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Calling all TRUE Rickenbacker GEEKS! Lets play a game!

Postby (Honkytonkman) » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:26 pm

Calling all TRUE Rickenbacker GEEKS!

Lets play a game!

1.) Lets say you can only collect 5 Rickenbacker electric guitars.

2.) With those 5 Rics, your goal is to build a collection that best tells the story of what Rickenbacker is all about, by incorporating as many different features and options as have ever been offered.

3.) You only want to collect electric guitars. (Sorry, no basses, acoustics, steels, mandolins, banjos, etc.)

Below are 100 different attributes of Rickenbacker electric guitars, made from 1954 to present. A perfect score of 100 using only 5 guitars is impossible… but how close can you get?

This puzzle came about as a result of me owning 3, + eyeing 2 more, very varied Rics. Together the 5 guitars I am contemplating would score a 71 on this quiz.


100 Possible Points:

YEAR
___ 1950s
___ 1960s
___ 1970s
___ 1980s
___ 1990s
___ 2000 — Present

BODY
___ Solid
___ Semi-Hollow

SOUNDHOLE
___ Cat Eye
___ Rose Morris F-Hole
___ Semi-Hollow / No Sound Hole (Lennon 325)

SHAPE
___ 325 Shape (Including 350)
___ 330 Shape (Including 360OS)
___ 360 Shape (Rounded Style)
___ 425 - 450 Shape (Cresting Wave, PUs flush w/ pick guard)
___ Classic 600 Series (Cresting Wave, PUs mounted to guitar top.)
___ Other: Early Standard-Type (Combo, 330-360 Capri, Etc.)
___ Other: Later Standard-Type (230, 430, 480, Double-Neck, Etc.)
___ Other: Special-Type (360F, 381, Etc.)

STRINGS
___ 6
___ 12

NECK
___ Full Scale
___ Short Scale
___ 22 Fret
___ 24 Fret
___ Neck-Through Construction Design (400 & 600 Series)
___ Neck Joint Design (Some 400 Series Guitars, Most Electro Branded Guitars)
___ Hybrid Design (330 / 360 Type, where neck is inserted into body.)
___ Bolt-On Neck (230, 430, Glen Fry)

FINGER BOARD
___ Dot Markers
___ Triangle Markers - Early Wider Crushed-Pearl Type
___ Triangle Markers - Later Smaller Mother-of-Pearl Type
___ Finished Finger Board
___ Unfinished Finger Board

SERIES
___ Standard Series (No binding, dot inlays.)
___ Deluxe Series w/ Plain Binding + Triangle Inlays
___ Deluxe w/ Checker Board Binding + Triangle Inlays
___ Signature Series (Any Artist)
___ Vintage Reissue Series / Any B-V-C-Series
___ Off-Brand Name Series (Electro, Ryder)

HARDWARE
___ Chrome
___ Black

PICK GUARD
___ Gold
___ White
___ Black
___ Other: Silver (Glen Fry) or Metal (Combo 400, 615 Series, Etc.)
___ Classic Shape
___ 400-Series Shape (420, 450)
___ Other Shape (230, 381, Combo 400, 480, 650 Series, etc.)

TRUSS COVER
___ Underside Screened / Painted Truss Cover (Early Style)
___ Raised Letter Truss Cover (Later Style)
___ Metal (Either Early-450 Type Embossed or Combo-400 Type Ink Printed on Metal)

PICKUPS
___ 1 Pickup (Combo 400, 420, 425)
___ 2 Pickups
___ 3 Pickups (340, 370, Etc.)
___ Toasters (All Variants)
___ High Gains (All Variants)
___ Modern Humbucker (Susanna Hoffs, 650-Type)
___ Any Other (Horse Shoe, Comb0-400 D’Marzio, 481-Type Humbucker, Piezo, etc.)

ELECTRONICS
___ Single Jack
___ Ric-O-Sound Double Jack
___ 2 Knobs
___ 4 Knobs
___ 5 Knobs

KNOBS
___ Early ‘60s Style (Solid Black w/ White Marker)
___ Mid-‘60s to Modern Day Type (Black w/ Silver Faces)
___ Rogan Stove Top “TV” Knobs (Big, Brown, w/ Gold Diamonds)
___ Any Other (Combo 400 Bakelite, 650 Metal, Etc.)

