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 Post subject: Should I restore my 4001
 Post Posted: Sun May 07, 2006 11:59 pm 
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Hello all

Just got a 4001. My dad actually gave it to me so im a lucky chap. What im thinking of doing is getting it restored. Its a '74 jetglo, the bridge pick up has gone, I think it needs a rewind. The old grover machine heads are in bad shape and will need replacing. Don't mind the newer schallers i think they look great but if possible would like to keep it as original looking as possible. To me the guitar is priceless, i'll never get rid of it so i'm not bothered if the value goes down. I am really keen to get it looking the same as when my dad bought it back in '74. The bass has lost its shine and the finish looks quite dull and flat. On the back of the body in the middle are some fairly deep scratches where it has rubbed on his belt buckle. On the back of the neck around the 3rd and 5th frets are also deep scratches which i assume was caused by his wedding rings. The neck is straight but it maybe needs a re fret. The rest of the bass appears to be in good shape, with no splits etc. Any comments on this would be very much appreciated and if anybody knows anyone in London or the UK who could restore it to its former glory i would be very grateful for putting me on to them. I've seen some of the restoration jobs on this forum and I would be after the same high standards as these. I contacted Rosetti (the UK Ric dealer) but they told me to ask at music shops as they dont deal with restorations. I will enquire in my local shops and dealers but i thought I'd start here first.

Thanks in advance


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 Post subject: Re: Should I restore my 4001
 Post Posted: Mon May 08, 2006 8:05 am 
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There are a couple luthiers here that may give you some decent quotes. Check the other threads.


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 Post subject: Re: Should I restore my 4001
 Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 11:29 am 
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This is typical work for both Dale and me, but we are on the West Coast of the USA. Maybe some of our esteemed Forum members in the UK could chime in and recommend a good Rick luthier on that side of the pond?

That having been said, we do this sort of work for anyone who is willing to ship the guitar or bass the distance.

If you are interested in a quote, prices are quite favorable in this era of "Bush Dollars". You can write Dale or me offlist. Our e-mail addresses are in our profiles.

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 Post subject: Re: Should I restore my 4001
 Post Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 5:49 pm 
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Thanks Very much Mr Jangle

I'll have a good scour round London and wait for more replies on here. Obviously I'd prefer the work to be done in the UK as I don't really want to ship the bass overseas. However, if I have no luck over here I'll probably be in touch as I have seen your work and I am mightily impressed.

Thanks again. Paul


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 Post subject: Re: Should I restore my 4001
 Post Posted: Sat May 13, 2006 6:31 am 
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Try talking to Mike Smith at 'Rics R Us' in Birmingham. Their luthier there does restorations.
Check out the website www.ricsrus.com

He may be able to help. There is an example restoration of a Rick guitar on the website.
They only deal with Ricks.


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 Post subject: Re: Should I restore my 4001
 Post Posted: Fri May 19, 2006 2:36 am 
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Hey, Deffer, I can rewind your 'dead' pickup. For free. Interested?


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 Post subject: Re: Should I restore my 4001
 Post Posted: Sat May 20, 2006 12:34 am 
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Crazyrick feel free to email me.

Thank you very much


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 Post subject: Re: Should I restore my 4001
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This is typical work for both Dale and me,
Paul,your butchering the kings English!


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 Post subject: Re: Should I restore my 4001
 Post Posted: Sat May 20, 2006 5:47 am 
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Deffer, your e-mail address is nowhere to be found.


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 Post subject: Re: Should I restore my 4001
 Post Posted: Sat May 20, 2006 10:15 am 
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Objective case, Ken...I think. It's been a long time since 2nd grade English grammar and I know a lot of folks say "X and I" but "I" is subjective, and...Oh, I'm confused. Too many lacquer thinner fumes, me guess.

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