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Rick 12 Sting Build

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Hi all,

I've been lurking in the background and marvelling at all of the builds that people are doing. 

I'm in the home stretch my first build which is this double f hole thinline t type.  Just needs sanding and finishing.

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So I thought I'd start a thread here for my next build which is going to be a Rickenbacker 330/12 String but the neck width will be the same as the 660/12 neck.  I'm looking forward to learning from everyone on here.  

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Here's an update on the few things I've done so far. 

As I couldn't find any plans floating around the internet I drew my own in Illustrator.  I've printed these and will start making templates in the next couple of weeks.

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I was able to get a couple of replica toaster covers off eBay.  

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I picked up one of the Allparts Rick Style Bridges which I'll make new aluminium saddles for to suit the 12 string.

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I sourced some Alnico 2 1/4" Rod Magnets for the pickups.

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And I drew the toaster bobbin parts in Illustrator as well.

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Fortunately I actually know a guy with a 3D printer, so I drew the bobbin parts in Fusion 360 and sent him the file for him to do a test print.

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I need to make some adjustments and then we will print another test bobbin.

I'm only just getting into pickup winding and recently put together a budget pickup winder.

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I made a slight edit to the bobbin design.

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Printed

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Assembled

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Checking the layout and fit of pieces before making the harp and finishing the templates.

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wound yer own pickups and all?  awesome.  have always wanted to play one of these... looks like a cool build.  excited to see it progress.

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Oddly enough I bought plans from Australia Luthier Supplies about 5 years ago but they do not sell them any more.  It looks like you have a good handle on them though.  I was just looking for them and can't find them.  I made my own though.  I've built 3 or so of the old 360 model.  One 6 string and a couple of 12s.  Here are some drawings I did for the 360 Rose Morris.

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I was building this for an Engineer in California so I did a lot of CAD drawings to show him exactly what was going on.  I still have a neck that I will be using for a 12 string 660.

 

Cheers Peter.

 

 

 

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It's been a while since I've posted because I've been occupied with other life stuff but I got a chance to get back into some guitar stuff and start making the tailpiece.

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So I finished up the other part of the tailpiece.

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Having now made the two parts I know that they are looking ok and I'll mock everything up again when I make the working templates out of thicker MDF.  

I'll probably remake them both for the actual guitar as there are a couple of errors.  I put too small of a radius on the curve of the retaining bracket which means the harp is not moving freely enough when the two pieces are together and I had a few holes that wandered a bit from centre when they were drilled (that'll teach me for being lazy and not using a centre punch before drilling).

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On 3/25/2020 at 3:34 AM, ScottR said:

Nice!

Good to see you again.

SR

Thanks mate.  I hope to really get stuck into this build and my other build which is a Strat that I'm doing with all Australian timbers.  And I still need to paint the Tele.  Not enough hours in the day.

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