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Rick 430 mystery?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:52 pm
by Rio
Hi guys, total newbie here so I'm sorry if this is a repeat but I've searched n searched, n I cant find another Ricky 430 that looks like this.
Is it an early one, ?
Is it a very late one, ?

Any help or info would be most welcome.

Cheers.

Rio.

(I uploaded two photos but not sure where they went. )

Re: Rick 430 mystery?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:26 pm
by ChuckEds
I have a '75 430 that I got new and it's a great guitar, though not your typical RIC. You can easily date it with the serial number. Try uploading pix again!

Re: Rick 430 mystery?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:11 am
by Rio
I think I worked out how to post pics, . . . . .


Note hows it's back loaded and not front scratch plate loaded , ??? !

Any ideas.

Re: Rick 430 mystery?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:30 am
by ChuckEds
Ah, that's a models 230 'Hamburg'. Similar body shape and construction but different pick ups and hardware.
http://www.rickresource.com/wordpress/?p=20

Re: Rick 430 mystery?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:22 pm
by Rio
That'll explain why it dont look like any other 430 out there , Doh !

Thanks chuck, much appreciated.

Re: Rick 430 mystery?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:30 pm
by teb
There is also a double-bound version, the model 250. I always considered mine one of the most fun Rics to play. There was just something about it, where it felt good in your hands.

Re: Rick 430 mystery?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:07 am
by jdogric12
To further complicate things, at some point the model numbers 230 and 250 changed to 220 and 260.

Re: Rick 430 mystery?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:42 am
by kennyhowes
jdogric12 wrote:To further complicate things, at some point the model numbers 230 and 250 changed to 220 and 260.

Kinda...they also gained pickguards, lost two knobs, other stuff.

Re: Rick 430 mystery?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:35 pm
by ChuckEds
The 220 looks nice, but I'd rather have the dual volume & tone controls.
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Re: Rick 430 mystery?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:10 am
by teb
From my experience, having owned a 2030 bass, a 250 and a 430, I found them all to be good guitars, but that body shape always struck me as ugly and featuring cut-away horns that reminded me of Mickey Mouse ears. I eventually sold the 250 when trading a lot of guitars, but the 2030 and 430 got new bodies, mostly because I wanted something more Rickenbacker-like, and because I was bored and looking for a fun project. Then the old original body from the 430 was repaired, re-shaped into kind of a Tele-backer shape, refinished red metalflake and eventually sold to another 430 owner. Much of the work was done out in my driveway, or during winter in my unheated garage, but they were fun projects.

Re: Rick 430 mystery?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:46 am
by ChuckEds
Beautiful work teb! I thought about making a more RIC-like body too, but I grew to like it as it was. I guess it was Forrest White's 'Fender and Rickenbacker had a baby' design!

I did add some contouring to it, which made it a lot more comfortable to play. I used a 3/8" roundover bit all around, then part way around with a 5/8" bit.

http://www.rickresource.com/register/vi ... 6order%3D5