Boyd vibrato pics?

Early years of Rickenbacker Guitars prior to and including 1972

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Re: Boyd vibrato pics?

Postby (8mileshigh) » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:20 am

A Boyd variant? On a '63 425......

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Re: Boyd vibrato pics?

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:26 pm

Fascinating...

This seems to be a true Boyd--what I can see of it under that curved cover, look like bent wire, and it has the proper paper-clip arm and arm fastening hardware.

The engine-turned filler plate under the guard and the handmade curved tailpiece cover, though, point toward this as having been an owner-modification or possibly a prototype test-fit. Nice work.
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Re: Boyd vibrato pics?

Postby (jfine) » Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:49 am

Thanks, everyone! That Boyd sure looks to be an odd contraption indeed. And the "S" vibrato was used on lots of '60's Japanese guitars. I had the same unit on my first electric, a St. George, bought new in '64, probably made by Kawai or Teisco. Awful vibrato--mine woud go out of tune if you looked at it sideways! I had no idea until recently that those were used on Rickenbackers.
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Re: Boyd vibrato pics?

Postby (paologregorio) » Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:51 pm

Whoa! This a a cool thread! The Boyd handle is cool-sort of Art Deco and Space Age all-in-one!

Thanks for showing your BARC brunch guests the mistakenly named Boyd-ish units this past weekend on the Ricks you're restoring, Paul. :D
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Re: Boyd vibrato pics?

Postby (parker_knoll) » Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:30 am

Apologies for waking up this necro thread but I just got a Boyd vibe and I'm trying to work out if it's complete. Does anyone on the forum actually own one to compare notes?
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Re: Boyd vibrato pics?

Postby (Larry Ball) » Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:18 pm

This is my 425 with boyd, but I am missing the arm and cover darn it
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Re: Boyd vibrato pics?

Postby (libratune) » Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:17 pm

Completed ebay listing for the 450 restored by PW: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rickenbacker-45 ... 7675.l2557

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Re: Boyd vibrato pics?

Postby (Ric5150) » Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:14 pm

libratune wrote:Completed ebay listing for the 450 restored by PW: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rickenbacker-45 ... 7675.l2557

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If there's anything specific anyone wants photos of on that particular guitar, I should probably be able to post something this weekend - assuming the Pony Express is running on time. 8) :D
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Re: Boyd vibrato pics?

Postby (parker_knoll) » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:49 pm

Larry Ball wrote:This is my 425 with boyd, but I am missing the arm and cover darn it


that's not a Boyd, that's a Burns vibrato
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