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Butchered 425 for Restoration

PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:43 pm
by rkbsound
I just purchased the butchered 425 on Reverb. The neck is toast and I don’t yet know if this is salvageable. I am not planning on a complete restoration - just get it working and perhaps not even a Rick pickup. I was wondering if by chance anyone has see this one before and knows the history. I don’t think I can date it. Jill signed it so I was also wondering if anyone knew how long she worked at RIC to help with dating. I didn’t get it for a steal but I didn’t pay the full price, either.

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Re: Butchered 425 for Restoration

PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:05 am
by libratune
What you have there is a 425 with part of a Boyd vibrato unit. Those were fairly rare and surfaced in the 1965-67 era. There are a few of them in the Register: ... celebrity=

I believe the serial number for a 425 with a Boyd VB unit was stamped on the bottom of the vibrato unit cover, most of which have gone missing from the instruments.

Jill shows up a lot in the control cavities of Ricks built in that era.

Re: Butchered 425 for Restoration

PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:34 am
by rkbsound
Thanks. If I am not returning this to stock and if I can get the neck sorted out, is there a good option for a bridge other than a direct replacement? It looks like Winfield has one but I’m not married to it looking original. Can always do that later.

Re: Butchered 425 for Restoration

PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:13 am
by rkbsound
Completed 425 project with a DiMarzio Virtual Solo pickup.