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Throw that piece of firewood where it belongs and get yourself a Rickenbacker!


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Sorry, I was just kidding. When my wife came back from Italy she was wild about red wine vinegars. (Vinegar that was made from wine.)


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Maple will last hundreds and hundreds of years... so theoretically a Rickenbacker will last that amount of years too - unless you leave it on the ground in a moistured forrest :D

But... then there's the construction thing - and what you do to your guitar during these all those years.

Modern glues like yellow glue probably won't last as long a hot hide glue (furnitures found in closed airtight cavities in Cheops has lasted more than 6,000 years without the hide glue losing strength). Still, regluing lose Rick parts will do the trick.

Then there's maintenance i general. An all too dry environment will cut years of your Ricks estimated lifetime - as will extreme moisture - not to mention rapid shifts in temperature. Townshend-like behavior will also cut of the lifetime...

Anyway, a Rickenbacker is in many ways build like a violin - and some of the finest, miost expensive, and still going strong - were made in Italy 500 years or more ago...

So... I think with a little care and no accidents most guitar players will live significantly shorter than their Rickenbackers. History already have given us a lots of examples.


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This could get quite philosophical... do we actually really ever own our rics? or are we mere custodians of them for the next playing generation? :ugeek: :lol:


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