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 Post subject: Neck width at the nut
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:47 pm 
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Is the 660/12 the only 12-string model with a wider neck width at the nut?


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 Post subject: Re: Neck width at the nut
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:54 am 
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Nope, there's also the 1993 Plus. It's in the Models section under the 300 series.


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 Post subject: Re: Neck width at the nut
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:33 am 
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1993Pus is a great guitar! I do not know why they would not make the wider neck for the standard 360/12 Ric. It just makes good business sense. But so far "No Dice"! At least you have the 660 and 1993Plus options, but I'm not getting any younger, and my hopes are fading away for this models(360/12) wider neck!


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 Post subject: Re: Neck width at the nut
 Post Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 9:16 am 
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Just speculation on my part, but I'm wondering if the narrower neck and closely spaced strings on most Ric 12 strings do make a difference in the sound? I've never played a Ric 12 string with the wider neck, so I don't know for sure. But playing my Ric 330/12 versus my acoustic 12 string with a considerably wider neck, there does seem to be a difference and I don't think it's only due to the reverse octave string arrangement on the Ric.

It sounds to me like there is a more harmonic sitar-like drone effect on the Ric due to the more closely spaced strings sympathetically vibrating and even slapping against each other. Or is that just my imagination? :roll:

I don't know if that had anything to do with the decision to go with a narrower neck on most Rics. Most likely, it was just simple cost savings by using the same neck for both 6 and 12 string models. I think like many Ric 12 string players, I can live with the narrow neck since I have fairly small fingers. But I would probably prefer the wider neck if it was available on more models.


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 Post subject: Re: Neck width at the nut
 Post Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 11:19 am 
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Ric12Stringer wrote:
Most likely, it was just simple cost savings by using the same neck for both 6 and 12 string models. I think like many Ric 12 string players, I can live with the narrow neck since I have fairly small fingers. But I would probably prefer the wider neck if it was available on more models.


For years I've been saying that ALL the 12 string models should have the wider nut width, and 99.9% of ALL Ric 12 string guys would prefer the wide neck, AND, Rickenbacker would sell MORE guitars to the guys who already have the narrow neck 12, AND sell more guitars to NEW Ric fans who DO NOT play Rickenbackers because the neck is too narrow, but love the sound and look of a Rickenbacker guitar!!! :o :shock:


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