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Well, TBH this is a bit late. I have been away for a few days. I actually got this over a week back.

Its a Ric 650D (Dakota). I already have a 650C (Colorado) so it was a strange choice for me. I would have choosen a Dakota or Seirra originally but they've been out of production for many years.

Lucky for me, no-one famous uses these guitars so that keeps them under the radar and prices a little lower. Also luckily for me, the seller, a nice guy from Ireland, was a collector of 650s and had owned 5 different models. He still has a 650E/F Frisco left I think.

 The Dakota is 10 years old, and in unused condition. So you might say the former owner was a 'steward' of sorts. It arrived very cold & I needed to drop out the output jack & clean up the contacts for it to work properly. A few frets are also flat, as if leveled but not crowned. I will investigate further when I change the strings and do the remedial work (I've done full fret levels + crown & polish on both my Tele and Les Paul now). 

 

It feels surprisingly different to the Colorado, being lighter and the neck feels less 'full' in the hands. Its also a natural oiled finish all over. By contrast the Colorado is completely encased in lacquer. 

The body (wings) are walnut. I think the Colorado is maple in its entirety which accounts for the weight differential. The only other differences is a one piece through neck instead of a two piece.

 

Its raining today, so all indoor pics.

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I included the close up of the Schaller bridge to show the string spacing adjustment feature. The roller saddles are on individual threaded splines. This permits each string position to be adjusted. The screw at the bottom is to lock the saddles tight (nothing to do with a trem) together. I recently bought one of these bridges for another project next year.

Most people find the 1 3/4" neck width too wide, but I love a broad playing surface & it suits me well. Pickups are mini HBs, as full size ones would cut too deeply into the through-neck (the same thinking that went into the Gibson Firebird minis). They sound nothing like the jangley toaster pickups on other models. These sound similar to single coils.

I've done a quick temporary set up by slightly tightening the two truss rods. Plays just fine. Sounds sweet.

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Congrats - very nice too, looks....mint [smile]

And 24 frets!

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I love it.  I love them.  I hate their necks.  I have never owned one.  I have always wished I did.  Enjoy that thing!

rct

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I noticed the roller saddles, but didn't get the adjustability until you mentioned it. That's a cool feature if you find you need it.

Purdy fiddle.

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Beautiful Ric 620! The walnut looks amazing!

I own a Ric 620 in Fireglo & love that guitar.

Been looking at the Ric walnut 360's that came out a couple years ago. The wood contrasts really stand out, as in your guitar.

Congratulations!!

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Really cool looking guitar.  I never owned or played a Ric so know nothing about them, but seems to have nice features, and in mint condition for 10 year old.  Love the natural finish!   Congrats and enjoy 👍

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I had to add these...

There are only a few YT demos of the 650, and none are much good. But I came across this funny and charming one from Ellen (Fanny's of the Week). 

Also included is a uke review I thought was superb!

 

 

uke demo: does it float?

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ38e-bEBAMi4ADeAa9S64w

 

 

 

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