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1957 Rick Combo
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Author:  DaleFortune [ Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:59 am ]
Post subject:  1957 Rick Combo

This is a restoration for a fellow back in Carolina who bought this guitar a very long time ago and it had seen some changes over the years, so it was sent to me to have a full 1957 restoration done. 1st pix are of Jim in the early 60's as a young Rocker playing this guitar. Then a couple of the Combo when it arrived at my shop. Oh the things we do when we are young. The Combo was painted white, then striped to bare wood and spray painted Black. To restore this I had to get the black enamel out of the Alder grain by using wood bleach and sanding. A new gold anodized pick guard was made and a new white styrene back plate was also made. The pickup covers were sent out to the chrome shop for triple plating, they turned out awesome. The guitar was finished in black nitrocellulous lacquer and the neck thru body was done in a vintage amber lacquer. It now looks as new and sounds and plays great.
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Author:  RICandVOX [ Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:25 am ]
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Dale...you are able to provide the "fountain of youth" for Rickenbacker guitars. Your restoration work on the 49 year old Combo has, in effect, taken the guitar on a trip back in time, to 1957.

The "Twilight Zone" part of this is the owner will also enjoy a trip back in time when he plays the guitar. When he sent you the guitar he was so much older then, but he's younger than that now.

Author:  JohnWilliams [ Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:19 pm ]
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Dale, nice job! I own two '57 Combo 450s with the same "transitional" body style. I've only seen about 5 of these now. Very cool.

Author:  studiotwosession [ Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:51 pm ]
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Author:  JohnSimmons [ Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:03 pm ]
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Great job Dale, and a fantastic guitar too. That's a cool 450 for sure.

Author:  atremain [ Sun Jul 09, 2006 11:52 pm ]
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Awesome Dale! Looks great!

Author:  UKDK [ Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:28 am ]
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Actually that looks quite good...
I wonder how it plays?


Author:  jimw [ Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:54 am ]
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All I can say right now is WOW! and THANK YOU ! So every one else understands, I'm the one who hung onto this Guitar for Forty Years, I always knew that someday, I would be able to return it to former glory. I just didn't know how. That is until I met Dale on this forum. I can't tell you how happy I am to have found a truly talented Luthier, a Rickenbacker Enthusiast and a really great guy. I can't wait to see my guitar in person and plug it in for a trip back to the days of Loui-Loui or Inogadadivida. I think RIKandVOX is right, I already feel 10 years younger just seeing the pictures. When I play it I'm sure to start my second childhood. Anyone know where I can find a paisly shirt?

Author:  aitch [ Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:56 am ]
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Lovely work, Dale. Can you do that with humans? I think I need a bit of restoration work also! :)

Author:  kenswear [ Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:35 am ]
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Howard, it might be too late for us.

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