Steve Meyer´s Rickenbacker® 360 with gold hardware
Rickenbacker Model 360 with gold hardware
" - I have heard from John Hall and the consensus is
that the gold plating was done after purchase and it is an original RIC with a
Japanese (gold) bridge.
I repaired a fractured neck up near the head where I believe that someone over tightened the truss rods and pulled away the finger board and fractured the tunnels. The repair came out great with the exception of the fact the one can see (but not feel) the repair. I also sanded the entire guitar except the head and put on about 12 coats of lacquer then polished it up. It looks great. I found that one of the cross braces was not bonded to the upper body so I got some wood epoxy on the seam and now it doesn't buzz when you play it hard without amplification.
I don't have any finished pictures but here are some
that will give you the general idea. This one seems 100% original but it has
gold pick-up covers, tuners, "R" tailpiece and a unusual gold bridge that was
made in Japan and has 6 adjustable pieces that do not have any springs
associated with the set up. It is raised and lowered by two slotted screws, one
on each side that turn some rather long and hefty threaded poles that screw into
inserts that are pressed into a gold plate that is screwed into the body.
Without strings it, may be lifted off of the two poles. The tailpiece anchor, on
the bottom, is gold too. The jack plate has a black crinkle finish and two
Rickenbacker gold hardware
Courtesy of Steve Meyer
© 2003 Björn Eriksson
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