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 Post subject: New Smell??
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 12:19 am 
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I just received my third Ricky the other day. I was fortunate enough to accuire a DMC 360 and after giving it a couple of days to get aquainted, it's a beauty. However there does seem to be an unpleasent oder. Now my first two Rickenbacker's (325 MG & 620) I bought right off the rack at the store so I am sure they were there for a while.
How long should I expect the new smell to last? Not sure if it is glue or lacquer, but it is quite strong.


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 Post subject: Re: New Smell??
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:18 am 
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Wow! I didn't realize that this was such a tuff one. I was almost certain that there would have been someone who received a guitar from the factory that would know what I was talking about and what to expect. I would hate to think that this was peculiar to mine alone. Oh well, I guess I will eventually find out for my self. Peace!


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 Post subject: Re: New Smell??
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:47 am 
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Is it the case or guitar? SKB cases have a distinct smell that is from the glue. They may be using a different glue now but you can go to a store that sells SKB cases and see if it is the same smell.


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 Post subject: Re: New Smell??
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 3:16 am 
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If it is indeed the case then they should stop using that application promptly. My guitar has been freestanding for three days now and is still pretty pungent. A product as nice as a Rickenbacker deserves only the best.


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 Post subject: Re: New Smell??
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:22 am 
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The odor is characteristic of the chemicals that make up the color, not the case.

There was a reformulation in the middle of the run which reduced this quite a bit.

I personally don't care for it but the first guitar to be painted with this finish travelled with the Jefferson Starship for a month or so. The guys all took turns enjoying the smell coming off this guitar!

It does go away after about a month.


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 Post subject: Re: New Smell??
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:48 am 
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My 650C JG still smells like vanilla or something similar after over a year (came with an original RIC case) ;) not that I mind really. It's quite a sweet smell. I haven't used it that much so far so I guess it has something to do with it.


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 Post subject: Re: New Smell??
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 10:41 am 
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I must warn all of you that sniffing a Model 360 is a felony in several southern states....


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 Post subject: Re: New Smell??
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 11:19 am 
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Use Zymol on it! I find the smell rather pleasant.


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 Post subject: Re: New Smell??
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 7:04 pm 
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I thought this came up before & the smell was attributed to the case. I,personally,like the smell & lomg may it last.


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 Post subject: Re: New Smell??
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It HAS come up before and generally it IS the case, but he specifically mentioned the DCM. These have a fairly strong smell on their own for a period of time.

All of the instruments do to some extent, a combination of the finish and polishing compounds but the DCM is quite distinctive.


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