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 Post subject: Let's see some photos!
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 4:01 am 
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Paul and Dale, I'd sure like to see some more photos of your restoration projects!


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Hopefully Sartori will photo document his efforts on the ebay master"piece(s)" he obtained.


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Dale and I will both post links to our projects, past and present, which we both keep in photobucket.com albums.

Dale and I have never met except on line. He is a former employee of RIC when its manufacturing division was known as "Electro String" for short, back in the '70s. After a stint at ES, he founded his own luthiery business in Orange County, CA, before moving to the green and peaceful area of Aloha, Oregon, where he pursues luthiery as his full-time profession. He is a real traditional craftsman with a wealth of knowledge on guitars in general and Rickenbackers in particular. I respect his knowledge and methods immensely.

Dale and I have a number of things in common, but one of the fun ones that does not involve guitars is "woodie" wagons. He owns a (is it a '46, Dale?) Mercury Woodie that he of course restored himself, and I've owned an even dozen woodies in the past, but right now own only one--a VW woodie which I build from scratch in '77 to my own design and currently resides in my studio in Brasil (the country).

Unlike Dale's full-time devotion to the maintenance of quality stringed instruments, mine is part-time, as my profession is education. I'm a department manager for a huge design University in San Francisco, and my hobby/business is restoring Rickenbacker guitars and basses. I'm about to embark on a personal project: restoring a '60 Capri which I recently acquired from well-regarded Rickenbacker collector and good friend, John Williams.

Dale and I are both quite booked up with projects and should have lots of pictures to share with you in coming posts.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see some photos!
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Thanks Paul. That would be a very rare 1942 Mercury Woodie. Only 7 left that are registered to the DMV. As for photo's: bring them on. I'd love to post on this site various photos of my past and present restorations and projects. What would be a better place than where I learned from. For those who are interested in my backround, I was born in Feb. of 1948, grew up on the beach in Venice Beach California where I learned to surf at a very young age, moved to Santa Ana in 1960. Both parents played guitar, and I started in 1959 when I could get my hand around my Fathers 1953 Tele. By 1961 I was playing Surf Music and we were opening for most of the well known Surf Bands in So.Calif. Then the Beatles changed my life. In 1967 I met Doc Kauffman and this started my career as a guitar repairman. During these times I also made friends with many other legends of the guitar industry including F.C. Hall and his son John. This was during the early 70's when I worked for Electro String in the wood shop. In 1975 I left the company to start my own small business of repair/restoration and building instruments. 30 years later I am still doing this on a smaller scale, just my son and I carry on this tradition.
We can restore or rebuild most all Rickenbackers from frets to complete necks and/or bodies. We do not advertise or have a web site. Our shop is located on the rear of our property behind our house and is not open to the public for walk in service. Thanks for the interest and we'll try to answer all questions and be of help as best we can.


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John, will we be able to post photos on the forum site or do we have to use another source like photobucket? I have some very nice older Ricks that have gone thru restoration and would like to share with other members. Currently I post on Peter's Rickenbacker Forum site.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see some photos!
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Same here. We could post photobucket links if necessary, but since Dale and I are posting photos of only our projects, and they are Rickenbacker guitars, there should be no copyright worries. And it would add some color and interest to the topic area...

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 Post subject: Re: Let's see some photos!
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That would indeed be a thrill.

Uh, what's this "groupie" status?


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Bob Kat: as you post more replies your ranking will improve from a Groupie to Roadie to Guitar Tech to Session Guitarist and so on. Welcome to the Rickenbacker site.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see some photos!
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 10:49 pm 
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OK, John asked for somephotos, so here goes. These are all links to my own photobucket pages, showing a few projects before and after.

I'm just finishing up (pun intended) an '85 4003 for a customer in San Diego. It started out as a Red/BT instrument, but he wanted something more subtle and distinctive.

Here's a shot of it in mid-strip, binding masked. The red arrows indicate the masking tape which is applied (several layers) to prevent the stripping chemical from eating the binding, which is ABS plastic. Celluloid binding will suffer, too, at the hands of these strippers.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C00426.jpg

The green arrow points to a small area where the Red wore through to bare wood, and dirt contamintaion occurred. This area will have to be sanded, bleached, sanded...

Here it is, stripped and sanded and nearly ready for sealer:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C00439.jpg

That's a '71 lefty in the background, checkered binding and all, also in for a refinish.

Here's what it looks like hanging in the spray booth, after sealer has been applied to the body and fretboard. This bass was next refretted and smoothed prior to painting color.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C00449.jpg

The next photo is of the refretting process. Some guys prefer pressing in frets, some use a hammer. Dale has commented on how Dick Burke used an ordinary claw hammer. My own preference is to press them in, as I feel it is easier on the guitar and more controllable.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C01020.jpg

Next are a few shots of an '80s 320 that I redid in the style of late '50s 325s, complete with 2-pot harness, Kaufmann Vibrola, custom pickguard, and antiqued Autumnglo finish (back then AG was known as "two-tone brown"). This guitar also received new frets and a refinished fretboard.

This photo shows the old MG finish being stripped. You can see a similar wear spot on the back, to the bass above. This was also bleached and sanded.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... kstrip.jpg

Here's the fretboard after stripping and fret removal, having its open grain filled:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... 00051a.jpg

Here it is following sanding and sealing the body, and refretting:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C00099.jpg

Next,the body in the spray booth being tinted to its AG finish:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... rontcu.jpg

Close up of the fretboard next. Varnishing the fretboard is a three-step process for me.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... board2.jpg

Following all this, the varnish on body, neck, and fretboard is carefully sanded down, dead flat, using very hard EPDM rubber blocks, some flat and some shaped. I start with #1000 wet or dry paper and end up with #2000 or #2500. I use a plexiglas block for the flat areas. Every little bit of the guitar's surface must be carefully sanded. Then I machine buff the guitar with two grades of compound, to a glass-like finish, and after resting a few days, it's inspected, touched up if necessary, assembled, and sent back to its owner.

Here's the body, post-buffing:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... 0shiny.jpg

And the completed, assembled, rewired guitar:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... ux/325.jpg

I've got lots of projects in process right now, so I'll be posting more links as time goes on!



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 Post subject: Re: Let's see some photos!
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Nice job Jingle Jangle; that is a real sweet 320.

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