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 Post subject: I hope this never happens to RIC...
 Post Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:25 am 
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Although I am not personally a fan of O or F guitars, there are 46 good Americans out of work today:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/ ... 423558.php


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 Post subject: Re: I hope this never happens to RIC...
 Post Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:51 am 
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This was probably inevitable for them in the aftermath of the withdrawn IPO as it seemed like many of the non-Fender brands were acquired as window dressing for going public. It's sad to see those jobs go overseas although that's been a pattern for years now in our industry.

It won't happen here as long as I have any say about it.


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 Post subject: Re: I hope this never happens to RIC...
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Thank you, Sir.

May you live long, and prosper!


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 Post subject: Re: I hope this never happens to RIC...
 Post Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:33 pm 
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Yes, I saw this as well. Saddens me as I have a 2002 Ovation CS 257 I bought off of EBay in 2002. I am amazed at the sound when plugged in. Still playing it today. Sad they won't be "USA" anymore!
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 Post subject: Re: I hope this never happens to RIC...
 Post Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:36 pm 
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I knew something was going on when I tried to order a nut for my Ovation.
Ovation came back and said they did not sell to end users (I was going through Guitar Center).
Then they wanted the serial number. They were $1.25 each so I ordered 5, since the shipping was $5 and I have multiple Ovations.

They sent left handed nuts in the wrong color that didn't match the guitar.

When GC tried to order them again, they came back and said I could only order 1 nut per serial number, so I gave up.

GC was dismayed and showed me the email they got.

So, I'm not overly surprised about this.

From Rickenbacker I can buy all the nuts I want :), a bit more expensive, but much better quality.


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 Post subject: Re: I hope this never happens to RIC...
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I will avoid Pacific Rim when I can.


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 Post subject: Re: I hope this never happens to RIC...
 Post Posted: Mon May 05, 2014 2:03 pm 
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I missed the news about the withdrawn Fender IPO that Mr. Hall referred to. It's an interesting story that will make you say "yikes," several times....

http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2012/07/ ... d-its-ipo/

Thank you, Mr. Hall (and Mr. Hall before you) for steering RIC by a better star.


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 Post subject: Re: I hope this never happens to RIC...
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I didn't know Ovation still made American instruments other than under the Adamas name. My Ovation was MIC, but a stellar guitar. I wouldn't mind an upgrade, but it seems that I'll have to go used if I want to do that.

I don't see Rickenbacker going overseas at any point in the future.


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 Post subject: Re: I hope this never happens to RIC...
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Apparently FMIC has sold Guild to another guitar company (Cordoba I think?).
Hamer appears not exist as a brand anymore (US or import).
Bigger is not always better.


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 Post subject: Re: I hope this never happens to RIC...
 Post Posted: Sun May 25, 2014 7:56 pm 
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I agree that I hope it doesn't happen to RIC. I like Fender, but don't agree with how they are buying and dismantling companies or sending their manufacturing oversees. Hamer is now gone.

BTW, I just bought my first RIC, a 620 in Maple Glo and just blown away with the sound and play-ability. The craftsmanship is amazing.


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