201 beatbyrd 8 months ago In defense of Rickenbacker...... They had around 30 to 40 guitars hanging in their booth (my estimate). My guess is that they want to do as little touch up as possible in order to sell the guitars as 'new'. They are not a large mass producer, so 30 to 40 instruments represents a higher percentage of their production than a lot of other manufacturers. I also believe that RIC is at NAMM 95% for the wholesale orders and 5% so that the unwashed masses can visually oogle their instruments.