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Rickenbacker International Corporation - Forum :: View topic - Going to buy my first RIC :)
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Author:  jbudweiser [ Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Going to buy my first RIC :)


Author:  maxwell [ Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Going to buy my first RIC :)

I'm with you, jbudweiser. I pretty much despise gig bags, and would never transport a guitar that I cared about in one. But, I've met gigging musicians who swear by them; different strokes..... ("Different strokes for different folks.")

lassiebacker - Anyway, any new generic handle, an especially sturdy one, would probably enhance your image. Odd handle = instant mojo, especially if the case is now a little beat up. (I'm only half kidding.)

Author:  maxwell [ Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:07 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Going to buy my first RIC :)

I just did a search on Google - lots of info. Have not read through much of it yet, but you can see that this is a common problem. One of the links was for ebay, and when I specified / added "Rickenbacker" to the search parameter, no specific Rick handle came up. There's a lot to choose from. For me I think the most difficult thing will be to remove those two existing long rivets that held the old handle, and even moreso, replace them.... Unless a shop can do this, I would probably be looking for long screws, although these could easily become loose and then your case falls again (and there will be ends to the screws that will protude a little and catch things (like you hand). No, replacement rivets are what's needed.


Author:  lassiebacker [ Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Going to buy my first RIC :)

I have gotten an email from the webshop were I bought my beauty, and I chat with them regularely. They did contact RIC and they can send a new handle free of charge, but shipping. Now the Q, How on earth is it possible to put it back on???

Author:  maxwell [ Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Going to buy my first RIC :)

I do not think that you can do it alone - an experienced person/shop will need to help you. The difficult thing, to me, will be to replace the two long rivets (pins) that attach the handle grip to the handle bracket. (I'm betting that the plastic handle itself broke and that you can see these two rivets/pins secured in their positions in the bracket.) You can cut the old ones off (hopefully a new handle will include two new rivets/pins, and if you're really lucky, instructions on how to install it), but I think that you (anyone) needs a special tool (like pliers) to install the new rivets (crimp/squash one end so that it will not fall out/off). Maybe your shop can do it for you!? A broken handle is, afterall, a relatively common occurance. Just ask. If they can't do it, I'm betting they know someone who can. (They want to help -- they appreciate your business, and want you to return there to buy your second Rick, or amp....) There seems to be a video for everything in the world on YouTube - maybe there is one demonstrating handle repair/replacement, at least on riveting.

Author:  maxwell [ Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Going to buy my first RIC :)

Just looking around. Here's something: Using "SPLIT RIVETS" seems to be key for a do-it-yourself repair.





A more professional technique:



It seems like everyone says go to a luggage reapair shop....

Author:  lassiebacker [ Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Going to buy my first RIC :)

If I could have, I would have. The problem here is that the shop where I bought it is in Vermont, USA.... Hahah :D But in Alta there is a shop who repairs maybe these stuff. But they are so F*****' expensive to do a tiny thing...
Thinking of a new Ric, I really don't think I will get another in a good while, my dad was not so glad that I bought it... And I would have bought my 2nd Ric there :) Good service!

Author:  jbudweiser [ Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Going to buy my first RIC :)

Hi Lassiebacker, it's good that your seller is willing to get a replacement handle. If it is not too expensive try to get the new handle fitted by a suitcase repairer. If it is too expensive or you cannot find someone to repair it, Maxwell post on using the split rivet, sounds like a very good alternative. While your waiting for the new handle try to find a repairer and those split rivets.

Max, great post!

Author:  iceref21 [ Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Going to buy my first RIC :)

Hi there,

I purchased my first Ric it was the 360/6. As I also do alot of George's solos I also purchased a Gretsch country gentleman that George used on alot of his solos, and it is a perfect fit. And like you I think I'm ready for the Ric 12 now. But I was glad that I purchased the 360/6 first, as gave me the feel of it. Check out www.musiciansfriend.com they have great deals on Rics. Best of luck.

Author:  lassiebacker [ Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Going to buy my first RIC :)

The handle arrived. Next question.... How to get it on. It will replace the whole thingy on the case. but how??

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