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 Post subject: Missing 3rd Fret Marker?
 Post Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 3:00 am 
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Hoping Mr. Hall could chime in with a bit of history here.

Why do the early 325s (Capris?) have a missing third fret marker. I don't think I have ever seen any other guitar with this specific difference. No double dot at the octave either?

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 Post subject: Re: Missing 3rd Fret Marker?
 Post Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 10:19 am 
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Actually, the third fret marker you're talking about is not "missing." It's just a holdover from an older style of placing fret markers as was common on a lot of guitars of various makes in the early 20th century, including Martin.

Another variation on this theme put a single marker at the 5th fret, a double at the 7th fret, occasionally a single at the 9th fret and a triple at the octave.


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 Post subject: Re: Missing 3rd Fret Marker?
 Post Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 10:25 am 
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Thank you for the reply.

I don't ever remember seeing a Martin or any other guitar without the dot on the third fret.

I'm no guitar expert, though.

I love my c58mg though and find it one more interesting thing I drool over when I play her.

I hope Mr. Hall can add something along the history of this missing dot.


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 Post subject: Re: Missing 3rd Fret Marker?
 Post Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 10:51 am 
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Another variation on this theme put a single marker at the 5th fret, a double at the 7th fret, occasionally a single at the 9th fret and a triple at the octave.


Probably just a design feature to add to the guitar's personality. My old Ric does have a single dot at the 3rd fret as well as double-dots at the 5th and 17th frets and triple-dots at the octave. Actually my guitar is pretty "dot-happy". There must've been a 'dot sale' down the block somewhere.


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 Post subject: Re: Missing 3rd Fret Marker?
 Post Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 11:53 am 
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While the Rickenbacker models 310-325 and model 1996 feature just 5 frets with a single dot on the fingerboard, some early Rickenbacker guitars including the Combo Series, have 8 frets with 12 dots displayed on the fingerboard.

Check out the Dot-O-Rama on the Combo Series.

http://www.rickenbacker.com/catalog_pos ... cf57-3.jpg


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 Post subject: Re: Missing 3rd Fret Marker?
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Over the years, I've seen many guitars both ways - Those with and without a third fret marker. I guess some guitar makers figure you ought to be able to count to at least four.


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 Post subject: Re: Missing 3rd Fret Marker?
 Post Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 2:47 am 
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Check out the Dot-O-Rama on the Combo Series.


Yep, that's my baby. Well, the neck anyway... the rest is a Capri. Maybe I'll call her Dottie.

- Gary


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