NGD 1998 from 1964

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NGD 1998 from 1964

Postby (Medicus1963) » Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:38 am

Hallo Rickenbacker Fans!

I just received a Rose Morris 1998 from 1964, Serial DA94, as such listed in the register. But if i use Rickenbacker serial number decoder it says invalid number! Could this be true? Is it normal with Rose Morris Rickenbackers?
the former user says, it might have had a refin, so which are the indicator signs of a refinish?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: NGD 1998 from 1964

Postby (jdogric12) » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:05 am

Should be fine. The decoder may simply be having difficulty with such few digits, but it sounds correct. Look in the cavities (TRC especially) for evidence of refins.
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Re: NGD 1998 from 1964

Postby (Medicus1963) » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:11 am

Thanks Jason,

In the TRC cavity,there is evidence of refin, But i think just to cover a broken neck :( .
Otherwise the finish seems original. To have some color in the control cavity seems to be normal, does it?

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Re: NGD 1998 from 1964

Postby (collin) » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:33 pm

Medicus1963 wrote:Thanks Jason,

In the TRC cavity,there is evidence of refin, But i think just to cover a broken neck :( .
Otherwise the finish seems original. To have some color in the control cavity seems to be normal, does it?

Thanks

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It is completely normal (and expected) to have color/finish in the control cavity and also the TRC cavity. These were painted without masking.

However, it appears there is color inside the soundhole of your guitar - is that correct? This would be the only indication of a refinish, in my opinion. A blacklight could tell you more clues, including any repaired areas.

Nice guitar, if it was indeed a Rose Morris model, it's an extremely early one (January '64).
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Re: NGD 1998 from 1964

Postby (godber) » Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:38 pm

Andreas does say it was repainted on his website,
https://www.rockwall-guitars.de/en/rick ... 1964-345s/
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Re: NGD 1998 from 1964

Postby (Medicus1963) » Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:21 pm

Yes Collin, there is paint in the f hole.
Andreas from Rockwall Guitars says that it was repainted, But He is not shure.

Right, it is a very early example, But i am not quite sure If Every. Part of this guitar is original!
But the Most important thing is, that it is a great sounding guitar!

Greetings from germany!

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Re: NGD 1998 from 1964

Postby (Medicus1963) » Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:26 pm

By the way,
What does the painting inside the control cavity mean?

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Re: NGD 1998 from 1964

Postby (collin) » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:08 pm

godber wrote:Andreas does say it was repainted on his website,
https://www.rockwall-guitars.de/en/rick ... 1964-345s/
Congrats!


Nice, now THAT is how you sell an instrument, folks. Overwhelming number of bright, hi-res images.

Looking at the photos here, it's clearly a refin. Plus when a dealer tells you it's refinished - you can guarantee that's true.

Medicus1963 wrote:By the way,
What does the painting inside the control cavity mean?

Thanks
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The painting or the writing? All of these guitars were painted without masking inside the control cavity, only masking inside the soundhole.

The writing/markings inside the soundhole are just internal production notes. Just an assumption, but I think different employees would notate inside the control cavity once the guitar passed through each work station, or include initials. There is usually a model designation "345S, etc." that doesn't always match the final model build.
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Re: NGD 1998 from 1964

Postby (jps) » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:32 pm

Many times there will also be names inside pickup cavities and under the TRC.

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Re: NGD 1998 from 1964

Postby (Medicus1963) » Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:14 am

Thanks for all the input!
By the way, the seller is a good friend of mine and i trust him for sure! I told you only that He himself was Not sure.
Sorry Collin for Mixing Up painting and writing, of course i meant writing! This is because english is not my mother language.

Thanks for all your Input and help!

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