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New Rickenbacker 325 to go with J45


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I know it's not Gibson related and I have posted a few things in the past about my beloved J45 but thought I'd brag and boast about a dream realised - my new Ric 325 C64 Miami Jetglo. I know there are are a few Beatles nuts on here and just wanted to share my joy! Traded in the not so old 330 when I discovered my local dealer had one of these in and couldn't resist it. We don't see many of these in the U.K and this was bagged at a great price. For a Beatles-Lennon obsessed rhythm player with small fingers this is as far as I go with electric guitars.

Right ...I'm off to play along with A Hard Day's Night album (half on the RIC and half on J45 - all through VOX). Happy weekend to all! \:D/

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Congrats. Rics are just grogeous instruments.

 

Rics are one of those guitars I think I should get but I don't. They are well built and some of the best looking guitars on the planet with their own sound. And I guess that is the problem. I did own one a long time back - it was one of those convertible models with the claw that came down and knocked down six strings so you could play it as a 6 or 12 string. I just could not figure out what to do with it.

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I love my Ric 330 to bits...

 

Having seen Pete Townsend, Paul Weller, George Harrison wielding said instrument

 

I particularly like the S/C pickups which IMO lend an interesting sparkle to a semi

 

And yes, they are beautifully built...having resisted the temptation to 'go oriental' like many mfgs do to shift volume product....

 

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Cheers folks. Yeah i loved my 330 as well but this is a different beast altogether. 3/4 scale neck with 12 gauge round wounds (a wound 3rd). Its got a great chunky spanky sound and those trebles sure ring out. Not to everyones taste because of the shortscale neck. I was literally shaking in the shop as i tried it out (sad - i know). Lost only £100 on the price originally paid for the 330 4 years ago. Got my j45 and my d28 and never know which one to pick up. J160e will be final purchase if i win lottery.

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Congrats - I'm sure 325 model Rickenbackers aren't easy to come by in the UK.

 

I own a 325V59 model from 1989 with the Lennon style modifications. Try some .13 flatwounds (such as Thomastik Enfeld Jazz Flats) on your guitar sometime, rather than the .12 roundwounds. I think you'll like 'em.

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Happy new Guitar day to you!!!

 

I just love to play the Ric's. The feel, sound, look. Love it all. USA made (not sorry, I like that).

 

I have found when I play my "toy Guitar" (what my wife calls my 325c64 JG) that it takes me about 2-3 songs before I can warm up to the short neck. After that, just love it all over again. NOTHING sounds like that guitar to me anyway. Just makes me smile when I get it out. Between The Beatles & old CCR music I'm in Ric Heaven. I love the 330FG too. Sounds and looks fantastic.

 

Have fun with it. If you get a J-160E make sure it's either an original or a Fuller Reissue. You won't regret that unless you hate the excellent sound amplified and the way it plays. [flapper]

 

Aster

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Thanks for all the comments. It truly is an unweildy beast of a guitar. I'm always up for trying different strings. Will defo try the 13's. Just been vamping along to with the beatles, roy orbison black and white nite, creedence and gene clark byrds. Love gene clark. Any similar minds should check out 'gypsy rider' from 'so rebellious a lover' album. Capo 4th then am, g, em, dm. F, c. You'll get the hang of it thereafter. Great song and a well-missed talent. I love gene clark!

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Congrats on your 325! [biggrin]

 

My '80 Rick 320JG is a prized possession. My wife bought it from my brother in law for my 50th birthday. My bro-in-law was in a Beatles cover band for a while. The 320 is identical to the 325 but without the vibrato. It is a very tiny guitar, actually 3/4 size. You have to put .13's on it in order to maintain any kind of tension. I had THREE Ricks at one time; the 320, a 360/12FG and my 4003 bass. I sold the 360/12 twelve string along with my Casino to pay for my J200.

 

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