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converting a330-12 to Rick-O-Sound

Postby (stratjim) » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:22 pm

had a 360-12 in the 80's with rick-o-sound. played thru a stereo rig and loved that sound.

recently purchased a 330-12 without rick-o-sound and would like to convert it.

can this be done? has anyone done it? how can i get parts like the jack plate?

any help would be appreciated.
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Re: converting a330-12 to Rick-O-Sound

Postby (collin) » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:18 pm

Hi James,

You can buy a used RoS jackplate on eBay, often from parts sellers like GibsonDependable.

A better alternative (and one that doesn't contribute to increasing demand for salvaging complete guitars for their parts!) is to buy a blank dual input jackplate from Winfield Vintage. Bonus is that it's cheaper at $50 http://www.winfieldvintage.com/parts/jackplate.html

Beyond that, you just need a second (stereo) 1/4" input jack, some wires and a forstner drill bit to cut a second hole for the new input. Assembly is pretty straightforward, if you're handy with a soldering iron.
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Re: converting a330-12 to Rick-O-Sound

Postby (jdogric12) » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:41 am

I once converted a 330/12 to ROS by adding a hole. I put the mono output in the pickguard hole, and the ROS in the regular jack, IIRC. It's been years. I love the concept of ROS but rarely use it, if I'm being honest. I now route my mono signal into three channels rather than 2 signals to 2 places.
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Re: converting a330-12 to Rick-O-Sound

Postby (aceonbass) » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:11 pm

James.....You don't need to buy a double jack plate, or drill any holes in your guitar. I can build you a wiring harness that you can change the output from mono to stereo with by pulling your bridge volume knob out. The harness would also be built to vintage spec with the original 500k tone pots, and 250k volume pots instead of the current 330k pots RIC uses in everything. (which actually measure out closer to 275k). PM me for details.
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Re: converting a330-12 to Rick-O-Sound

Postby (jdogric12) » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:40 pm

aceonbass wrote:James.....You don't need to buy a double jack plate, or drill any holes in your guitar. I can build you a wiring harness that you can change the output from mono to stereo with by pulling your bridge volume knob out. The harness would also be built to vintage spec with the original 500k tone pots, and 250k volume pots instead of the current 330k pots RIC uses in everything. (which actually measure out closer to 275k). PM me for details.


Dane did me up a 650A harness with this, and it works great. It's a much better option than my janky 330 extra pickguard hole!
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Re: converting a330-12 to Rick-O-Sound

Postby (collin) » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:01 am

+1 on JDog and Dane’s suggestions.

I’m basically a caveman sometimes when it comes to guitar mods. There’s more than one way to solve this, and the least invasive method would be the way to go.
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Re: converting a330-12 to Rick-O-Sound

Postby (stratjim) » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:42 pm

thanks for all the replies...now i have to decide which route to take.
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