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 Post subject: Re: How long will a Rickenbacker last?
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:34 am 
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Closet queens? :shock: Well, I'm glad mine is out of the closet...

Case queens etc, yeah. you knew what I meant! :roll: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: How long will a Rickenbacker last?
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:57 am 
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steve4001 wrote:
OK, so here's a topic for you. Will a Rick still be playable after 100? 200? 300 years? Everything else seems disposable by comparison. My bass is almost 40 years old and is rock solid.



The real question: will you still be able to get guitar strings in 200 years?


I think I would be more concerned with the hardware than the wood. There's the example of stradivarius violins that just get better after hundreds of years, but they don't have to deal with rust and metal fatigue. Then there's the issue of magnets wearing outs, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: How long will a Rickenbacker last?
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:16 am 
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Kingbreaker wrote:
steve4001 wrote:
OK, so here's a topic for you. Will a Rick still be playable after 100? 200? 300 years? Everything else seems disposable by comparison. My bass is almost 40 years old and is rock solid.



The real question: will you still be able to get guitar strings in 200 years?


I think I would be more concerned with the hardware than the wood. There's the example of stradivarius violins that just get better after hundreds of years, but they don't have to deal with rust and metal fatigue. Then there's the issue of magnets wearing outs, etc.

Oh yeah, anything metal will mess up eventually (On a guitar).

My '76 L6-S has Bill Lawrence pickups that were suppose to be the hottest at that time. Now they're weaker than your average Alnico II. About on par with most modern Ric pickups, though.

Wine eventually turns to liquid muck, but there's a peak for it; pickups are the same way.


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 Post subject: Re: How long will a Rickenbacker last?
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:40 pm 
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Ain'tGotNoPokemon wrote:
Wine eventually turns to liquid muck, but there's a peak for it; pickups are the same way.


You mean vinegar? :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: How long will a Rickenbacker last?
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:33 pm 
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Ain'tGotNoPokemon wrote:
Wine eventually turns to liquid muck, but there's a peak for it; pickups are the same way.


You mean vinegar? :lol:

No, I mean wine. Wines, and Champagnes, eventually "peak" in their flavor, and then dwindle to crap.


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 Post subject: Re: How long will a Rickenbacker last?
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:27 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: How long will a Rickenbacker last?
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:30 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: How long will a Rickenbacker last?
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:27 am 
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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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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:

Maybe Pete Townshend was thinking the same thing and wanted to prove that he owned 'em...
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 Post subject: Re: How long will a Rickenbacker last?
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Frankenbacker wrote:
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:

Hey, there's the comparison again... You only rent wine. :lol:


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