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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:34 pm    Post subject: NGD - Rickenbacker 620 Mapleglo Reply with quote

I have been GASing hard for one of these for a while. Played as many different models I could get my hands on and the 620 was the winner. Musician's Friend had it used in mint condition plus a deal on used gear last weekend, so I got a pretty nice price for it.

Set up was pretty alright out of the box. Neck could use a little bit of straightening on the treble side and just the high e string needs to be intonated




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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely stuff!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

over the course of the last three years i have really started to like rickys. Nice score!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! Ran it through its paces tonight at rehearsal... sounds GOOD. Might have a real keeper on my hands here.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:09 am    Post subject: Re: NGD - Rickenbacker 620 Mapleglo Reply with quote

Looks very classy! But...

Dokterrock wrote:
Neck could use a little bit of straightening on the treble side


Shocked What exactly does that mean?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They have two truss rods
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:35 am    Post subject: Re: NGD - Rickenbacker 620 Mapleglo Reply with quote

Nice find!

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I like how the exposure makes it look like nylon strings.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice... Looks like a very elegant design. Might be worth emulating in a build I'm thinking?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dokterrock wrote:
Thanks! Ran it through its paces tonight at rehearsal... sounds GOOD. Might have a real keeper on my hands here.


Well done!

Mine is under the bed in Los Angeles, but I love to pull out and bang out some Weller/The Jam when visiting home. It really is a weird feeling guitar though, when coming from a year's worth of playing Fenderish stuff. So small, so heavy, and with strings spanning the body up high like a gondola it's asking you for a proper fight. Of course, them high-gains are a wonderfully angry pair to slam an amp with.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

now that is a looker.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome guitar! It reminds me of Ron Nasty's Rickenbacker 615.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ultratwin wrote:
Dokterrock wrote:
Thanks! Ran it through its paces tonight at rehearsal... sounds GOOD. Might have a real keeper on my hands here.


Well done!

Mine is under the bed in Los Angeles, but I love to pull out and bang out some Weller/The Jam when visiting home. It really is a weird feeling guitar though, when coming from a year's worth of playing Fenderish stuff. So small, so heavy, and with strings spanning the body up high like a gondola it's asking you for a proper fight. Of course, them high-gains are a wonderfully angry pair to slam an amp with.


I'm glad it's not just me that feels liked this, and it's this that was putting me off it for a while but I think I'll give it a proper go this weekend and see if I can rekindle my 620 love.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BobArsecake wrote:

I'm glad it's not just me that feels liked this, and it's this that was putting me off it for a while but I think I'll give it a proper go this weekend and see if I can rekindle my 620 love.


So far to me it feels like the difference between Rickenbackers and other brands is a bit overstated. Maybe it's just my smallish hands, but the 620 feels really comfortable and slick, like a quality instrument should. That could still be the honeymoon phase talking though.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it looks wonderful and i'm glad you got a good one

there's a thread on here where i came crashing down to earth after buying a 620/12 - my dream guitar but it was absolute pony. blemishes, bad setup and a pickup was broken, and that's before you get to the tiny nut width (probably lovely on a 6). i still love the look of it though and wish i could have been happy with it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dokterrock wrote:
BobArsecake wrote:

I'm glad it's not just me that feels liked this, and it's this that was putting me off it for a while but I think I'll give it a proper go this weekend and see if I can rekindle my 620 love.


So far to me it feels like the difference between Rickenbackers and other brands is a bit overstated. Maybe it's just my smallish hands, but the 620 feels really comfortable and slick, like a quality instrument should. That could still be the honeymoon phase talking though.


Could be, though the 620 has seemed in my hands to be an ergonomic contradiction of sorts, with both its small dimensions and a rack of painfully sharp body edges all the way 'round, just as Shiina Ringo back in the day could comfortably play one with it banging against her knee (though Duesenbergs soon followed).

Creepy Gibusu video for reference and old time's sake.


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