END OF AN ERA!

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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (ozover50) » Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:22 pm

Congratulations and best wishes, Paul. It's been a delight seeing some of your Rickenbacker acoustics 'in the flesh' and playing them.

I look forward to seeing the birth of the Madeleine guitar range... you have chosen a most appropriate name.

Hopefully you can provide us with some photos of your creations as they come into the world.

Cheers. :D

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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (s4001) » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:20 pm

Good news, Paul. Can't wait to see some of your creations!
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (admin) » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:50 pm

You have a bright future Paul. I hope that the Madeline line replaces some of the heartache associated with her passing and your Mom's illness. We look forward to your new creations. :)
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (kennyhowes) » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:18 am

Ah, and we never did get to see Rickenbacker Classical Guitar materialize. We'll always have Paris, I guess.

Does this mean you're out of the Rick Restoration/Customization biz too?

Job well done thus far & more to come!
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (T.A.R.) » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:51 am

Well done on all counts! Paul a fitting tribute, and here's to a new beginning!
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (cjj) » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:51 am

kennyhowes wrote:Does this mean you're out of the Rick Restoration/Customization biz too?

:shock: :shock: :shock:
I hope not!

kennyhowes wrote:Job well done thus far & more to come!

Absolutely!
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (JakeK) » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:29 pm

Congrats, Paul! While I'm sad you're moving on from Rickenbacker acoustics, it's great to see you'll be building your own. :D Just tell me they won't be Martin or Gibson copies like almost every other custom acoustic luthier :lol:

Here's a couple of questions I haven't seen answered or asked:
1. With you moving on, does this mean that Ric acoustics are officially discontinued, will they find someone else to make them or is the factory going to make them again?
2. Will you still be doing Rickenbacker customizations and restoration?

EDIT: Number 2 is essentially a reworded version of a question Kenny Howes asked. Sorry, Kenny. :wink:
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (DriftSpace) » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:21 pm

Good questions, Jake.

However, as it has been said in other places on this forum, Paul's licence to build acoustics for RIC was not specifically related to his restoration business. I have a hunch it provided easier access to certain materials (and creative gray-area) while doing custom work, but only PW and JH know for sure.

Also, I'm fairly certain Paul had been restoring guitars before his licensed RIC acoustic deal in 2006, so I don't think the lapse of said license would affect that aspect of his "hobby/business". I've spoken with Paul about working on non-RIC instruments, and I suspect he'll continue to operate as he likes, which seems to be on whatever projects he chooses, RIC or not, according to his interests & schedule.

Here's hoping Madeleine guitars will incorporate some carved-top models; I've wanted a Jazzbo ever since I saw the one Paul built, and was just about to try and figure out how to get him to build me one . . .
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (electrofaro) » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:33 pm

Paul, seems like the start of an exciting era of new high quality custom build acoustics! Good luck with this new venture :D



kennyhowes wrote:Does this mean you're out of the Rick Restoration/Customization biz too?

I do hope not... I am still saving for mine!
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (johnhall) » Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:19 pm

JakeK wrote:1. With you moving on, does this mean that Ric acoustics are officially discontinued, will they find someone else to make them or is the factory going to make them again?

RIC acoustics already were discontinued as such and there are no plans to build acoustics here or anywhere else. I also think he's fairly committed for the time being to building instruments in the same style but I'd also like to see what he can do with some really original designs as I don't know too many people as genuinely creative as he is.

JakeK wrote:2. Will you still be doing Rickenbacker customizations and restoration?

I certainly can't speak for Paul but in all recent conversations with him he's indicated he'd like to and I've certainly tried to encourage him to do so. I'm sure it will come down to his available time more than anything.
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (wim) » Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:24 pm

Good luck with the business Paul, I hope your guitars will shine as bright on stages everywhere as little Madeleine's star in the sky!
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (winston) » Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:49 pm

All the best to you Paul. I look forward to seeing and hearing your new line of acoustics.
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (bluewhale) » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:53 pm

Good luck, Paul. Looking forward to seeing your new guitars.
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (jps) » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:10 pm

JakeK wrote:Just tell me they won't be Martin or Gibson copies like almost every other custom acoustic luthier :lol:

Check out the work of Harvey Leach, Howard Klepper or Mark Hatcher for examples of three great original thinking luthiers, Jake. 8)
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Re: END OF AN ERA!

Postby (shamustwin) » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:59 pm

Congrats Paul! (still waiting on my 12 string!)
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