar,
my humble opinion,,,your mileage may vary
Not mess with, just offer a different option. The sound stays the same
 

kiki_90291

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If you really like the idea of Rics, you should try playing them for a while and see how you like it. They definitely feel "different" when you first pick one up, but "different" is not necessarily "bad."

I was convinced Ric necks were too small for my hands and sold my first 620 - I missed the tones you could get from the 620, so I bought another one and instead of picking it up every now and then, I made it my main guitar for about 6 months. That really changed how I played it and how I felt about the fit. Now I switch off between the Ric and an SG pretty seamlessly. I actually prefer the Ric for a lot of songs, including ones I solo on. Don't ever let anyone tell you you can't solo on a Ric - it may not be for shredding (I have no idea since I can't shred :) ), but it actually plays quite nicely for solos and I think it is fine to bend on. Something about the set up makes it very easty to bend even with the frets everyone complains about.
 

raja

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kiki

said it best, it really needs to played more that way your finger memory is similar or better on your Rickenbacker compared to what your used to
 

kiki_90291

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I should also note that the sustain on my 620 is really, really good - but it's a neck-through solid-body and probably plays very differently from the 330 (I've never played a 330, but I've played a 360 and it definitely has less sustain than the 620).
 






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