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NBD: Rickenfaker Content!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Yakob, Jan 25, 2013.


  1. Yakob

    Yakob

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    Courtesy of JMac4strngr!

    Set neck, purpleburst finish. Sounds great! Probably closest I'll ever get to the real thing :(

    Not that I'm really complaining. Like I said, this thing sounds great, and plays great. Not to mention that it looks cool as hell.

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  2. I Can't Dance

    I Can't Dance

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    Nice find, Yakob!

    I have always loved the shape of Rics - and that is an awesome color!
     
  3. Yakob

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    My dream is to one day own a Ric in Mapleglo... As well as a blue one with a rip-cord, a la FLCL. :p
     
  4. hibachiduck

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  6. Yakob

    Yakob

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    Yeah. He hooked it up with some fresh strings and a set-up before sending it my way. I'm super stoked to have it. :hyper:
     
  7. hibachiduck

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    Sounds like him. He's a great guy.
     
  8. FatherG

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    The one on the left is a Dillion - the one on the right I'm in the middle of building.
     

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  9. Yakob

    Yakob

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    Nice! I was considering for a while making a Rickenbacker-style body, but bolt-on, with a Fender J-Bass neck, but I honestly don't have the money or technical skill.
     
  10. JMac- Wiskerface Designs

    JMac- Wiskerface Designs Terror headcase dude Supporting Member

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    This is one cool bass. It actually has some cool things about it that are different from a real Ric, that I really loved (upper binding that wouldn't cut a hole in Your forearm, and a wide but extremely "fast" feeling neck). Enjoy!
     
  11. FatherG

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    The walnut bass is actually a bolt on too. The neck and electronics are all from an Ibanez SRX200 ( I believe that was the model number ) bass with active pickups. I modified the headstock a bit and made the TRC out of a piece of spanish cedar off an old cigar box - trimming it to fit around the tuners.

    I picked up the bass cheap ($30) on Craigslist - it was supposedly dead, but was simply needed to be re-wired.
     

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  12. FatherG

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    BTW - who made yours?
     
  13. Yakob

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    Mine is of the newer line of Rockinbetters. Tokai imports them (to Europe), but beyond that, no clue.

    And this is a mockup of what my hypothetical bolt-on Rickenbacker would look like:
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    Just throw in some mini-buckers in place of the standard Rick PUPs. (along the lines of the lawsuit Ricks from the 70s).
     
  14. FatherG

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    Mine will actually cost me about $125 in parts (new strings, some drill bits, knobs, bone for the new lefty nut and other stuff). I was lucky enough to be given the piece of walnut that I paid a cabinet-maker $20 to plane down to the thickness I needed.

    If you have a bud with a shop, you should give building a try. I do have woodworking and guitar refinishing experience, but the WalnutBacker is the first body I've ever made from scratch.
     
  15. Yakob

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    I'm good at the wiring aspect of it. I could probably even cut out the body properly (I do have some experience). But as soon as you get to things that need real precision on a smaller scale (bridge, neck pocket, pickup routes), that's when I'd find someone to help out :p
     

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