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 Post subject: The Rickenbacker Demographic?
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:00 am 
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I found interesting a discussion on another guitar manufacturer's forum about what the users thought the demographic was for that company's products. Most of the users seemed to suggest that, because the guitars tended to be a little bit more costly, and because they tended to be the guitars that the 60's generation grew up seeing our favorite bands using, the demographic for that brand of guitars was more of a middle-aged population (typically, men in their forties and fifties).

This discussion got me to thinking about Rickenbackers and what the demographic for them might be. Because, like this other brand of guitars that I mentioned, Rickenbackers are not as widely used as, say, Fenders, Gibsons, etc., and they were also very popular guitars in the 60's that we grew up watching our favorite bands play, the popular bands have used them less frequently in the 70's, 80's, 90's, they have a considerable waiting period for those ordering them new, they tend to be guitars we collect, etc., I am wondering just what the demographic for Rickenbackers is? There certainly would be members of this forum that are in their twenties and thirties, but I can well imagine that there may be even considerably more in their forties, fifties and sixties. Can we do a somewhat unscientific survey to see what the Rickenbacker demographic is?

Please tell us your (1) age (2) how many Rickenbacker instruments you own, and (3) how old you were when you purchased your first Rickenbacker instrument. After the thread has begun to run out (if there are sufficient posts), I will tally the results and post them.

I'll start things off:
(1) I'm in my fifties.
(2) I own two Rickenbackers.
(3) I was 40 when I purchased my first Rickenbacker.

Thanks.


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 Post Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:04 am 
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1. I am in my 50's
2. I own 3 Rickenbackers
3. I was 37 when I bought my first Ric


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 Post subject: Re: The Rickenbacker Demographic?
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:07 am 
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Hmm. I think I already know the answer to this one.

I'm 37 and I presently own 5 RICs. I was 35 when I bought my first one.

I'm also, white, male, middle-class and married with children. I say white because that's what I look like, but I just found out that my birth-father was one-quarter American Indian. That could have been useful in college...


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 Post subject: Re: The Rickenbacker Demographic?
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:30 am 
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1. I'm 47
2. I own 10 Rick guitars, 4 Rick basses
3. I was 18 when I bought my first Rick, stupidly sold it in my early 20s, then started back up again upon turning 40.

JD


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 Post subject: Re: The Rickenbacker Demographic?
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:36 am 
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I'm 52, I currently own 3 Ricks (still waiting patiently on my 4th to arrive), and I was 20 when I obtained my first one. I was going to say bought but I traded a '72 telecaster even for it.


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 Post subject: Re: The Rickenbacker Demographic?
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:38 am 
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1. 31 years old (on Jan. 24th)
2. only own 1 Ric
3. I was 20 years old when I bought my first Ric


Joelle :)


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 Post subject: Re: The Rickenbacker Demographic?
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:39 am 
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In the interest of ease in compiling the results, please try to use the following format when responding:

1. [Age]
2. [# of Rickenbacker guitars}
3. [Age at first purchase of a Rickenbacker guitar}

[Add general comments, anecdotes, remarks, etc.]

Thanks, for the responses. And an early Happy Birthday to GirlLennon (keep an eye on your mailbox for my card and gift... [smile]).


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 Post subject: Re: The Rickenbacker Demographic?
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:58 am 
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1. I'm 25 years old
2. I own 4 rickenbacker's
3. I was 21 when I purchased my first one.



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 Post subject: Re: The Rickenbacker Demographic?
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Location: Cornelius, North Carolina (USA)
1] 29
2] I own 1 bass and have 1 on order
3] 19 when I got my bass for Christmas and 28 when I ordered the new one.

My father bought my bass in '96 from a Pawn Shoppe for $540 dollars. It's a '79 4001 FG in pretty good shape and still chugging. The great neck feel is one reason why I bought a new Rickenbacker bass.


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 Post subject: Re: The Rickenbacker Demographic?
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 1:13 am 
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1. I'm 24
2. I used to own 2 Rics, a used 360 and a new 620
3. I was 22 when I had them...(I wish I still did)


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