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 Post subject: Re: RESTORING A RICKENBACKER?
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:08 pm 
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Harry, open up a free photo hosting account on a site like photobucket.com. You can upload your photos there, arrange them as you wish, and place links in this thread so we can see what you're up against...

Talking about fine points of restoration and refurbishing without photos is like...well, you get my meaning!

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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:34 am 
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OK, I apologise for the state of her, I know I've been careless, reckless even, but but this is the sort of thing I am dealing with ...

http://s1104.photobucket.com/albums/h321/RicFix/Before/

As I have already stated, this is not a full restoration, I'm just trying to do what I can without shelling out hundreds of pounds.

So I have started with filling these dents and chips with layers of black nail varnish. It doesn't match exactly - the finish is sort of green under strong light now - but it's better than bare wood staring through. It's all OK so far. The plan is to then cut back with wet and dry, polish out the scratches and then wax

One question, should I use the solid colour all the way and sand it back, or fill up to a point and then clear lacquer and sand back?


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With JG, the color used to age into a shade of deep olive green, due to the varnish turning yellow over time. That's a thing of the past with the new UV-cured varnish.

On a JG instrument, you can use black all the way through.

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 Post Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:30 am 
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Hello. I fixed up a 63 950 a few years ago. When I sold it I thought I was out of the club, so I went back to fixing the rest of my menagerie. Recently I got ahold of a bright red 360/12 that had a sloppy headstock repair on the treble side. I couldn't get to it before xmas, so I took a look this weekend.

The good news is that it has almost all the parts. The bad news is that it is missing two pots under the pickguard and I can't quite sort it out. Would this be a good thread to ask, or should I start one? I have a number of questions. I will take some photos and post them.

In case you're wondering, I have fixed a number of archtops, including a Gretsch bass that was almost completely dismantled (including frets). I am not a pro, but I am pretty determined. The only project I have ever given up on was a guitar made by Kustom in the 60s, because I just couldn't get enough info to finish it.


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 Post Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:04 am 
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It's not really a restoration, as in as much as I am not stripping and refinishing, but is there a place for a 'beer-budget' refurbishment job in this thread?

My faithful 330/6 is looking tired and battered after 22 years. There are chips, dents and even a chunk that goes down to the maple out of the finish, the neck is out of whack after years of messing with light top / heavy bottom strings, the headstock is scarred and there is cracking all over the body. It's in a pretty sorry state tbf .Still makes me feel like a king when I play it though.

So, I've read the advice in here and dived in to try and do the best I can with limited resources.

I have pictures aplenty of the process so far


If it were me, I'd attend to the neck issues only, and play the snot out of it for another 22yrs.

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 Post Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:39 am 
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The good news is that it has almost all the parts. The bad news is that it is missing two pots under the pickguard and I can't quite sort it out. Would this be a good thread to ask, or should I start one? I have a number of questions. I will take some photos and post them.


Restoring a 360 harness to stock is very simple. There are even schematics of the stock harness under the "Service>Schematics" tab. If you are handy with a soldering iron it should be no problem for you.

If it were me, I might remove all of the original electronics and store them somewhere safe, and create an entirely new harness based on the stock schematic. The only thing I'd consider leaving in place would be the jacks and the switch.

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http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c130/cassius987/4001-3PickupWiring.jpg


I am tempted, running three pickups, to lose Ric-O-Sound and just let this bass be mono only. But there are two reasons I think to leave ROS in place: 1) Ric-O-Sound almost always comes in handy in the studio, even if one side is two pickups and one side is one pickup; 2) If I unwired it, what would I do with the hole for the jack? Dual mono perhaps? That's all I can come up with for it.

If I run the bass as dual mono (I have no idea how useful this is) it will be really easy to wire a master tone control by running it off of the "Tip" prong. Presently I can do that with the switchable mono jack, except that I kind of hate to add extra wires to something that's already fairly crowded.

Thoughts on my project?


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 Post subject: Re: RESTORING A RICKENBACKER?
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:44 am 
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How about a double-stack pot for V&T for the pickup you sacrificed the tone control for to get the variable .0047 inline? Then the tone cap would come straight off the volume half of the double pot and you wouldn't have any more spaghetti under the pickguard/control plate.


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 Post subject: Re: RESTORING A RICKENBACKER?
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:15 am 
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just had my 4003 (i think)1983 model stripped down to parts,re wired,fret board stripped,new frets,new varnish/oil .all put back together.neck,perfectly straight,next to zero buzz,low action ,the fret/fretboard finish is amazing.sounds like a different bass,it has had a very hard life.ive had it 14 years and it was pretty beat up when i got it but what a difference.i cant put it down.next i need new tuners,the open backed ones as there are a few holes need covering where the originals were and others have been fitted in the past.also the body has more chips than a potato snack factory.not sure if i should get it professionaly restorated.now it plays sweet and looks agro.video is before neck was refinished.can someone tell me if they think it is a 4001 or 4003.im sure its a 4003 .i put the serial number in the rick site but it just tells me its a 1983.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIzVIHEaxFY


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 Post subject: Re: RESTORING A RICKENBACKER?
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“but certainly it's possible to use other . . . now better . . . chips to do the same thing.”


I would like to know what type of newer manufactured IC chip I can use to replace the unmarked Integrated Circuit part #, which I would like to have replaced on my 1988 - 370/12- string Roger McGuinn Limited Edition Guitar. I had the circuit board completely restored with the exception of this stock unmarked component and this is the only part that the electronic specialists could not seem to identify for proper replacement.

After the restoration circuitry replacement and tracing renovation, for a while had the guitar working again then suddenly the guitar electronics sputtered then unfortunately, the signal faded off and died on me two weeks ago. Now there is simply no sound emanating from the guitar any longer. Replaced both output jacks to no avail and left with a dead guitar. Any help someone can give me with this dilemma would greatly be appreciated.

You may contact me also at moonlighttimes@yahoo.com

A while back received the following response from John Hall

“It wasn't proprietary but rather a somewhat specialized compander chip from as small IC maker. In its time, it was very good for what it did.

Unfortunately, not only are stocks gone, so is the manufacturer. To my knowledge there are no pin-for-pin equivalents but certainly it's possible to use other . . . now better . . . chips to do the same thing.”


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 Post subject: Re: RESTORING A RICKENBACKER?
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:11 pm 
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ok i will jump in here and post 2 pics
i run a small repair workshop here in melbourne aust - this arrived a while ago and is getting my attention as time permits - sadly not enough in the past couple weeks.

it is rickenbacker 4001 built in 1979 and this is how she arrived from canberra - the neck was badly bent with multiple fracture lines, some of the fractures had received a dose of epoxy at some stage but this only made things worse - this is not really a restore but more of a rebuild....

apols for th smallness of the pics but there are constraints on image size on this forum

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work has proceeded to the following stage - actually I have docked the fingerboard since this was shot
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