Guitar Gallery

88:- 881209- Darren’s Ricky 381- style guitar (2009)

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Darren approached me in the middle of 2009 to build a Rickenbacker- style guitar for him. As a Ricky owner, he wanted a 381- style guitar but with humbucking pickups while keeping the Ricky vibe.

The design was based on the 381 with the carved edge front and back but we reversed the headstock and fitted a Bigsby trem system. The pickups that Darren chose are GFS Retrotron “Memphis” units and the guitar was painted to match his Wine Red Les Paul. The construction was Ricky-based using a nice quilted maple top and with heavy white/black/white binding. The rosewood fretboard was inlaid with LP-style mother-of-pearl block markers .

53: – 53 0502 (2002)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

This is a PRS-shaped hollowbody with a ply top and back and pine ribs (or sides) with no shaping to top or back, with a glued-in mahogany neck and “f” holes. The guitar is fitted with a basic tailpiece and a tune-o-matic bridge and two basic P90 type pickups. This instrument reappeared in October, 2007 because the tailpiece-type stringing that the buyer requested caused the top (and back) to deform. The wraparound bridge system originally intended was refitted and the problem should now be solved.