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 Post subject: 625/12
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 10:21 am 
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I know on Tom Petty's "Damn the Torpedos" album he's playing a 625/12. I heard once a long time ago there were 3 made. Has anyone ever seen one, do you know where I can find one? Any info on them?


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 Post subject: Re: 625/12
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 9:29 pm 
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I don't know about the statement that there were three made. Perhaps you're confusing that with the fact that Campbell's 625/12 was the third Rickenbacker twelve string ever made. The first two, both 360/12's (old style), went to Suzi Arden and George Harrison.


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 Post subject: Re: 625/12
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 10:27 pm 
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So is that the only one then?


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 Post subject: Re: 625/12
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So is that the only one then?


That was the only 625/12 manufactured in 1963. According to "The Complete History of Rickenbacker Guitars" by Richard Smith, another model designated as a 625/12 was produced in 1964. Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers purchased that "pre-owned '63 12-string" pictured on the cover of "Damn The Torpedoes" for $120.


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 Post subject: Re: 625/12
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:07 am 
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That guitar really is stunning. It would be amazing to see it up close and personal, but sadly, Mike has it, and there is no possible way to get it from Mike...


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 Post subject: Re: 625/12
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:02 am 
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I built a pretty accurate copy of this guitar (using a well-worn older 620/12 as a base) for Glenn Wall, last year.

Here it is after restoration (second from left) with some older FG brethren:

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... 13copy.jpg

Here's the same guitar in process:

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... nserts.jpg

Here is the fretboard after I conberted the inlays to full-width:

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... ebound.jpg

The conversation/restoration involved stripping the old finish, defretting, converting the triangular router-cut inlays to full-width, rebinding, new pickups, new frets, new pickguard, reonditioning the old tuners, a new trapeze tailpiece, nut, all new fasteners (stainless steel, slotted, not Phillips), and a specially-matched aged and faded FG paint job.

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 Post subject: Re: 625/12
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What is the difference between a 620/12 and a 625/12? I'm completely lost on this one. Gorgeous job once again, Paul!


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 Post subject: Re: 625/12
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Technically, a 625 would have a vibrato, while a 520 would have a fixed tailpiece. That's how it was a number of years ago. These days, the two seem to be interchanged a lot.


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 Post subject: Re: 625/12
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 10:29 am 
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Ummm...did I say, "conberted"?

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 Post subject: Re: 625/12
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 10:31 am 
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If you want to see it up close and personal,you'll have to travel to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland where it's actually on display.


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