VIBRATO / TAIL PIECE
___ Kauffman
___ Accent
___ Other: (Factory Bigsby B5 on 325V59, True-425 Type, 650 Series, Etc.)
___ Flat Tail Piece (George Harrison 360/12 Type)
___ “R” Tail Piece

BRIDGE
___ Standard 4-Pole Bridge
___ Special 4-Pole Bridge (12 Saddle or Roller)
___ 400-Series 1-Piece Saddle Aluminum Bridge
___ Modern Surface Mounted Style (650, Laguna, Etc.)

FINISH
___ Mapleglo
___ Fireglo
___ Jetglo (Mapleglo + Fireglo + Jetglo = Classic Ric Finishes = 1 Point Each)
___ Other Standard Finish (Azure Glo, Burgandy Glo, Midnight Blue, Ruby Red)
___ 1980s Primary Colors (Red, White, Silver Etc.)
___ Color of the Year (Any Year)
___ Any Other Color (Cloverfield Green, Atlantis Green, Factory Custom, Etc.)

FINISH TYPE
___ Nitro (Pre-1958)
___ Synthetic (Post-1958)
___ Oil Finish (650, Laguna, Etc.)

BODY WOOD
___ Maple
___ Any Other (Walnut, Mahogany)

TUNERS
___ Open Back Grovers
___ Closed Back Kluson Deluxes
___ Schallers
___ Any Other (Motor-Cycle Tank Type, Etc.)

VERY UNUSUAL
___ Slant Frets
___ 12 String String-Selector Comb
___ Light Show
___ Double Neck

Original Case
___ Silver & Blue, Leather Handle 1960s Type
___ Moulded Plastic, Plastic Handle Modern Type
___ Other: (All Variants of Early Cases, 1980s Black & Blue, Etc.)
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Re: Calling all TRUE Rickenbacker GEEKS! Lets play a game!

Postby (steverok) » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:02 pm

How do I score myself ?

Let my five be (1) 2004 330 MG, (2) 2005 360 JG, (3) 2005 360-12VP FG, (4) 2010 330-12 JG, and (5) 2018 1993+ JG.

I probably fail.
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Re: Calling all TRUE Rickenbacker GEEKS! Lets play a game!

Postby (Korladis) » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:20 pm

Rules 2 and 3 are contradictory.

I'm supposed to put together a collection that says what "Rickenbacker is all about," but without any basses?
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Re: Calling all TRUE Rickenbacker GEEKS! Lets play a game!

Postby (Honkytonkman) » Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:57 am

steverok wrote:How do I score myself ?

Let my five be (1) 2004 330 MG, (2) 2005 360 JG, (3) 2005 360-12VP FG, (4) 2010 330-12 JG, and (5) 2018 1993+ JG.

I probably fail.


I count 45 Points!




100 Possible Points:

YEAR
___ 1950s
___ 1960s
___ 1970s
___ 1980s
___ 1990s
_X_ 2000 — Present

BODY
___ Solid
_X_ Semi-Hollow

SOUNDHOLE
_X_ Cat Eye
_X_ Rose Morris F-Hole
___ Semi-Hollow / No Sound Hole (Lennon 325)

SHAPE
___ 325 Shape (Including 350)
_X_ 330 Shape (Including 360OS)
_X_ 360 Shape (Rounded Style)
___ 425 - 450 Shape (Cresting Wave, PUs flush w/ pick guard)
___ Classic 600 Series (Cresting Wave, PUs mounted to guitar top.)
___ Other: Early Standard-Type (Combo, 330-360 Capri, Etc.)
___ Other: Later Standard-Type (230, 430, 480, Double-Neck, Etc.)
___ Other: Special-Type (360F, 381, Etc.)

STRINGS
_X_ 6
_X_ 12

NECK
_X_ Full Scale
___ Short Scale
_X_ 22 Fret
_X_ 24 Fret
___ Neck-Through Construction Design (400 & 600 Series)
___ Neck Joint Design (Some 400 Series Guitars, Most Electro Branded Guitars)
_X_ Hybrid Design (330 / 360 Type, where neck is inserted into body.)
___ Bolt-On Neck (230, 430, Glen Fry)

FINGER BOARD
_X_ Dot Markers
_X_ Triangle Markers - Early Wider Crushed-Pearl Type 1993+?
_X_ Triangle Markers - Later Smaller Mother-of-Pearl Type
_X_ Finished Finger Board
___ Unfinished Finger Board

SERIES
_X_ Standard Series (No binding, dot inlays.)
_X_ Deluxe Series w/ Plain Binding + Triangle Inlays
_X_ Deluxe w/ Checker Board Binding + Triangle Inlays
___ Signature Series (Any Artist)
_X_ Vintage Reissue Series / Any B-V-C-Series 1993+
___ Off-Brand Name Series (Electro, Ryder)

HARDWARE
_X_ Chrome
___ Black

PICK GUARD
___ Gold
_X_ White
___ Black
___ Other: Silver (Glen Fry) or Metal (Combo 400, 615 Series, Etc.)
___ Classic Shape
___ 400-Series Shape (420, 450)
___ Other Shape (230, 381, Combo 400, 480, 650 Series, etc.)

