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Author:  MrBern1964 [ Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:07 pm ]
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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.

Congrats on your 12 string.
You must be eagar to hear it jangle!
I envy you. I love to tinker & it would make a nice project to restore an old Ric. But my 320 is clean enuff that I'll keep it stock.
Good luck with your restoration & let us know how it goes.

Author:  telemaster [ Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:31 pm ]
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Thanx for the welcoming comments Mr.Bern', and JBud'...As soon as I figure out the system I will be posting pix of the project. So far I've made significant progress amassing parts from Ebay as well as the RIC boutique. Bought a 12 saddle bridge and pickguards from the boutique and sourced toaster-top pickups, a Ric 4 pot harness with RIC-O-SOUND outputs (to which I will add the blend knob) and strap buttons from Ebay. M6 mini Schallers from a luthier supply house, which do not quite fit right (started a new thread about that) Still need a tailpiece (most urgently) and a jack plate and TRC. I plan on fabricating a jack plate from sheet brass to allow me to plug the durn thing in and I have a line on a tail piece so the truss rod cover will be my last hurdle. If I can get my source to ship me the tailpiece I will be jangling soon even without a TRC. Thanx again for the welcome, I think I'm gonna like it here!

Author:  telemaster [ Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:19 pm ]
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As promised , some pictures of my new baby. Excuse me for any possible mistakes as I stumble through this process. I already lost the text I previously composed trying to upload the pix. Hope I didn't double post. As I write this I am watching the documentary "George Harrison: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD" by Martin Scorsese. What a thrill to see George playing "MY" guitar in concert as he was singing "If I needed someone". Too Cool! I opted for toaster tops and the 12 saddle bridge (obviously). That was the cool thing about buying the guitar the ebay way. I don't have to retire valuable parts to the parts drawer by replacing that which wasn't there in the first place. Unfortunately, conspicuous in it's absence is the, yet to be sourced, tailpiece. The upper guard is there but not installed because of a slight oversight when filling my order. A left handed upper guard was shipped by mistake. Patiently awaiting receipt of the Return Authorization to rectify this situation. It's finish is nearly flawless, except for the two small scratches on the back of the body. The front, as you can see in the pix, has that famous mirror-like quality. Tried a couple of angles to show this off. I hope it worked.

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Author:  jbudweiser [ Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:26 am ]
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Looking good there telemaster :)

Author:  telemaster [ Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:14 pm ]
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So far nobody has caught the bogus bit on my guitar so time to fess up. The TRC is actually a piece of clear plex that I shaped and the white background and logo lettering is a photocopy of a real truss rod cover. looks ok to me from a couple of feet away and (apparently) in the photo too, since nobody called me on it. Just trying to get by 'til the real thing comes along. How's it look now that you know it is counterfit? Still looking to replace it with the real thing.

Author:  jbudweiser [ Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:19 pm ]
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:lol: Sir it brings me no pleasure in telling you that your TRC is Counterfeit! ONLY JOKING!!!! :lol: :lol: I just read your post, so I know about it now!

Seriously ,,,,,,, I cannot notice anything out of place on the TRC, it does look just like the real thing. It is rather ingenious how you did it, and the results you got well they speak for themselves. Top Job telemaster

Have you ever considered setting up ''shoppe.''......it seems parts of Asia are the hot spots, I'm sure with your talent you would be very welcomed! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Author:  ThisCharmingMan [ Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:54 pm ]
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a 12 saddle bridge for my 360v64 is on the way as well! ;)

Author:  telemaster [ Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:59 pm ]
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jbudweiser wrote:
Have you ever considered setting up ''shoppe.''......it seems parts of Asia are the hot spots, I'm sure with your talent you would be very welcomed!

Thanx for the props jbud.... I actually do have a shoppe or shop as we say here in the colonies. I do small jobs mostly for friends and build my own custom instruments as well as modify others. Mostly parts=o=casters. Keeps me off the streets and out from under the wifes feet. I don't take any pride in counterfeiting (thanx for the proper spelling BTW, I missed that in my post) but it will get me by until the real thing comes along.

off topic footnote, noticed you're in Australia, I have two Morris minis from there as well as three more from the UK. Cars and guitars sort of go together, don't they "Bruce"?

Author:  jbudweiser [ Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:20 am ]
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Telemaster do you own any other Rickenbacker's? Once you get those 12 strings on and in tune it's going to sound amazing. The Ric you purchased as a shell is certainly getting there
Now I know your from the UK it is easy to understand why getting parts are not so easy!
I do believe as you have some prior experience, you already have set up shop so to speak, then this axe is going to look and sound stunning.

LOL I can clearly see the TRC said made in the USA ( so it wriitten so it must be) :lol: :lol:!

Author:  telemaster [ Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:12 am ]
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Nope, not from the UK. I just love their cars. I'm in the "colonies"...land of the Rickenbacker. In fact I grew up within 30 miles or so of the RIC factory in Southern California. I am truly excited and anxious to hear my 360. And it is torturing me that I am having such a hard time finding the tailpiece for it. Trying hard not to just fabricate something, just so I can hear the durn thing. I would really rather do it right. I don't think I am going to be able to resist the temptation to just build something for a tailpiece if one doesn't turn up soon.

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