Other Guitars

Are Rickenbacker True Hollow?

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I know I have a discussion on Ric pickups and could ask there but that’s beginning to be old and maybe I may get more responses here.

Are Rics full hollow or are they half hollow with the sound hole side hollow and the other side solid? I Googled this and I don’t see anyone mentioning this? Well I did but only twice and both were conflicting. One said it’s hollow only on the sound hole side and one said it’s hollow on both sides but a wood block down the center. One guy said it’s true hollow with no central block and one said they haven’t made a true hollow since the 50s. Which is it?

Thanks

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Mostly hollow. Rickenbacker bodies start as a two or three piece slab that is hollowed out from the from behind and then a back is glued on. In the vintage era (and on the C Series reissues), they were completely hollowed out and braced with either a single diagonal brace or X braces. Here's the inside of an old one:

On modern ones (I think starting in the early '80s?) the bodies were mostly hollowed out, but two parallel strips of wood left along the center to act as bracing. Here's what that looks like:

So, I would say yes, truly hollow, not half hollow nor centerblock construction.

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Afire, thanks for the info and pictures. They must be pretty light then.

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Pretty light, but there's still a decent amount of "meat" left over after the routing, so they're not quite as light as a traditional hollowbody made of thin laminate like a Casino.

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For solidbodies like the the kool 650... I had 4 of them, ranging from light to Heavy As Hell.

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ric 360 design is really super cool...it has a carved top and sides...and a flat panel back...unlike just about every other guitar....most are back plate, sides and a top added...360 has no sides! all part of top...no top binding

other beauty is the 381...the john kay model...has the beautiful german carve top...but thats put together in the more common fashion...with top binding, sides, and back

ric 360, a beautiful thing!!

cheers

ps- there was somebody on this forum way back who was making teles in that style...carved top tele n' sides with flat panel back...can't remember what his name/brand was, but they were cool too!!!...

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I often feel that Rickenbackers are like violins rather than guitars, modern and delicate.” -Pete Townshend

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I'd say they're closer to chambered than proper hollow bodies.

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I have a 2010 version of the 370/12 and I've always thought of it as "semi-hollow". Top & sides are one piece, routed out and the back is a second piece, set in and glued, then edged with the binding (always thought it would be very very cool if they could find a way to loose the binding and complete the "1-piece" illusion, but..)

A 8 pounds it's heavier than you might think, but nowhere near a Les Paul!

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ric 360 design is really super cool...it has a carved top and sides...and a flat panel back...unlike just about every other guitar....most are back plate, sides and a top added...360 has no sides! all part of top...no top binding

other beauty is the 381...the john kay model...has the beautiful german carve top...but thats put together in the more common fashion...with top binding, sides, and back

ric 360, a beautiful thing!!

cheers

ps- there was somebody on this forum way back who was making teles in that style...carved top tele n' sides with flat panel back...can't remember what his name/brand was, but they were cool too!!!...

– neatone

Well, not all of them. I have a 360 "OS" (old style) that is the same body design as a 330 but with binding on top and back. All the other 360 bits are there, shark teeth inlays, etc... I quite prefer that to the new style 360. Mine has toasters but this is a pic from Reverb of that aesthetic.

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360 designation has morphed thru different styles over the years ..im talking classic mcguinn type body design...presently...older 360's were single cutaway hollows!!

double sharp cutaways spells 330 to me...townsends rose morris version with f holes!!! super cool

cheers

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Oh yeah, a 360F is a grail guitar for me.

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bdaddy-yeah of course!! 360f...if only john hall would!

its beyond 60's beatle ric!!

cheers

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I'm sure not going to hold my breath

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And then there’s also the occasional checkerboard binding on the 300-series.

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I often feel that Rickenbackers are like violins rather than guitars, modern and delicate.” -Pete Townshend

– duojet55

yeah..hah

cheers

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Hey! My Les Paul isn't too much more than 8lbs!

I would say that Rickenbackers are more semi-hollow than truly hollow. The bracing is more substantial then most - it's more like the "bracing" in a thinline Tele. IE it's more like timber left from being routed than glued-in bracing.

Plus the entire body is routed out of solid maple and what's left is still quite thick. Maple is dense and (usually) heavy so the routing is probably equal parts tonal and weight reduction.

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From the pic, Pete clearly has the right idea.

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From the pic, Pete clearly has the right idea.

– Proteus

Well, Jimmy Wilsey (RIP) famously opined that Gretsches made great firewood. YMMV.

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Well, Jimmy Wilsey (RIP) famously opined that Gretsches made great firewood. YMMV.

– Bonedaddy

Saw him do a show about 7 years before he died. Loved his Strat.

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I often feel that Rickenbackers are like violins rather than guitars, modern and delicate.” -Pete Townshend

– duojet55

He said only smashed about 5 Ricks. BTW I'm lookin for a late 70s Rick 950 Fireglo

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FWIW my 360 is WAY lighter than the Strat, LP TV, or Pro Jet. i would estimate it's no more than 7.5 lbs., and probably a couple of ounces lighter than that.

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Don't forget that the neck continues through the body to the bridge so that makes the guitar heavier and less hollow too.

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Yavapai,

I been watching a lot of YouTube videos and that Ric appeals to me the most. The 381.

This one is vintage though


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