Rickenbacker B-6

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Rickenbacker

Description Bakelite Lap Steel with !-1/2 inch horse shoe magnet pickup.
Posted By Bill North (12505)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 5/16/2008, Bill North (12505) posted:
Overall Rating:
Ummmm... If I had a time machine then I'd be picky. I consider myself very lucky to get this one.
Model Year: 1948
Features:
Steelers soul classic. Made in USA Bakelite body with wider 1-1/2 inch horse-shoe pickup 3 Octave 22 1/2" scale 1 volume 1 tone controls Bakelite body and neck with metal accent plates.
Playability:
Total vintage tone machine for those interseted in "the sound" found in the early steel recordings. It's voice is glassy smooth with an unbelievable "touch" for expressive tone accents. It is chunkier than my Fender Champ, but it repays you with a more solid feel. (The strings are much closer to the neck) This guitar is 5 years older than me. I love it.
Sound Quality:
I play it through my Mark IV. That big horse shoe pickup is remarkably rich and expressive to your touch. It's great for Country Swing or Rock. Silky and glassy, almost ethereal. It's a single coil so it's noisy if you sit right against the amp, but less noisy than my Telecaster or Champ. I will not mod this instrument under threat of death !!!! The only thing new is some solder I used to re-attach the loose capacitor in the tone circuit.
Durability:
I had to re-solder the tone control capacitor, but no new parts were required. Bakelite neck needs no adjustment. There is some expasion and contraction when going between climate extremes, but just let it sit for a while and adjust to the temp and you're good to go. Get them before everyone starts jacking up those prices like they did with the early Telecasters and Les Pauls.