Some of RickySounds Private Collection Guitars - Not Currently For Sale.

 

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375/6 MG

Year: 1963

Finish: Mapleglo

This guitar had suffered at the hands of a lunatic.He obviously had no knowledege how rare this guitar is. One of eight manufactured in this year and one of the three Mapleglo examples. We had to replace the missing pickups, we used a 1963 short magnet toaster in the neck position and two 7.4K contemporary toasters in the bridge and middle positions. The tuners are temporarily replaced by a set of Klusons (Same footprint) until a set of Van Ghents turn up as the guitar came with 5 correct and one incorrect tuner. The Accent is original and has the Accent by Paul plate attached. We have had all the butchery repaired, this was limited to the front and the pickguard which we have replaced with a Rickysounds gold guard to match the original gold TRC which we have also refurbished. The inlays are also very rare ,they are the white resin type which pre-date the later sparkle type.The fretboard side markers are red instead of the usual black

She is very resonant, the neck is slim and perfect, another sixties guitar which almost plays itself.

Marvellous ...Welcome to the fold.

Click here to see a blow by blow account of this restoration on our Custom Shop page.

 


 

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480/6

Year: 1973

Finish: Snowglo

Recently restored in our Custom Shop. Originally Jetglo this guitar was butchered by a previous owner, but now she is complete again, I think I'll call her "Gretschen"

Click here to see a blow by blow account of this restoration on our Custom Shop page.

 


 

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4001 FG

Year: 1972

Finish: FIreglo

Obtained recently from a collector in the USA

Totally original except for the incorrect 1970's high gain neck pickup which has now been replaced with a 7.4 K toaster. The pickguard shape has now been added to our range of replacement pickguards.

Compare this to the next picture down, see how close the pickguard goes to the edge of the guitar.

Cool..Just like my very first Rickenbacker bass mentioned below.

 

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4001 MG

Year: 1973

Finish: Mapleglo

Obtained new in 1973 from 'Dandelion' in Huddersfield Yorkshire.This was a replacement for my first 4001 purchased in 1972 which had full width inlays but which sadly shed its fretboard at the nut.

'Dixie' the shop owner had 2 more 4001's on the wall one Jetglo, one Mapleglo and offered me either, I chose this one, put it in my case and went back on tour. Six months later I stripped the guitar to clean it and under the lacquer in the control cavity is the name of a person who worked on it in the factory, the initials and surname are exacly the same as mine..........strange ......

This guitar was used by me on the album 'Axe Victim" by Be-Bop Deluxe.

 

 

 


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3000JG

Year: 1976

Finish: Jetglo

Never really been a fan of short scale basses until now, it's amazing how they make you look taller on stage. Because they are not that popular this one must have spent most of its life in the case as she is truly immaculate. Originally she came with a black pickguard and TRC and looked a bit drab. These original items along with the original pickup are back in the case but for now she has a replacement Rickysounds pickguard fitted with the seventies High gain from the 72 4001 above and a white vintage reissue TRC.

We have added this item to our pickguard inventory along with replacments which take the original, now unobtainable, pickup.

 

 

 


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4001 CS

Year: 1993

Finish: L.E Cream

Mint Condition example complete with certificate from the Chris Squire Limited Edition. Unlike some early examples in the series, this one has no finish issues whatsoever.

 

 

 


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4080

Year: 1975

Finish: Mapleglo

Found this guitar in Tampa Florida in 1992, perfect condition but with wobbly necks. On this early model there's not much wood for the screws holding the screw on necks to grip when the pickup cavities are cut. So using aircraft alloy the neck joints were strengthened to make both necks stay in tune, converting them to true bolt on necks.

 

 


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700/12 Comstock

Year: 2001

Finish: Fireglo

 

The Holy Grail of 12 string acoustics ....Enuff Said

 


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381/12V69

Year: 1999

Finish: Mapleglo

The Flagship guitar in Rickenbackers current range.

Never played apart from the occassional caress. Beautiful figured maple, one of the best ever seen. A testament to Rickenbacker's superb luthier skills.

 

 


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370/12 RM

Year: 1988

Finish:Mapleglo

Does exactly as it says on the tin.........the compressor is superb, but beware you soon suffer from Turn Turn Turn and Mr Tambourine Man Repetitive Play Injuries.

 

 


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350 Susannah Hoffs

Year: 1989

Finish: Jetglo

I dont know where he is now but there was a guy called Phil who had a guitar store not too far from me who did some great refin work. He also worked on Brian May's Red Special, One day he said he had a guitar I might be interested in, end of story.

 

 


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660/12FG Tom Petty

Year: 1991

Finish: Fireglo

Beatiful example of this desirable Limited Edition. Curly birds eye maple and tremendous Fireglo shading. In the last few years quite a few of these have passed through my hands, but this one seems to stick with me.

 

 


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360/6 FG Carl Wilson

Year: 2000

Finish: Fireglo

Check out the wood on this guitar, it was this that sold me on the guitar, until I pluged it in, superb.

