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 Post subject: 650S v/s 660: Which to buy
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:52 am 
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Hello Forum members,

I'm in the process of trying to get my first Rickenbacker guitar and am torn between the options available - a 650S from the 90s and a 660 -6 that is a few years old but in really good condition. I've played the bass and the guitar for many years and gone through the usual brands and models but am now finally ready to commit to a Rick-O!

Are there any specific differences that could help me decide between the two (outside of price)? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

And I promise to come back on with pics and stories!


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 Post subject: Re: 650S v/s 660: Which to buy
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 3:32 pm 
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My vote would be the 660... But it is down to personal taste. The 660 has a more "vintage" vibe with the toaster Pick ups and the kluson style tuners... These are desirable features to me.

Try them both and see what you prefer.

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 Post subject: Re: 650S v/s 660: Which to buy
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:51 pm 
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Thank you for the comment, Ontario_Ric_Fan.

On the forum, I've read many members say that the 650 is a pretty versatile guitar suitable for playing different genres of music. Would you put the 660 in the same category (given the toasters', etc.)?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: 650S v/s 660: Which to buy
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:50 pm 
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I'll give you my 2 cents. I have a 660, a 620, and a 650C. I haven't played a 650S or 650D with the 'bare' oiled necks. I played a 360W very briefly at a guitar show last month (I was out of time, but had to stop and check it out) and my first impression was that the oiled neck didn't really do it for me - which surprised me. It may have been that particular guitar or I may have needed to spend a little more time with it. Maybe I've just gotten too used to the finished necks and fretboards. Lots of people love the oiled necks, though.

The point being that the 660 and 650S will feel quite a bit different and you may have a distinct preference. The bare neck and fretboard on the 650S should be a little "faster" than that of the 660. Something to consider there with regard to playing styles/genres. Unfortunately, aptitude slows me down more than the finished fretboards do. ;)

I find the humbuckers a little more versatile than the toasters in terms of range of distortion. To me, the toasters seem to get a little 'nasally' if you push too much distortion, but they're amazing for running clean to a little overdrive. I find hi-gains to be the most versatile of the three types, though. You could easily swap hi-gains into either of the guitars if you wanted to go that way.

The 650 will have more sustain than the 660 due to the differences in the bridges.

So, there's some information without getting to a recommendation. My recommendation would be to spend some time playing with both of them, if possible, and see what you like. I'd suggest that you focus on feel/vibe - what strikes you. You can swap out the pickups if you like one guitar better, but the sound of the pickups in the other better - or go with hi-gains.

Personally, I find myself playing the 620 and 660 more than the 650C, but it really all comes down to personal preferences. They're all very cool guitars.


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 Post subject: Re: 650S v/s 660: Which to buy
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:49 pm 
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Ric5150 and Ontario_RIC_fan - Thank you both for your most valued advice.

I got the 660 - Pics to come real soon. Just loved the feel of the guitar. Absolutely in love with the sound too although I can see where more versatile pickups might help with some genres.

Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: 650S v/s 660: Which to buy
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:57 am 
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Happy to help!

When was it made? What finish is it? What do you think about the wider neck?

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74 JG 4000
76 JG 430
77 JG 620
77 JG 320
79 JG 4001
80 FG 620/12
81 BG 480
91 JG 610
02 BG 620

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 Post subject: Re: 650S v/s 660: Which to buy
 Post Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:08 pm 
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Congratulations. Happy to help. The semi-hollows get all the glory, but the 600s are very cool guitars.

Not sure what Ricks are available for you to 'test drive', but if possible, consider checking out one with hi-gains. If you're looking for versatility, you'll probably like them. They don't quite hit the chime-y cleans of toasters, but they're pretty close and will run up to full-on distortion very nicely, with great clarity -- as long as you don't mind a little single-coil hum.

... or leave the toasters in and buy a 620, or another 660 or a 650 for the hi-gains. :) Not a lot of single-Rickenbacker owners hanging out around here, and we can be bad influences....


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 Post subject: Re: 650S v/s 660: Which to buy
 Post Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:37 pm 
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Ric5150 wrote:
I played a 360W very briefly at a guitar show last month and my first impression was that the oiled neck didn't really do it for me - which surprised me.


For the record, I played with another 360W for a while today and the experience was much more positive. I can't imagine the neck was that much different than the other one, so likely just my response that day after a quick spin. Very smooth and seemed much more comfortable today. Didn't come home with me, though, but the 360c63 SPC did. :D


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