Rickenbacher B-6 Magnet Width

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Rickenbacher B-6 Magnet Width

Postby (jolasa) » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:11 pm

What is the difference between the B-6 with a 1.25" wide magnet as compared to the 1.5" wide magnet?

Which width came first?
Which is the best?
Difference in instrument tone?
Difference in instrument value?

When did Rickenbacher change from wide to narrow (or other way around)?

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Re: Rickenbacher B-6 Magnet Width

Postby (jps) » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:22 pm

Hi Jon, the only question I can answer is, the 1 1/2" horseshoes came first. 8)
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Re: Rickenbacher B-6 Magnet Width

Postby (rshatz) » Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:05 pm

Which width came first? The 1-1/2 inch magnet was used on the earliest frypan lap steel guitars as early as 1932. The 1-1/2 inch pickup his considered to be one of the best steel guitar pick ups ever made. I prefer it to the 1-1/4 inch. It was produced until sometime early during World War II. After World War II the 1-1/4 inch pickup was introduced. It was in production until the early 70s.

Which is the best? The 1-1/2 inch pickup his considered to be one of the best steel guitar pick ups ever made. I prefer it to the 1-1/4 inch.

Difference in instrument tone? The prewar pickups have a warmer and fatter tone.

Difference in instrument value? The prewar instruments tend to bring higher prices with a few exceptions.
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