Rickenbacker To Stop Lacquering Fretboads Starting Now

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Re: Rickenbacker To Stop Lacquering Fretboads Starting Now

Postby (lumgimfong) » Sun Oct 03, 2021 12:53 pm

Unless Rickenbacker makes a statement about it we won’t know but I can speculate a couple guesses: one would be more environmentally friendly to use less lacker in their production and two would be perhaps it is cheaper to produce them without lacquering and three perhaps it is quicker to produce them without lacquering or four maybe they were going to start using a new fretboard wood that doesn’t need to be lacquered(not that the others did but maybe lacquering those types of wood help somehow). I think a lacquered fretboard looks cool but the fret bubbling that can come later does not so it would not matter to me if a board lacquered or not.
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Re: Rickenbacker To Stop Lacquering Fretboads Starting Now

Postby (doctorwho) » Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:59 am

FWIW, my 730L Laramie acoustic does not have a clear-coated fretboard.
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Re: Rickenbacker To Stop Lacquering Fretboads Starting Now

Postby (jps) » Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:43 am

doctorwho wrote:FWIW, my 730L Laramie acoustic does not have a clear-coated fretboard.

I never thought about that. My old 730/12L didn't have a finish on its fingerboard, either.

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Re: Rickenbacker To Stop Lacquering Fretboads Starting Now

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:53 am

admin wrote:I have to say that I had a 450/12 from 1966 at one point and the very thin finish on the fretboard served me well. It should help that Factory in getting more out the door sooner as well with somewhat less labour. Also, it will make a refret easier as well. As for the look, I have become accustomed to the lacquered boards.


I can't see how this will save labor. Rickenbacker has not had to dress fret ends for as long as they have been "lacquering" their fretboards. The somewhat thick clear coat covering the fret ends, along with the buffing that each fretboard receives, fills in the sharp edges and saves about 30-40 minutes of hand-dressing per instrument. I'm wondering how they have adjusted to this. There's something going on here that I can't quite grasp...
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Re: Rickenbacker To Stop Lacquering Fretboads Starting Now

Postby (Ashgray) » Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:30 pm

jingle_jangle wrote:
admin wrote:I have to say that I had a 450/12 from 1966 at one point and the very thin finish on the fretboard served me well. It should help that Factory in getting more out the door sooner as well with somewhat less labour. Also, it will make a refret easier as well. As for the look, I have become accustomed to the lacquered boards.


I can't see how this will save labor. Rickenbacker has not had to dress fret ends for as long as they have been "lacquering" their fretboards. The somewhat thick clear coat covering the fret ends, along with the buffing that each fretboard receives, fills in the sharp edges and saves about 30-40 minutes of hand-dressing per instrument. I'm wondering how they have adjusted to this. There's something going on here that I can't quite grasp...

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Sonically, the best thing I ever did with your old 4001 fretless was to remove that thick clear coat from the fingerboard.

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Re: Rickenbacker To Stop Lacquering Fretboads Starting Now

Postby (libratune) » Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:08 pm

I recently got a 330-12 with the unlacquered board. I didn't really notice that much difference.

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