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 Post subject: Vintage TRC's vs new ones
 Post Posted: Tue May 16, 2006 2:39 am 
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I've often wondered why Rickenbacker stopped making the TRC's like they used to with the clear acrylic and the name and white color on the back like the 60's and early 70's style, and went to the molded plastic ones available now? Was it cost mainly, or ease of manufacture reasons? I think the old ones look better personally.

If someone wanted something vintage correct, they wouldn't be able to get one and would have to go with the new style ones. It can't be that hard for Rickenbacker to make them like the older ones, and you could even use vinyl labels on the back of a clear piece of acrylic to make a reasonable facsimile that wouldn't cost too much. I'm sure a lot of people would buy them to stay somewhat vintage correct as far as the looks go.

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage TRC's vs new ones
 Post Posted: Tue May 16, 2006 3:38 am 
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i also prefer the look of the vintage style TRC. perhaps these were too easy to duplicate and make fake ones?


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage TRC's vs new ones
 Post Posted: Tue May 16, 2006 4:10 am 
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Well, certainly John Hall would have some appropriate thoughts here.

I'll of course let the ultimate authority John speak for himself, but it may have lots to do with potential fraud and ease (or lack thereof) of bogus TRC duplication issues.

And speaking of, there is one "vintage" TRC that now appears on Ebay for sale.


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage TRC's vs new ones
 Post Posted: Tue May 16, 2006 4:21 am 
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This is one time it's great to be left handed. All left handed TRCs are vintage. And I agree they do look superior to the modern ones.


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage TRC's vs new ones
 Post Posted: Tue May 16, 2006 8:06 am 
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If someone wanted something vintage correct, they wouldn't be able to get one and would have to go with the new style ones.


If someone has a "vintage Rickenbacker TRC" they should follow the procedure to get a replacement as indicated on this website. Same thing for a "new style TRC."

Just go to the Service tab, then FAQ and then Parts for TRC replacement information. If you don't have a TRC to send in to RIC, then you'll have to search the open market for a replacement. They are available from time to time and the prices paid for them are incredible. But if you've got a Rickenbacker guitar, you gotta have THAT TRC.

Before these days of counterfeiting and TRC misuse, there was a time when you could purchase a "standard" or "vintage" nameplate from RIC without sending in your TRC.

From the January 1990 Retail Price List:
Nameplate, standard (white with black letters) $20
Nameplate, vintage (white with black letters) $25

A great investment!



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 Post subject: Re: Vintage TRC's vs new ones
 Post Posted: Tue May 16, 2006 8:43 pm 
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This info is helpful as I'm sitting down to do the paperwork on a swap right now.

GW


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage TRC's vs new ones
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 8:59 am 
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I have a TRC from a v63 that is cracked its white w/black lettering [of course] can I get a replacement in Gold w/black lettering?


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