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 Post subject: 380, why discontinue?
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 1:11 am 
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Please excuse me if this is an old topic, but I'm curious.

When looking at the "all guitars" under Models, I saw the 380 and thought it was an absolutely beautiful thing. Then I noticed it was discontinued. I'm wondering why. Was it not a good seller or something?

Does anyone out there have one? If so, what do you think of it? The specs and photo lead one to believe it had a lot going for it.

Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: 380, why discontinue?
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:16 am 
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My guess would be sales, or the lack thereof.

I've never heard anything about any problems with the quality.


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 Post subject: Re: 380, why discontinue?
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:20 am 
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Hi Nightsky,

I think this thread popped up when they were discontinued. I believe the folks at RIC said they were not selling well and the parts for the acoustic pickup were not available anymore. This combination led to their demise.

I have two, one with the Piezo option and one with just the humbuckers. They look, play and sound great, especially the amazing variety of sounds and tones you can get from the Piezo. The neck is pretty much the same as the 650 and addresses the "thin neck issue" that folks bring up about Rics sometimes.

I like to buy and sell RICs and there are only a couple untouchables that I own, but the 380PL has a place in my house for life.

There is a 12-string similar to this that was made especially for the RCA company by RIC that is also a fantastic looking guitar. If you stumble on to one of those, grab it. Very hard to come by.

I think you are not alone is wondering why such a nicely designed and unique RIC didn't catch on. Maybe Pete T. has to break a couple first. Perhaps people want to have their first RIC be one of the more indentifiable ones, like a 360 FG or a 12-string. Thus, the 380 became a third RIC to buy after you already had your better known 6 and 12 models. Hard to tell. They're popular with me.

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 Post subject: Re: 380, why discontinue?
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:35 am 
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I was lucky and found one that Mike Parks had on order that wasn't reserved, I put a deposit on it that same day, hopefully I'll get it soon. To me it's the perfect guitar.


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 Post subject: Re: 380, why discontinue?
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:38 am 
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Before I bought my 350V63 I looked at the 380
in the catalog. Our local Rick dealer didn't
have any in stock. I asked if he was going to
get one in and he said no. I would have liked
to give one a try because they look like great
guitars. Also with the bigger neck it looks like
an easy guitar to play.
Lou D


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