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 Post subject: 620 Crested Wave shape
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:27 am 

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Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Hello, I am the proud owner of a 2013 Jetglo 620! I absolutely LOVE it! Not only does it play well, but it is a true work of art.

I have a picture of Petty's "Damn the Torpedoes" on my wall and I noticed that the shape of the crested wave is slightly different. My wave is more rounded than his. His has a flatter edge right where the strap nut is. I did some looking and I have found other examples of this (see attached pic, the jetglo has the flatter edge and the mapleglo is rounded like mine). Is there a reason for this? Is it based on a model year or a particular luthier? I'm just curious.

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 Post subject: Re: 620 Crested Wave shape
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:58 pm 

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IMO, the 620 is the most beautiful solidbody guitar ever made. I was recently going through some old pictures on my computer and came across the pictures I took of my '13 Ruby 620 / 6 and my heart just began to pound....then I get to go play the actual guitar.

 Post subject: Re: 620 Crested Wave shape
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:12 pm 
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Location: Chicagoland
Congrats on the 620. A bit underrated, but great guitars.

A thread on the changes here: ... 1&t=408669

 Post subject: Re: 620 Crested Wave shape
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:29 am 
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Location: Hamilton Ontario Canada
I too love my 620s! I do prefer the earlier ones with the smaller headstocks - my first RIC was an April 82 JG 620... So that became my normal.

My most recent one is a 2002 620VB in Burgundy (one of my favorite finishes and very rare on 620s from 1967-1984). Thankfully RIC made a number of 600 series instruments during the COY run in 2002/2003. I think the 660s look great in that finish too if you can find one.

My most recent acquisition is a Nov 67 Fg 625. The first 625 instruments date from Jan 1962, so that means mine is just of the cusp of being made in the first 5 years the instrument was available. I was surprised at how thin the neck was compared to my other 620s, also how much smaller the heel is (that bit of wood that sticks out where the neck joins the body)... The Fireglo too is much more orangery then modern Fireglo - likely due to the ambering of the clearcoat.

Mike Campbell's 12 string was one of the earliest prototypes... ... hp?id=7478

For some reason (that perhaps John Hall can explain) the 450 12 became the solid body production model 12 string. But a handful were made pre 1980 as special orders..
(this one was made in November 1964 for example.) ... lebrity%3D

When the DAMN THE TORPEDOES album came out in October 1979 - Rickenbacker must have got a number of inquiries of folks wanting the exact same 12 string guitar. They became regular production models in 1980 and have been in the line up ever since. (Earliest examples seem to be from Jan 1980 (TA)). My first 620 12 was TF2140 from June. And my current one is TK4610 from November.

I love the changes over the years. I find it fascinating to mark the changes. :mrgreen:

Brian Morton
A Rickenbacker Fan in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
67 FG 625
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

Amps -
78 TR7
83 TR25

 Post subject: Re: 620 Crested Wave shape
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:25 pm 

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Have you ever been to the ocean? Every wave crests differently. Seriously, they have templates, but they used to be hand-sawn and finished. There is inevitably going to be minor variations. This is preferable. Vive la difference!

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