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 Post subject: 360/6c63 Special
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:29 pm 
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I've been fortunate to get myself one of these 360 6-string C63 Specials last week, and it's just the most wonderful guitar. I am wondering if anyone can provide a little more history on it?

There isn't much information on this new model on the Ric site, very little discussion here in the forums, and nothing I can find on an original such model from the early 60s. I know Ric produced a few prototype 360 12-strings in 1963, one of which went to Suzi Arden, and the other going to George Harrison in Feb '64 - that guitar, of course, becoming iconic. This 360 6-string seems to have all the same specs as the 360/12c63 - other than having 6 strings.

Did this 6-string 360 model (with the 330 body shape like the 360/12c63) ever exist, either in prototype or for retail? Or was the more rounded 360 body shape released in '64 the first 360 6-string and this 360/6c63 Special the first of its kind?


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 Post subject: Re: 360/6c63 Special
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:44 pm 
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Congrats on the new Rick 360 C63.The original 360 traces back to '58,with the 330 body shape but a thicker depth.It was thinned to the modern depth around '61,still double bound.There were cosmetic changes such as control knobs and tailpieces.It became known as the 360 "Old Style" and stayed in production until '68 or so.The 360/12C63 and your model are based off the original 360.The 360 "new style" appeared in '64 and has been in production ever since.


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 Post subject: Re: 360/6c63 Special
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:18 am 
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Yes, the double binding and the triangle inlays, as opposed to no binding and dot inlays, were the two original distinguishing features of the 360 opposed to the 330 from @1958 to @1964. I prefer the "OS" myself, especially with checkerboard.


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 Post subject: Re: 360/6c63 Special
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:21 pm 
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Thanks, that's just the information I've been looking for!


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 Post subject: Re: 360/6c63 Special
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:22 am 
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The (1991 - 2001) v64 360 6 strings are much more common - from the outside they look very similar. The c63s more closely follow 60s era construction techniques like X Bracing.

This run of 50 c63 6 strings for Guitar Centre are the only ones RIC has ever done I believe.

Congrats on getting one! 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: 360/6c63 Special
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:31 pm 
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Thanks Ontario!


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