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 Post subject: Re: 1975 481 SLANT FRET RESTORATION
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:33 am 
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R&R CHEMIST the nut, p-ups and bridge all had to be on the relative slant in order to play in tune. The frets were slanted making everything else the same or it would not have worked or played in tune.


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 481 SLANT FRET RESTORATION
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:14 pm 
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Gotcha. I'd still love to get my hands on one of these just to try it out.....
Maybe someday I will!


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 481 SLANT FRET RESTORATION
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:01 pm 
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Yes, it was curiosity about these slant-fret models that caused my husband and me to buy this one, even though we surely paid too much for it.... I do think it was worth it to get it restored and playable again. And now it's so BEAUTIFUL!


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 481 SLANT FRET RESTORATION
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:29 pm 
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It certainly is a beautiful guitar now! Enjoy!
By the way that's cool that you and your husband are both into guitars. I've tried to get my wife to learn but she's just not that interested, although she indulges my music obsession and encourages me...she even listens to all the albums I make even though it's probably not her cup of tea!

Anyway, back to the topic, where would one go about finding guitars like this or the old Lightshow 331 Kenny Howes restored? I only seem to see used or vintage "standard" models where I look (by standard I mean 330s, 360s, 4001 and 4003 basses)


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 481 SLANT FRET RESTORATION
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:40 pm 
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Actually, Chemist, my husband is not really into guitars at all, but he used to have a 4001 bass when he was in college because he thought he might want to learn to play like his hero, Geddy Lee.... He never got beyond noodling around with it, and eventually sold the bass.

However, when I started learning the guitar about eight years ago, he kept telling me, "You've gotta get a Rickenbacker...", and eventually he found one for about $600 on Ebay, the rather worn 330 that is now my Purpleburst pride and joy. Anyway, it was love at first jangle, and the rest is history....


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 481 SLANT FRET RESTORATION
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:52 pm 
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Cool story! I've been playing guitar for about 16 years, since I was 10, and I've ALWAYS wanted a Ric, but being a stupid teenager/early 20s kind of guy, everytime I had a lot of money saved up to buy gear I always bought other stuff, Fenders, Gibsons, etc thinking "Well I can always buy a Ric someday later"...I finally got my first one 3 months ago as an early graduation gift for finishing my PhD, and now of course I'm 26, married, 2 kids, own a house.......NO MONEY for gear.....I learned my lesson! :-(

For years (since I was about 13) I've wanted a 360, a 360/12, and a bass, so now I at least have my 360 JG which I play almost exclusively now. That's my story, in case anyone cared! :-)


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 481 SLANT FRET RESTORATION
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Without the stories, Chemist,, they would just be beautiful guitars waiting for humans to make them whole...

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Rickenbackers: I love to play them. I enjoy the challenge of working on them. I love the way they sound.


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 481 SLANT FRET RESTORATION
 Post Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 6:59 pm 
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Great point, Jingle_Jangle.


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 481 SLANT FRET RESTORATION
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:22 pm 
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Without the stories, Chemist,, they would just be beautiful guitars waiting for humans to make them whole...


What an interesting and inspiring thought....there's potential for a song somewhere in there!


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 Post subject: Re: 1975 481 SLANT FRET RESTORATION
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 2:27 pm 
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Looking at all these wonderful restoration pics from both Dale & Paul, I think this must be what the people sitting around Abbey Road Studio Two were thinking:

Lennon: "Here's my restoration of Kenny's '67 360WB."

McCartney: "Oh, yeah? Well, here's MY restoration of Melibee's 481!"

Or something like that....

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