Rickenbacker Maitenance

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassdie, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. bassdie


    Jul 14, 2009
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    +1 for Carnuba wax ... I don't know about the rest of the stuff.
  3. Some people here don't like the atmosphere over at the RRF. And that's cool.

    But you can't deny they have some really good info on Rics.

    Here's their suggested care of finishes.
  4. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    John Hall himself has stated many times that all they use is turtle wax products, specifically the red and green polish, and the regular (classic) turlte wax.

    The man may be cheap as hell, but he sure knows his finishes and what works best for them.
  5. I've been using the Dunlop products for several years now on my Ric....Hasn't hurt it yet...makes it look great!

    Go for it...
  6. If you do go to the Rickenbacker forum, John Hall said that they use Turtlewax on their guitars & basses.

    So thats what I use for my Ric 4003.
  7. I use good old turlte wax original and it works great, but they also make a liquid polish called ICE that is a little easier to work with and very high gloss. Doesn't create quite the same shell type of protection, but it does look great.
  8. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    You know, I've never gone beyond using the yellow cloth that comes with every Ric, and mine are still like new. The trick is wiping them down between every session, sometimes, I'll take a break during a session for a quick wipe of the strings and neck. So far, so good.
  9. +1, but a caveat they are treated I believe, so I keep mine sealed in a sandwich bag when not in use. Also, you can get silicone impregnated gun cloths most anywhere that will also work. I use a clean sock to wipe down my strings and basses when I am in a hurry and dont want to get the little cloth out. It works for removing sweat and stuff, but Id use the cloth at least once when you are done playing.