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Author:  JohnHall [ Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ebay hunting

There were short periods of time that we experimented with single truss rods on the 320 series instruments. Everything I see in the photos indicates this is a genuine instrument.

Author:  MrBern1964 [ Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ebay hunting

Thank you for the confirmation, MrHall!

And thank you for saving me from the 325 counterfeit on ebay last November 2010.

Thank you to everyone who posted!

Author:  MrBern1964 [ Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ebay hunting

jbudweiser wrote:
MrBurn1964. Welcome and so glad to hear that you didn't get the fake. In fact you have a great guitar, thanks for the photos. I must commended you on winning that auction there were over 35 bids, and you won, I know how it feels, and it's nerve racking position, you showed courage and now have the Ric

Yes it does look like Mario or maybe Maria has signed it, you take a nice clear pic with your camera~ the guitar look greats. Have fun!


Actually, that weekend, the US East coast was hit by a hurricane. So I wasnt watching the ebay too intently.
In fact, I believe one bid was retracted, so it wasl the next day that I got the winning confirmation.
:shock:
It was in fact th last day of my summer vacation. I had been hoping to get a Ric much earlier in th summer, but it was a nice way to return to the office with that winning email waiting. A nice sunny day at the end of one long rainy summer....

Author:  MrBern1964 [ Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ebay hunting

cjj wrote:
I know there were some 320 & 325 guitars made in the 1980s that had single truss rods, but I'm not sure what the date ranges are for that. From the codes on your pots, yours was likely made in 1990. Check the serial number in RIC's serial number decoder to find out for sure...

http://www.rickenbacker.com/service_serials.asp


Ive already checked the serial#. Its a was listed as Sept 1989.

I was just concerned that it might be a non Ric body dressed up in old ric parts. Or a Ric that had a replacement neck.

The lack of beltbuckle scrapes or general dings & dents got me thinking it mightve been reworked. Now Im thinking that it probably just wasnt played for a long time & kept safely in the case.

Id like to tinker with it, but since its in nice shape, I'll keep it stock.

Author:  RICandVOX [ Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ebay hunting

MrBern1964 wrote:
Just one thing, looking in the control cavity has got me a littl concerned. Looks like the name MARIO or MARIA in there.


I recall reading in previous posts the name "Maria" (a RIC employee) has been found inside many Rickenbacker instruments.

Author:  jbudweiser [ Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ebay hunting

Thanks MrBurn1964, it seems your guitar is the real deal, Mr Hall's mention of single rods in the 320s made in that year confirms this. Hooray for that call! Yes your guitar is in nice shape, maybe look at what Jingle Jangle uses to polish Rickenbacker's

I think they clean them with Windex and then polish with Brilliantaze or Zymol, Scratch doctor may get rid of some small light scratches, you could search under polish to find out the details. I think your guitar will look almost brand new with a good polish!

This forum has served you well sofar in 2010 and now! LOL and you only have 1 rod to adjust at set up time. Yeah you were lucky to win maybe by someone else's default, so it was meant to be yours! Now we know it's all Ric,,,,just go on a play it!

so now with confirmation from Mr Hall and info given on the signature from RICandVOX.......... It's .........''Ave Maria''!

Author:  MrBern1964 [ Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ebay hunting

RICandVOX wrote:
MrBern1964 wrote:
Just one thing, looking in the control cavity has got me a littl concerned. Looks like the name MARIO or MARIA in there.


I recall reading in previous posts the name "Maria" (a RIC employee) has been found inside many Rickenbacker instruments.


Ah, good to know!

Ive wanted a 325 for a while but when I tried one in the late 80s, it seemed too small & light. Maybe Because I was playing a lot of bass back then.
Now, my niece Ava was born on Oct9, JohnLennon's birthday. So she's inspired me to pursie the 325.
And the ebay weekend was hit by hurricane Irene.
So should I call my 320, Ava, Irene, or Maria?!?!?
Nice to have choices.
Nice having a real Ric.
Thanks to everyone for the helpful info.
-bernard

Author:  jbudweiser [ Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ebay hunting

Called it ''Ava Maria'' as in Ave Maria, fits like a glove don't you think! :geek:

LOL seems like the planets aligned to assist with this purchase and some inspiration from your niece, so good luck to you Bernard and enjoy your Rickenbacker. What Amp do you have???

Funny I said it's Ave Maria in a previous post ;) :lol:

Actually this has been a fun post! Starting off from the 2010 fake and then a bit of
uncertainty about this e bay 320, which needed a bit of detective work, and clear photos as evidence to prove it is the real thing, ah it's been full of intrigue and had some twists and turns. Mr Hall having said the 320 did have single rod for a short while was conclusive, so all well that ends well~

Author:  Ontario_RIC_fan [ Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ebay hunting

Well I am glad that is sorted..

Bernard is it i2 7002? Or i2 6995 perhaps??

Author:  jbudweiser [ Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ebay hunting

telemaster wrote:
I got lucky on ebay too. I "won" a 360-12 in fireglo.....unfortunately it was stripped of every part that could be removed except the trussrods and nuts. A thoroughly specious practice to be sure. So Ok, I like a project and have made many a "Parts-o-caster" in my day. I have even designed and built a couple of custom one of a kind guitars. But this one I want to get right! I have never before experienced the reverence for a brand (or should I say family) of guitars that I find on this forum. I only hope I can do this guitar justice in bringing it back to its former glory. I look forward to posting many questions to the helpful people that I have found on the forum posts, which I have eagerly read in my short time being among Ric owners. (Sorry for the run on sentence structure, I'm just so D*mn happy to be able to post here) I have wanted a Ric 12 since I was 14 in Southern California and listening to Mr. McGuinns first janglings live at times. Now that I have entered my 7th decade I think I've waited long enough to get my hands 'round this particular dream. Thanx for all the answers I have gotten off of the posts in this forum already. And thanx in advance for any answers you may offer to questions of my own in future.


Hi welcome to the forums ,,,it took me a while realise it was your first post! So sorry I quoted the lot! I like what you wrote! You seem like you have a bit to do to restore your Ric back to it glory, and I wish you good luck. Mind you I doubt I will personally be able to help you piece a guitar back together in good order, but others more knowledgeable will try to be of assistance! Yes there is respect for this family of guitars! I would never attempt to put a Ric back together from scratch, I would much rather just play :lol: !

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