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 Post subject: Greetings from Downunder. Do you remeber this Axe Mr Hall?
 Post Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:52 pm 
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Hello all and sundry.

Yes dreams do come true.

I remember drooling over my local music shop's window at a 330 when I was a kid and the name "Rickenbacker" has been etched in my brain ever since.

Yesterday, via ebay and the post, came my first Ric. A 620, apparently with distinguished provenance. Ruby red with a predominantly black binding, Accent and non-standard pick-ups. Serial E97609.

A thing of rare beauty.

I'm told by the seller that this Axe once belonged to a Mr H. McGuinn and that "it was heavily customised by CEO Mr John Hall."

Taken all with a grain of salt, but it all seems legit, as I have an e-mail from Mr McGuinn to the then buyer confirming the details.

If you are patrolling these pages Mr Hall, can you confirm?

Every guitar has a story, I'd like to confirm mine so that in a hundred years time, when the heirloom has been passed from one generation to the next, to the next, to the next the story can go with it.

Hoo-ray! I'm finally the very proud owner of one of the objects of my dreams.

Thank-you for producing such a thing.

Chris.


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 Post subject: Re: Greetings from Downunder. Do you remeber this Axe Mr Hal
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:07 am 
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Well, the story is quite simple actually. I had been in Germany with the late Rene Schaller, out driving the autobahn in his ruby red Mercedes Benz that had been customized with all black parts where normally you would expect chrome. Some have referred to this as the "Euro-black" style. At least in the context of the time I thought it was a really hot looking combination and vowed to try it on a guitar.

When I got home I decided to build an instrument like this but discovered that the various black chrome or black oxide options were fairly limited. While I was waiting for Schaller to perfect their black chrome process and send samples, I mocked up the look by using black gloss epoxy enamel on all the metal parts, knowing that in photos you really couldn't tell the difference. It was never intended to be produced that way- it was just to get a jump on advertising material while the correct parts were in transit. That was this guitar.

The instrument was put aside for many years after that and collected dust in my lock-up area. One day, Henry McGuinn, who worked in our customer service department, needed a guitar for some purpose and I gave it to him, along with some chrome parts to replace the black painted parts. What he may have changed out or not, I have no knowledge of.


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 Post subject: Re: Greetings from Downunder. Do you remeber this Axe Mr Hal
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 Post subject: Re: Greetings from Downunder. Do you remeber this Axe Mr Hal
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Excellent.

A pimped out Axe.

Many Thanks Mr Hall.

You are a Gentlemen and a Scholar.

Regards,

Chris.


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 Post subject: Re: Greetings from Downunder. Do you remeber this Axe Mr Hal
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What a great story! Thanks so much for posting.


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 Post subject: Re: Greetings from Downunder. Do you remeber this Axe Mr Hal
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Artslap Hi and welcome. What a great story. I'm a bit surprised that Mr Hall can recall all the specific details of your guitar and its history. After all Mr Hall has seen so many guitar over his years. However Mr Hall did personally work on this guitar so it's defiantly a one off. The whole story fits together like a glove. It can be very difficult to trace a guitars history and to request information directly from Mr Hall. You are extremely lucky on your first post!

Can you post a photo of your guitar?? I'm sure all would like to see it. It will be like a trip down memory lane for Mr Hall to see this guitar again.

Terrific score from ebay , glad all went well for you with the post and service.


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 Post subject: Re: Greetings from Downunder. Do you remeber this Axe Mr Hal
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Having trouble attaching a pic.

Comes up with the following:

"The image must be at least 0 pixels wide, 0 pixels high and at most 0 pixels wide and 450 pixels high. The submitted image is 277 pixels wide and 626 pixels high"


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 Post subject: Re: Greetings from Downunder. Do you remeber this Axe Mr Hal
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I found the completed eBay listing pretty easily:
http://bit.ly/QFpYZG

Hope it's OK to post a completed listing here. If not, I apologize in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: Greetings from Downunder. Do you remeber this Axe Mr Hal
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Artslap wrote:
Having trouble attaching a pic.

Comes up with the following:

"The image must be at least 0 pixels wide, 0 pixels high and at most 0 pixels wide and 450 pixels high. The submitted image is 277 pixels wide and 626 pixels high"

It's kind of a weird message, but it means that your 626 pixel dimension is too large. The max for any dimension is 450 pixels...


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 Post subject: Re: Greetings from Downunder. Do you remeber this Axe Mr Hal
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The zeros mean it is unlimited in that dimension but obviously the software garbles the message.


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