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 Post subject: Bridge Buzz on 2014 Model 1996?
 Post Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:29 pm 
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Hi All,

I just got my hands on one of the 2014 limited run Fireglo Model 1996 (325), and I've noticed the strings buzzing coming out of the bridge. The bridge saddles are "round/roller" type, rather than slotted like they are on my 1992 John Lennon Signature 325, which does not have any buzzing problem. In all other aspects the guitar is flawless "out of the box"....any ideas? Might it be wise to replace the bridge with the slotted type?
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Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Bridge Buzz on 2014 Model 1996?
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:32 am 
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Hi Jim,

with my 350V63 ( 1996 ) I have the same prob / sound like you. Your 325/1996 is build with the accent tremolo? I changed the trapez to the accent and since that time I notice the buzzing too.
I tried to change the bridge before putting the accent, but buzzing too.

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 Post subject: Re: Bridge Buzz on 2014 Model 1996?
 Post Posted: Sat May 02, 2015 2:05 pm 
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Hi Claus (and everyone else) -

I spoke with a Rickenbacker technician last week about the problem and he informed me that basically the only way to get rid of the problem of the strings buzzing out of the bridge was to install one of their standard 6-string saddle bridges. The old roller style bridges are the problem, but the guitars are shipped with them for "sake of authenticity".

So, I bought the new saddle bridge for it and had my friend David Neely (www.neelyguitars.com) install it. I picked it up from him today, and the problem is resolved with the new saddle bridge - no more string buzzing.

Claus - yes, it has the Ac'cent tremolo installed.

I am a bit peeved, however, that I had to spend extra money for a new bridge and its installation to cure the problem. IMHO, the guitars should be packaged with a standard bridge as well as the roller one on the guitar.

Now that it is as it should be, the guitar is truly excellent! :)
Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Bridge Buzz on 2014 Model 1996?
 Post Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 12:53 am 
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Hi Jim,

thanks a lot for your extensively answer and congratulation to the " new sound " without buzzing. :D
Would you please show me a photo of this new saddle bridge replaced on your Ric?
Btw... great site by David! Thanks.

And is your new bridge like this one offered on ebay from GB?
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Genuine-Rickenbacker-6-Saddle-Bridge-/291059713831?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item43c482c727

This one is build-in my Ric:

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It's really difficult to get spare parts in germany.
Happy weekend and I'm looking forward to hear ..äähm read from you. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bridge Buzz on 2014 Model 1996?
 Post Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:15 am 
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Hi Jim,

or is it this saddle bridge No. 00811 ( 00814? ) on the RIC-site?
http://www.rickenbacker.com/pdfs/gbridge.pdf

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 Post subject: Re: Bridge Buzz on 2014 Model 1996?
 Post Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 7:21 am 
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Hi Claus (and everyone else),

Yes, the bridge is part #00811, directly from RIC (along with the bridge cover, part #00826). I guess the one on eBay would work, but I don't have it, so I can't say for sure....best bet would be to order directly from RIC (If you can do that from Germany?)
Happy Weekend back to you,
Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Bridge Buzz on 2014 Model 1996?
 Post Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 6:15 pm 
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Well, I recently had a 40 year veteran luthier take a look at my 2008 model 1996 (352). He said the string break angle over the bridge was not enough. Part of this is due to it having a neck with a bit too much pitch in relation to the body and another part is the angle that the strings take from the accent vibrato. Bad design!? Add to that the fact that a short scale makes for lower string tension. (I'm using compressed 12s.) You end up with bridge and fret buzz. The only solution to make it playable was to raise the bridge to add a bit more break angle and to add some relief in the neck. So, now there's only a small amount of bridge and fret buzz BUT the action is now medium. A Bigsby bridge would help to increase the break angle but I'm not going to hack this guitar up...


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 Post subject: Re: Bridge Buzz on 2014 Model 1996?
 Post Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 9:11 pm 
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A 2006, not 2008...


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