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 Post subject: Rebuilding my 77 Rickenbacker
PostPosted: May 16th, 2018, 4:21 pm 
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Hi all,
I know I'm going to upset the purists amongst you but I'm completely restoring a 1977 lefty Rickenbacker 4001 I bought. These are really hard to find in Australia and I paid $1500 USD for this one but it had a deep crack in the timber at the back and needed to be repaired plus it was missing some of the hardware, screws, covers etc.

This is how i got it but i didn't get any photos of the back.


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 Post subject: Re: Rebuilding my 77 Rickenbacker
PostPosted: May 16th, 2018, 4:23 pm 
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So in order to repair it the Luthier had to completely strip it down to bare timber.


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PostPosted: May 16th, 2018, 4:28 pm 
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Then they had to heat the offending joint to breakdown the glue and remove the section to clean it up prior to re-gluing.


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PostPosted: May 16th, 2018, 4:36 pm 
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And now i had to pick the color to paint it. I have enough black basses and i know there are some that will say keep the color original but I really liked the Turquoise so i decided to go with that. I didn't have a bass or sample to go by and I wasn't able to get the exact spec for the paint and all the photos I could find it looked different in all of them. So I selected a color from the samples from the paint supplier and had to guess on the outcome when including 50% fine metal flake. But I think it will come out ok.
This is the first coat.


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This is the second coat and with a pearl pickguard I had made for it. It still needs sanding and another coat plus 3 coats of clear.


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PostPosted: May 16th, 2018, 4:46 pm 
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So let me know what you think so far. I should have it finished within about 2 weeks and will add to this thread with the finished item.
Altogether it will cost me about $2500 USD that is including all the missing parts i had to buy.
I don't know if that is a lot in the States but as they are so rare here it is not too bad and according to the Luthier should be worth around $5600 USD here even if I have changed the color.


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PostPosted: May 16th, 2018, 5:24 pm 
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I don't know about value, but it's shaping up to be a beauty!


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This is gonna look really nice!


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PostPosted: May 16th, 2018, 5:44 pm 
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Thanks guys I'm not so much worried about what it is worth once it is finished but I would be interested in how much a refurbished 77 Rick would cost in the States. Like i said this will cost me about 2.5K USD finished and it should look and feel like showroom condition. Just wondering if I have paid too much.


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This is from Reverb.com... https://reverb.com/price-guide/guide/63 ... 977-jetglo ... considering the work you had to do to it, your final cost is "in the ball park"... looking forward to the final pictures... enjoy!

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Wow! What a great bass and story. Thanks for sharing the photos of the progress. I love these threads. That bass is going to look so slick with the turquoise and white binding!

IMO I don't think any of us in the States could buy a lefty Ric, get a intensive repair done and have it refinished for much less than you paid, so I'd say you're doing quite well.


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PostPosted: May 16th, 2018, 6:32 pm 
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Thanks fivebass that looks like mine before restoration and i paid $1500 USD at that point


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It's interesting you say there was a crack in the back... when you look at the paint that's still on the "wing" after separating it from the neck, the conclusion I come to; the wing wasn't planed properly, it wasn't able to be completely, and 100% glued to the neck, and that's why you see paint-bleed on it. You've just corrected a factory default! :)

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PostPosted: May 16th, 2018, 7:15 pm 
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fivebass52 wrote:
It's interesting you say there was a crack in the back... when you look at the paint that's still on the "wing" after separating it from the neck, the conclusion I come to; the wing wasn't planed properly, it wasn't able to be completely, and 100% glued to the neck, and that's why you see paint-bleed on it. You've just corrected a factory default! :)


Well thats possible but someone had tried to hide the crack with what looked like a black epoxy so it could be that that leached into the wood........or maybe i should have sent it back for repair under warranty :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: June 1st, 2018, 1:03 am 
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Well after all this time it's finally ready and in my hands tell me what you guys think.
:P :P :P :P
It has 50% fine metal flake in it but unfortunately it doesn't show its true beauty in the photos. The best picture that shows it off is the one of the headstock.

I think i'll look for a white truss cover to replace the black.


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Wow, that turned out great! As far as replacing the original Ricky truss rod cover - I'd say try to have the scratches buffed out... it' a nice contrast to the paint, and goes with your thumb rest...

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PostPosted: June 1st, 2018, 4:11 am 
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Holy Cow, that looks Amazing! Congrats! Just an Amazing Color! I would agree keep the Black Truss Rod cover.


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Absolutely brilliant!


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Now that’s fantastic! Great work! :D

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