Any particular love for Rickenbackers?

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  1. DeMelo

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    Pretty nice, Freddairy
     
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    I have a 620/6 identical to yours OP.

    Love it, really rocks on stuff like Tom Petty (Free Falling, American Girl etc) and Travelling Wilburys (Handle with care, End of the line etc).
     
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    When other people play them, sure.
     
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    I've never gotten to play one, but I always loved one in the hands of Peter Buck (of R.E.M.).

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    Never played one and actually never been inclined to play/own a Rick :)

    But it did have a great influence in music I suppose, just not "my thing" I guess :)
     
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    I love them in indie/psychedelic projects like Tame Impala
     
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    As a pro guitar player back in the days I had to have one for a few tracks or the classic jangle thing.
    As much as I am in love with mine, I have to agree with some complaints. My 12 is a real pain to play. Guys at the headquarters took 50 years to listen to players complaining about the skinny necks. They wouldn’t sell me a tailpiece when mine exploded TWO times because of crappy pot-metal - had to crawl through comprehensive dealers and mailing lists to get one; they sued a new, fresh boutique pickup company when I bought a couple replacement toasters etc etc etc. They are stuck in ultra-conservative opinions and business, and to me it doesn’t benefit them at all. My 2$
    That being said...I am in love forever.

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    [​IMG] Fred Sonic
     
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    Mine busted, it's been almost a decade, and I can't be bothered to do anything about it.
     
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    Should you ever decide to repair it, do not get the R tailpiece combo (2 pieces, too much tension, crap metal). Take a one-piece stopbar..
     
  11. DeMelo

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    6 or 12?
     
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    I never liked 12 string electrics
     
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    They have a great sound. I'd love to have one, but I can't justify adding one at this time, or in the mid term foreseeable future.
     
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    No, I never cared for them...
    JMHO...
     
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    12

    i.e. "too many"
     
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    At least on mine it's the cheap part that broke. Last time I checked the hook end was $25 from Ric, as opposed to $150+ for the "R" part.

    'course as soon as I fix the hook and string it up, the other half will break...
     
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    On most Rics that plate under the bridge needs to be moved about 3/16" further away from the nut to get the guitar to intonate correctly with a usable range on the bridge saddles.
     
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    This is exactly what happened to mine !!!
     
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    At least it's the tailpieces that break in Ricks, and mostly in 12 stringers... Look at the bright side: they could be Gibsons. Those love to break at the headstock

    #justkidding
     
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    My friend Dan Peek liked Rickenbacker's and recorded with them including a 12-String. Here is Dan working out on a Rickenbacker slide with a tasty solo;