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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker quality
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:53 am 
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Dont think that the mapleglo.... not having the extra layer of paint on the neck would be less stable to enviromental changes like humidity??


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker quality
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:17 am 
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Even one coat would be enough to fully seal it from humidity so Maple is just as stable as any other color. Also, the color coat is the thinnest coat of them all.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker quality
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Well they sure don't make the choice to easy, when they all look so ding dong good. I'm just kinda' still in shock I've had my 4003 MG about a month now. I can see how Rics' can be habit forming.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker quality
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Thanks John!


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker quality
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So yellowing of the binding stopped around which year?


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker quality
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jav wrote:
So yellowing of the binding stopped around which year?


The binding has never yellowed. It's the clear coat over it that does. It's also what gives the lovely "patina" that people look for in vintage instruments and of course we actually had to add amber in recent years when we offered Amber Fireglo.

For the last 10 years or so, clear coating makers have been adding UV inhibitors which do a reasonable job of slowing yellowing but a certain amount comes from environmental factors which is out of their control.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker quality
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So, how about the new UV cured polyester clear coat? Any idea on whether it will eventually get that vintage patina?


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker quality
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JohnHall wrote:
a certain amount comes from environmental factors


Hm, interesting! Such as?


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker quality
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Smoking, sulphur sources such as oil burning furnaces, and unapproved foam case linings or noise control foam , to name some common ones.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker quality
 Post Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:05 pm 
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I ´ve got a new 4004 Cheyenne with a rattling second Fret (A) of the G-String. Everything else is OK, but this is the fly in the ointment. The whole Fretboard from first to the fifth Fret is a bit beside the usual quality.
I raised the string position so it went a little better but now it´s not optimal to play as I want to. I must say that this was different from the quality of my 4003 and my 330.


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