TRUSS COVER
_X_ Underside Screened / Painted Truss Cover (Early Style)
_X_ Raised Letter Truss Cover (Later Style)
___ Metal (Either Early-450 Type Embossed or Combo-400 Type Ink Printed on Metal)

PICKUPS
___ 1 Pickup (Combo 400, 420, 425)
_X_ 2 Pickups
_X_ 3 Pickups (340, 370, Etc.)
_X_ Toasters (All Variants)
_X_ High Gains (All Variants)
___ Modern Humbucker (Susanna Hoffs, 650-Type)
___ Any Other (Horse Shoe, Comb0-400 D’Marzio, 481-Type Humbucker, Piezo, etc.)

ELECTRONICS
_X_ Single Jack
_X_ Ric-O-Sound Double Jack
___ 2 Knobs
___ 4 Knobs
_X_ 5 Knobs

KNOBS
_X_ Early ‘60s Style (Solid Black w/ White Marker)
_X_ Mid-‘60s to Modern Day Type (Black w/ Silver Faces)
___ Rogan Stove Top “TV” Knobs (Big, Brown, w/ Gold Diamonds)
___ Any Other (Combo 400 Bakelite, 650 Metal, Etc.)

VIBRATO / TAIL PIECE
___ Kauffman
___ Accent
___ Other: (Factory Bigsby B5 on 325V59, True-425 Type, 650 Series, Etc.)
_X_ Flat Tail Piece (George Harrison 360/12 Type)
_X_ “R” Tail Piece

BRIDGE
_X_ Standard 4-Pole Bridge
___ Special 4-Pole Bridge (12 Saddle or Roller)
___ 400-Series 1-Piece Saddle Aluminum Bridge
___ Modern Surface Mounted Style (650, Laguna, Etc.)

FINISH
_X_ Mapleglo
_X_ Fireglo
_X_ Jetglo (Mapleglo + Fireglo + Jetglo = Classic Ric Finishes = 1 Point Each)
___ Other Standard Finish (Azure Glo, Burgandy Glo, Midnight Blue, Ruby Red)
___ 1980s Primary Colors (Red, White, Silver Etc.)
___ Color of the Year (Any Year)
___ Any Other Color (Cloverfield Green, Atlantis Green, Factory Custom, Etc.)

FINISH TYPE
___ Nitro (Pre-1958)
_X_ Synthetic (Post-1958)
___ Oil Finish (650, Laguna, Etc.)

BODY WOOD
_X_ Maple
___ Any Other (Walnut, Mahogany)

TUNERS
___ Open Back Grovers
_X_ Closed Back Kluson Deluxes
_X_ Schallers
___ Any Other (Motor-Cycle Tank Type, Etc.)

VERY UNUSUAL
___ Slant Frets
___ 12 String String-Selector Comb
___ Light Show
___ Double Neck

Original Case
_X_ Silver & Blue, Leather Handle 1960s Type
_X_ Moulded Plastic, Plastic Handle Modern Type
___ Other: (All Variants of Early Cases, 1980s Black & Blue, Etc.)
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Re: Calling all TRUE Rickenbacker GEEKS! Lets play a game!

Postby (Honkytonkman) » Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:07 am

Korladis wrote:Rules 2 and 3 are contradictory.

I'm supposed to put together a collection that says what "Rickenbacker is all about," but without any basses?


I considered including basses as part of this game, but as I began to write down all their unique features, I realized doing so would pretty much make including a bass with your 5 mandatory, and even then it would greatly skew the ratio of features possible for 5 instruments vs. all features total.

But if you would like to compete using a bass (or basses) as part of your 5 choices, have at it!

(This is supposed to be fun.)

:)
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Re: Calling all TRUE Rickenbacker GEEKS! Lets play a game!

Postby (steverok) » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:20 am

Honkytonkman wrote:
I count 45 Points!



Better than I thought ... I pretty much like the hi-gain, modern-era guitars, in different finishes ... not much diversity !
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