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 Post subject: Who do we have to thank?
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:08 am 
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Just browsing through some of the pictures of the current models and I was wondering, who was it that came up with the design for the 325, 330, 360, 620, and 4003 body styles? Was it F.C. Hall? Was it some brilliant behind the scenes worker at Ric? Was it a joint effort? Just wondering some of the history behind these original shapes.

It is amazing how so many of the great guitar ideas (types of pickups, body shapes, construction techniques) came about in the 50's. Looking through the old literature archives of the brochures, it is interesting to see just how old some of these styles are. Yet they are timeless.



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 Post subject: Re: Who do we have to thank?
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2006 8:21 am 
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Hi, you can go to the history tab and it will tell you who designed ric's guitars.


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 Post subject: Re: Who do we have to thank?
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2006 8:25 am 
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Roger Rossmeisl is considered the primary designer of the 300 and 600 series, although F.C. Hall and others in the shop no doubt contributed. I'm not sure about the 4000 series, but their introduction in 1957 (same time as the new Rossmeisl 6-string designs) and the cresting wave would suggest Rossmeisl as well.

He also designed the Fender acoustic line after leaving Rickenbacker, according to the Richard R. Smith book.

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 Post subject: Re: Who do we have to thank?
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Rossmeisl designed the 4000.


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 Post subject: Re: Who do we have to thank?
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2006 9:57 am 
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Briz- You're so right. Roger's footprints are all over the last 50 years of guitar design. I believe he's resposible for our beloved checker binding. Mosrite's 'german carve' is their signature and is still in production. It's too bad he didn't get the recognition while he was alive. It happens all too often. Another example is Duke Kramer of Gretsch. Duke was associated non-stop with Gretsch from the mid-30's until his recent passing. That's almost 70 years with the same product! He was in on all the famous designs of the 50's and 60's. When Baldwin stopped production, Duke bought a tractor-trailer full of the remaining parts and sold them himself. When Fred Jr. decided to revive the brand the first guy he called was Duke. I had the privilege of meeting him at a guitar show back in the late 80's and he was as nice a gentleman as you'd ever want to meet. When he passed there was only a small blurb in Guitar Player. You hear alot about Ted McCarty and Leo, as it should be, but guys like Roger, F.C., Semie Moseley and Duke are unsung heroes. Richard Smith should write a book and cover all these guys, the visionaries who made it possible for us to enjoy these wonderful creations. In their own way they are works of art. Their creators don't get the homage they're due. -Dr.Phil


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