The Big Kahuna

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The Big Kahuna

Postby (Ron Simpson) » Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:05 pm

I spotted this a few days ago and have resisted all temptation so far. I thought I'd pass it along for you to see. The price is too high, but they don't come up for sale very often.

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http://www.gbase.com/gear/rickenbacker- ... 1939-black
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Re: The Big Kahuna

Postby (jimk) » Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:29 am

Wow! :shock: I didn't know RIC/Electro made 10 string lap steels back then.
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Re: The Big Kahuna

Postby (johnallg) » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:20 pm

That looks like the flight deck of an aircraft carrier! :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Big Kahuna

Postby (egosheep) » Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:48 pm

A shop near my house has one of these. It's hard to overstate how massive the horseshoes are... wow! :shock:

The price is about the same, as well.
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Re: The Big Kahuna

Postby (Chris82) » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:10 am

Ten string lap steels of this era were intended for the Eddie Alkire "E-Harp" tuning.
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Re: The Big Kahuna

Postby (Ron Simpson) » Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:50 pm

I agree with you completely. There is a photo of a young Eddie Alkire holding one of these Rickenbacher ten strings. I would guess the photo is before Epiphone, Valco and Gibson came out with their ten string instruments. I don't know how to attach photos at present.

I didn't purchase the Gbase instrument, but one did come up on ebay at half the price the dealer on Gbase was asking, and I somehow won that auction. It needed a bit of work, but it came out beautifully, and is a dream come true. I haven't tried the Alkire tuning as yet, but my next quest will be to acquire an Eddie Alkire album to hear what it is supposed to sound like.

I jokingly refer to it as "my heavy metal guitar".

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Re: The Big Kahuna

Postby (cjj) » Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:26 pm

Is this the picture?
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Here's my more modern Rick 10 string. Not quite as cool as a 1939 model, but they've added a couple of 8 string "runways" to the flight deck...
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I have NO idea what to do with those skinny stringed things... I'm just a bass player...
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Re: The Big Kahuna

Postby (Ron Simpson) » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:51 pm

I believe I have the picture process figured out.
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Re: The Big Kahuna

Postby (cjj) » Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:53 am

:shock: :shock: :shock:
Very COOL!
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