 

 


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360/12V64

Year: 1995

Finish: Fireglo

Apparently the guy who bought this from new was a Beatles fan and all he ever did was look at it as he couldn't play a note. He had the whole 9 yards including the Ludwig drum kit, but had to part with some stuff to pay some bills, (only in America) .

In 1996 I walked into my friends store in America , a couple of hours after he bought it off the guy , I bought it ...............

2012 .......Upgraded with 12 saddle bridge and 7.4K scatterwound toasters.

 

 


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360/6V64

Year: 1997

Finish: Fireglo

Always wanted one of these to pair up with its 12 string sister and finally found a mint example ..nice.

 

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330/6 WHT

Year: 1997

Finish: White

Most White Rickenbackers turn cream or yellow with age and I have to say they don't appeal to me in that state.

This one is a keeper, still as white as when it left the factory, with chrome/white trim, not the usual black trim,

White has not been a standard colour for almost 10 years..

.................................................Very Roxette

 


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460/6 MG

Year: 1966

Finish: Mapleglo

I can't describe how this guitar just attaches to your body, set neck version, weighs nothing, and the action is to die for, intonation is perfect and the tone.........Monster.

Apparently only 24 were made in Mapleglo throughout the sixties and 12 were made in 1966.

 


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Electro E17 FG

Year: 1965

Finish: Fireglo

Electro was a brand manufactured by Rickenbacker and supplied to dealers not carrying the full Rickenbacker line. Sometimes a comparable Rickenbacker was completed as an Electro to fulfill an order.This is such an example, as under the scratchpalte it is designated as a 425.This particular example has zero wear and just like its sister 12 string 456 is a pleasure to play. This one also came complete with an Electro tube amp which is truly a wonderful tone. Electro's were often supplied in a guitar and amplifier package for 'Students' as there was also a short scale model, the Electro E16.

THERE WERE SOME LUCKY STUDENTS IN THE SIXTIES

 

 


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456 FG

Year: 1967

Finish: Fireglo

This guitar slept in its case for over a quarter of a century, collecting smells and goo you don't need to know about. Totally 100% original, and save for some minor marking gained in its 46 year life , is in beautiful condition, but wait, this guitar is a paradox.Tuned as a 12 string it plays like a dream even with the cast bridge , the action is so low the pickups barely rise above the surface of the pickguard, the intonation is superb, But here's the VOODOO , engage the comb and pull the six octave strings out of the playing area , increasing their pitch by a semi- tone at least and she stays in tune ......How does that work???? .Did someone sell their soul in the sixties, I dont know but these guitars are something else.

 


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4000

Year: 1976

Finish: FIreglo

Been under a bed for years, great player superb fireglo ,just love those dots and who needs more than one pickup.

 


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4005FG

Year: 1978

Finish: Fireglo??????

If Rickenbacker ever did an 'OrangeGlo' this is it. Totally original, its the same colour under the pickguard so no fading etc. This guitar is widely photographed on the net but with its original high gain pickups. Today it has a pair of contemporary 1972 toasters fitted, the original pickups are in the original case.

Just like the one in the 'Oasis 'Video, .........Mint Condition..

 

 


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4001

Year: 1974

Finish: Black

Bought 3 years ago as a Mapleglo. which actually turned out to be 'Grey Primer Glo". Good news was that all the important stuff was OK so decided to give this the 'best of everything from over the years' treatment

Starting with great resonant maple body and neck, the neck and body binding were removed and the body reshaped to the 4000 profile. The neck was reshaped,and the fretboard painted black to match the rest of the guitar.

New Zealand Mother Of Pearl Dot markers replaced the triangle inlays . The neck pickup was replaced with a 7.4K reissue scatterwound toaster, the bridge pickup is a Hybrid reissue Horseshoe, using all the Horseshoe components except for the bobbin. A standard 4003 high gain coil assembly is used but with the flat magnet and the pole pieces removed and rare earth neodym magnets used as new pole pieces

A Black RickysSounds replacement pickguard and Genuine Rickenbacker TRC complete the look . All other hardware is original 1974.

 

 


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610/6 VP

Year: 1993

Finish: Mapleglo

Discontinued model, the standard version of the 620 series .This has no body and neck binding and dot markers instead of triangle inlays. Mono output and retro fitted scatterwound 7.4K Toasters. Jangle all the way.........FItted with Gold pickguard and Truss Rod cover courtesy of a 660. Maybe I should add vintage tuners and a Trapeze tailpiece to complete the look.

 

 


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610/12

Year: 1987

Finish: Fireglo

Discontinued model, the standard version of the 620 series . This has no body and neck binding and dot markers instead of triangle inlays. Mono output. Unusual dark fireglo a cross betweem Firego and AutumnGlo..

 

 


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360/6 WT

Year: 1998

Finish: White

Still as white as the day she left the factory , so is kept out of sunlight to preserve her looks . She has the rare white binding and chrome fittings and has had the pickups upgraded to 7.4K reissue toasters .

 

 


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1960's Guitars

Year: Various

Finish: FIreglo

Here are some guitars branded Rickenbacker , Electro and Ryder, all made by Rickenbacker in the 1960's for various markets . The Ryder and Electro guitars were intended as student models and usually were sold together with a tube amplifier.