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 Post subject: What is this?
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:55 pm 
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What is this? It looks sort of like some sort of vibrato....

Rickenbacker Converter Comb with Arm OEM:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rickenbacker-Converter-Comb-Arm-OEM-/250922703467?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item3a6c289a6b


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:47 pm 
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There was a mention of this in my 650 thread. There is a good description/story in Tony Bacon's Rickenbacker book. Invented by James Gross.


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 Post Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:59 pm 
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Short answer: It's used to make a 12 string into a 6 string...


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:43 pm 
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cjj wrote:
Short answer: It's used to make a 12 string into a 6 string...



Thanks cjj! That's the short of it, but how does it work?


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:28 pm 
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I did Google this, and came up with this: http://home.provide.net/~cfh/rick.html

I'd like to see one of those in action. I can't imagine how it works.


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
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jbudweiser wrote:
cjj wrote:
Short answer: It's used to make a 12 string into a 6 string...



Thanks cjj! That's the short of it, but how does it work?

The "teeth" are placed over the octave strings and pull them down so you don't hit them...


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:14 pm 
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Here's a Rickenbacker promotional photograph of the "Convertible Guitars" with the converter comb:

http://www.rickenbacker.com/gallery_ima ... _year=1967


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:04 pm 
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Not the flashiest looking gizmos to put on your guitar. :D


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:57 pm 
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That thing looks like something one might have bought from a thrift shop to cut one's hair, back in the late 60's 70's. Alas I don't have the long hair for it now.

Actually this device is pretty niffty, Ok you cannot bend strings but it looks as if it works OK. It would be a real talking piece at any rate.


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 Post subject: Re: What is this?
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:46 pm 
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cjj wrote:
jbudweiser wrote:
cjj wrote:
Short answer: It's used to make a 12 string into a 6 string...



Thanks cjj! That's the short of it, but how does it work?

The "teeth" are placed over the octave strings and pull them down so you don't hit them...



Ok Thanks for enlightening me cjj:D ! It would be a very good device, now if you could whip it on in a flash and remove it that would be perfect, but we both know the answer to that question :lol:


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