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Ric 325-ish build

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by englishman, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Country Gent

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    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    Here's another private build of a Rickenbacker 325. I think it's amazing how hollow that little guitar is.

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    All three guitar-playing Beatles with hollow bodies:

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  2. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Pretty sure the drums are hollow too.

    Still in two minds about chambering, the body is 2 pounds now, after the control cavity is done, what is to be gained chambering the other side? Avoiding neck dive is going to be tough here.
     
  3. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Country Gent

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    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    -True spec Rick 325, great resonance and light weight?

    I thought neck dive would be a problem on a Gibson SG? But, I'm just a casual observer, so I defer to your experience.
     
  4. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    SGs are weird like that, some do, some don't yet they appear identical. My 2007 was horrible but my 74 is fine. Since I'm using super lightweight wood for the body, I'm confident that it will be lighter than the original.
     
  5. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Country Gent

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Just talked to my luthier about a reliced Flying V Junior with a single P90. How cool would that be?!! The missing link...
     
  6. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Friend of Fred

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Neck dive is a fixable problem by moving the upper strap button. I wouldn't think a short scale guitar like that would suffer from it regardless of the body weight. Leaving the lower side unchambered would help too though.
     
  7. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Well. Headstock rough shaped and initial carve done.

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    And ... hmmm.

    I just realized that with the neck angle I need to clear the neck pickup the bridge will be way up in the air.

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    I could recess the pickups I guess.. which will involve cutting a chunk out of the tenon. Works for SGs though. Dunno. Have to ponder more.
     
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  8. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Think I got it. The holes in the pickup base are tapped so I can just make a surround or extend the pickguard over.

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  9. fender62custom

    fender62custom Friend of Fred

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  10. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    So got the maple top glued on and sized. Did the old round over on the back and cut the binding channel.
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    Hmm Telebacker??

    Nah.

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  11. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
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    So this is where I am. The pickups will be hung off the underside of the pickguard. There will be the usual pickup selection switch just above the knobs. Light coat of vintage amber stain to make the grain really pop.
    I intend to round off the pickguard corners n stuff.
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    The vintage amber on an offcut.

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  12. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Neck pocket routed. Nice fit. Just need to skim it level with the guitar top. Just over one degree so I think that'll work!

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  13. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

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    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Looking great David!
     
  14. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

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    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    In my experience the difference with SGs are the tuners. The ones with Grovers dive and the ones with the plastic tulips or the white buttons are fine.
     
  15. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    My 74 has the chrome keys. It's fine.
     
  16. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

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    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    I'm sure there are exceptions both directions. I was speaking in generalities not absolutes and only in my humble experience. SGs are wonderful guitars.
     
  17. Roger49

    Roger49 Country Gent

    Feb 18, 2015
    Germany
    Looking good -as was to be expected!
    However, (I may well be wrong as is often the case!), but I thought all Rickies were chambered the other way round, ie. what would normally be the the top is in fact the back of the guitar.
    Not that there's any reason why that construction needs to be followed but is there a reason for not following that route?
    Just wondering...........
     
  18. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    The main one being I wasn't aware of how they are put together. I've never even held a Ric 6 or 12 string. This is going to end up as a hybrid between the 325 and my 4003 bass!
     
  19. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Neck glued in place. Planning out pickguard refinements. With the nwxkno. Still stupidly light.

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