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Rickenbacker 1997 Rose Morris Question

Postby (crisp) » Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:49 pm

Hello.

Is the neck radius 10" or 7.25" ? I am unable to find the specs on the Rickenbacker site. it is as if these guitars never existed.

I am asking about the Reissue specifically. I think they made it from roughly 1989 to 1999

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Re: Rickenbacker 1997 Rose Morris Question

Postby (collin) » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:04 pm

A reissue 1997 would have a fretboard radius closer to 10"

(Original 60s era guitars are closer to 7.25" and I say closer because I haven't found the radius to be exact or consistent across the full board).
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Re: Rickenbacker 1997 Rose Morris Question

Postby (crisp) » Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:26 pm

I appreciate the kind reply. It appears my only option for a 7.25" radius is a 360c63 or vintage.

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Re: Rickenbacker 1997 Rose Morris Question

Postby (collin) » Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:47 pm

crisp wrote:I appreciate the kind reply. It appears my only option for a 7.25" radius is a 360c63 or vintage.

Have a great rest of the day,
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I've never measured a 360c63 fretboard, but they seem like a larger radius than 7.25"

Oddly, most people complain about the 7.25" radius and want something larger and more "modern" for playability reasons. The vintage specs are all over the map. I've just refretted a deluxe 360 neck from 1966, and the fretboard radius was closer to 6" than 7.25" :shock:

The non-deluxe fretboards - such as a 330 or a 1997 - tend to have the 7.25" radius. All of my 60s era Rose Morris guitars (four in total) are all fairly consistently 7.25.

Either you could have a reissue fretboard planed to a 7.25" radius (with refret and refinish) or look for a 60s 1997. Not hard to find now, and the market has softened!
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Re: Rickenbacker 1997 Rose Morris Question

Postby (crisp) » Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:00 pm

Thank you for taking the time to reply. That is useful information you have provided.

According to the Rickenbacker listed specs, the 360c63 has the X-Bracing and 7.25" radius. I have fairly large hands and have found that the rounder radius necks somehow compensate for necks that are inherently smaller in profile. Though I am sure it is mostly in my head. I get along with the 10" well enough.

I have never owned a vintage Rickenbacker. I am not well versed on which years/models need a neck reset. I have also read some less than flattering reviews regarding the old style truss rods.

Maybe someday I will take the dive, but I need to educate myself a bit more about the eccentricities of a vintage Rickenbacker.

A 6" neck radius! That is wild! I am surprised the frets were not popping out from the sides.

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Re: Rickenbacker 1997 Rose Morris Question

Postby (collin) » Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:11 pm

I hear you there, I like the 7.25” radius on a Rickenbacker because I play it differently than I would a Gibson or Gretsch with their flatter boards.

If you can live without the “F” soundhole, a 360C63 might be a good option for you. All the good vintage specs are there (like a 7.25” board and x-bracing), without any of the bad vintage specs (i.e. they have the better modern style truss rods and the neck angles rarely shift). Plus a limited run was made in 6-strings for Guitar Center in 2014, which you can still find on occasion.
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Re: Rickenbacker 1997 Rose Morris Question

Postby (crisp) » Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:20 pm

collin wrote:I hear you there, I like the 7.25” radius on a Rickenbacker because I play it differently than I would a Gibson or Gretsch with their flatter boards.

If you can live without the “F” soundhole, a 360C63 might be a good option for you. All the good vintage specs are there (like a 7.25” board and x-bracing), without any of the bad vintage specs (i.e. they have the better modern style truss rods and the neck angles rarely shift). Plus a limited run was made in 6-strings for Guitar Center in 2014, which you can still find on occasion.


Indeed you are correct.

Unfortunately for me, it appears those 360c63 6-Strings are rare as hen's teeth. I have noticed these unusual "Fab" model Rickenbackers that have been popping up on the Reverb site. I believe there are two now. They were limited runs for Andy Babiuk if I understand correctly. They appear to have the 360c63 body style, but the jury is out on the neck radius. All of these "Fab" guitars I have seen have been jetglo with the checkered binding.

I think I will hold out on the real deal 360c63 if I can ever find one.

Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.
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Re: Rickenbacker 1997 Rose Morris Question

Postby (collin) » Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:17 am

Anytime, happy to help.

Just be patient and wait for the right one to turn up. I see at least a couple 360c63 models turn up each year (eBay or Reverb), shouldn’t be too hard to find one. Also if you’re on Facebook, join the Rickenbacker pages and post a wanted ad. Good luck with the hunt!
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