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 Post subject: New Guitar
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 4:56 am 
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Hello I'm new here and I'm going to be buying a new guitar next year. Now this guitar I wanted to use as a backup guitar. The guitar that I have is this a Gretsch 6128TEE Duo Jet. Now I want to make the new guitar as my main guitar and the Gretsch as my backup. I have been looking at two different guitars a Rickenbacker 350V63 or a 360 color would be the last thing I look at. The other guitar is a reissue Vox TearDrop or Phantom. My amp is a reissue Vox AC-30TBX and I have a Vox floor display for peadles. The sound that I like is the 60's Beatles,Byrds and BeachBoys. One of my favorits is Carl Perkins you don't here that sound today. Would the Rickenbacker or the Vox give me the sound that I'm looking for. As my all time favorite guitar its the 350V63 like JL played in AHDN. I know JL played a 325 but since 1964 that been the guitar for me. So can the people here give help me with this.
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Lou D


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 Post subject: Re: New Guitar
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 7:03 am 
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Does your Duo jet have DynaSonic™ single-coil pickups or High Sensitive Filtertron™ humbucking pickups?

I always like to have guitars that compliment each other. . . so I would go with a guitar that sounds different than what you currently play. I’ve my Duo jet had DynaSonics in it I would go for a Ric 620. If the Duo Jet has Humbuckers I would get the 660 with the toaster.

BTW. . . the Ric/Gretsch combo is stellar, especially going through your Vox.

Ted


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 Post subject: Re: New Guitar
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:58 am 
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360 Lou!

You'll have the best of both worlds. What a set-up!


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 Post subject: Re: New Guitar
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 9:01 am 
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Ted,
My guitar has the Filertrons its also Pre Fender and its very easy to play. I bought the guitar about two years ago. A friend had one and he let me use his and I liked it so I bought one. The color isBlack. In the past I have played Steinberger, PRS,Fender custom shop Tele and in 1988 I had a 360 Rickenbacker. So you could say its been a while since I played a Rickenbacker. One of our local music that stock Ricks had a 360 in Jetglow and a 330 in Fireglow so I stoped in and played each guitar and the 360 felt good and the 330 neck felt like a baseball neck very chunky. Now maybe the 360 was setup and the 330 was not. I'm doing some work with Jay Traynor original lead singer of (Jay and the Americans). Next year we will be on PBS from the show we did last July in Wildwood NJ. Getting back to the guitar I would like to try the 350V63 when the music store get one in and its setup. I would bring my amp so then I would get to hear what the guitar sound like. What Rickenbackers do you have?
Lou D


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 Post subject: Re: New Guitar
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 10:15 am 
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Just got my 1997 mapleglo 350V63 as a playmate for my fireglo 660/6 a couple of days ago, what a guitar! I can't recommend it enough!

Although my preference is to use the 350V63 for electric blues, funk and even hard rock, in which it excels, getting a great 'Malcolm Young' tone with an OD-1 or TS-9, the clean sounds are to die for, plenty of jangle and top end for telecaster like chicken-picking, and round crisp tones for open chords and arpeggios. The toaster pups on mine are the older 12k's which are a little louder than the 7.4k's supplied on all Ricks now, either sound fantastic and are the best pups Ric make in my opinion.

Also, the 350V63 is more compact, light as a feather, has better string spacing on it's unbound neck which has 21 frets giving more f/board space for runs. It is still a semi acoustic design like the 360 with surprising resonance unplugged, handles feedback at volume better and looks even more like pure sex than it's bigger sister!

I've only had it for two days but I'm taking it to play a gig tonight, thats how confident and happy I am about my 350. In the near future I will write a review for Harmony Central and post it here on the forum as well.

The hardest part is finding one, if you like Jetglo, you are in luck as I have seen a few, and there is one in Montezuma Brown out there as well, like all Ricks they are relatively rare.

Cheers, Kez


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 Post subject: Re: New Guitar
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 4:20 pm 
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I've only had it for two days but I'm taking it to play a gig tonight, thats how confident and happy I am about my 350.


Just back from the gig, the 350v63 kicked @$$ and took no prisoners, from slow blues to all out ballsy rock this guitar did it all tonight, and as for lead playing it had the usual Stratocaster and Les Paul heads (lots of musos at this venue) walking around with their jaws dropping and a scared look in their eyes, I'll post some pics later...

350V63 - Don't leave home without it!

Cheers, Kez





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 Post subject: Re: New Guitar
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 5:46 pm 
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Kez, did you have the 350V63 setup before your show
and what amp are you playing thru. To me the sound of
a Rickenbacker thru a Vox AC-30TBX can't be beat! The
people at Rickenbacker put out some of the best guitars
ever made. I'll say this where I live not to many people
play Rickenbackers or Gretsch. I don't know why that is
but I'm different years ago I went into a local music
store they had a used 350 Rick and a Vox AC-30 with
the green speakers and I pluged in that was the first
and only time that I got the sound that I heard in my
head. Even to this day I haven't been able to get that
sound. Now the 350 had the High Gain pickups was that
the difference I don't know. On your 350V63 why did you
pick Mapleglow and what strings do you use. The more that
I think about it the Rick would be a better way to go. They
have a sound and I love the sound of the Byrds.
Lou D


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 Post subject: Re: New Guitar
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 9:29 pm 
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Lou,

As far as Rickenbacker guitars go. . .

I own a 660 six string and a '78 4001 bass (Both in Jetglow). I love this guitar. It has a very wide neck but I'm really a bass player who writes mostly on guitar and I play some guitar when we go into the studio. I own two Gretsch Duo jets as well. Both the Gretsch's have TV Jones pickups in them. One has Magna'Tron's and one has Super'Tron PU's. I play guitar through a Vox AC30. I'm a pretty heavy handed rhythm player and cannot get a hollow body Ric to stay in tune for more than one or two songs so I stick to slightly chambered body guitars like the Duo jets or solid bodies.
I also play a SG with P90s in it and an American Tele with a P90 in the neck PU. The only Humbucking PU I care for are Gretsch/TV Jones. I have a Billy-Bo Jupiter on order. I'm a huge Bo Diddley fan. I'm also strictly a rhythm player so all my guitars are strung with 10's for my Bo Diddley style power rhythm : )

Ted


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 Post subject: Re: New Guitar
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:32 pm 
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Lou350,

I'm glad that you are using yor little 350 and having a ball playing live with it! I used my little 325 "B" (very similar to Lennon's Ed Sullivan model) some 20 years ago for playing C&W lead guitar in smokey bars back in my undergrad days at LSU!
The "Tele or nuthin' " crowd of yay-hoos didn't know quite what to make of a little Rickenbacker doin equal time with an old Epiphone Casino for C&W! LOL. Rickenbackers look and sound different and that's a healthy thing. Too many musicians and listeners seem to be of the opinion that if it "ain't a Tele/LP/Strat, it ain't no good". Tell that to the Beatles!

Eggman


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 Post subject: Re: New Guitar
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:35 pm 
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Ted,
I'm the same I play rhythm also not that good on
leads. I still have the stock pickups on my Gretsch
and they sound fine thru my AC-30TBX. I will get around
to putting TV's in I hope next year. The 350V63 is my
all time favorite body style just have to save a litle
more money. With the new color I'm wondering what the
350V63 will look like. I keep checking web sights for
Rickenbackers. I did see a 360 NOS from 1987 in Fireglow
and another place has a 350V63 also in Fireglow. I don't
know if there sold. I'll keep looking till I find the
one that I want.
Lou D


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