- Feb 5, 2012
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But, the gist of it is as clear as water.
I'm not kidding, Dole.Lt Dave,
‘I’m a little slow on the draw, but did you post that Rics have a 20.7” scale? I ask because I find it hard to believe a guitar could have such a short scale and be payable! My collection runs in scale from 24” to 25.5”, with the 24” one being sold as a short scale guitar for smaller people (like me). One of my daughters has a 50’s Gretch Rambler that I think has a 23” scale, and that is the shortest scale I have heard of (excluding some of those “mini guitars”).
Damn! Remind me to NEVER challenge the Lt. to a game of guitar trivia.I'm not kidding, Dole.
The 325 started out in the Rickenbacker "Capri" family of instruments in 1958. Back then, it was called the 325 Capri. It had a 2 inch thick body, semi hollow, routed from the rear and a back cap put on. They all had 20.7 scales.
1959 saw a few adjustments and a few options. The body was now 1 3/4 " thick, semi hollow, split-level pick guard was added. A few options in pickups and tailpiece started to emerge. A "5" in Ric-speak usually means vibrato tailpiece.
There was a 310 two-pup, solid-trap tail, a 315 two-pup, vibrato tail. Still with the scale of 20.7.
1960 saw a big change. Maple was now used instead of Alder. Bubinga was now used for a fret board instead of paduak.
310, 315, 325, models were available, plus a new 320, three pup, solid-trap tail. no vibrato.
They also changed the PG from gold lucite to white plastic. Same with TR cover.
The vibrato on all models 1960 and on were made first by the Paul company, then they were made in-house in the same format, and called the Acc'ent. A vast improvement over the horrible Kaufmann that was on the 1958 and 1959 models.
The new model was called the "thinline" featured a 1 1/2" thick body. This was the config until they stopped making them in 1975 or so, but would still make them as a special order. These years of the 1960's they offered a sunburst model for import and called it the "slim line 1996".
I had one made special order for me in 1977. 20.7 scale.
I was a Ric 325 nut. The mystique around them fascinated me.Damn! Remind me to NEVER challenge the Lt. to a game of guitar trivia.
Mal, here's the thing on how it mattered to John Lennon, when he went into Steinway Musikhaus in Hamburg back in 1960 and found that 325 hanging on the wall.Dave that's really cool. Im sure I'd hate that scale length but still very cool