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  1. I have a brand new in box, never installed set of Lollar "The Broiler" pickups for Ric applications. I had intentions to try them out in my 360, but GAS has already stricken again. I think I can live with the hi-gains... This set new would run you $280 plus around $10 shipping (give or take). Looking for $200 shipped/paypal'd for this set.
  2. Synth?

    Yeah some good stuff there. ...and if you really want to geek out, the (now ancient, but still relevant) ARP 2600 manual actually offered a good primer on subtractive synthesis: http://guitarfool.com/ARP2600/Arp 2600 Owners Manual.pdf (love the diagrams/illustrations/scribbles)
  3. Gretsch puts out some real lookers. Some of those USA custom shops are jaw dropping! If only talent and money were no object...
  4. I have a MIJ 6121 from 2014. Beautiful guitar - fit and finish, fret dress, etc. all impressed me. Neck is medium carve, with a subtle soft V profile. It has the compensated, pivoting bridge which works well with the Bigsby. I didn't go to the lengths of pinning it, but I did use some violin rosin on the bridge feet when I put everything back together. Stays in place and holds tuning just fine. I bought this one on the cheaper side. The hardware and frets were mildly tarnished, but it cleaned up great. I'd do it again!
  5. Who gigs the "good stuff"?

    I gig what I consider to be my good stuff. Better believe I'm watching it like a hawk too... Instrumets never leave my side or line of sight.
  6. In the unlikely chance someone might have one sittin' around... I'd like to pick one up for my 360. Cheers
  7. I had an Epi Japan Tbird that was great! Pretty sure they are of similar ilk to the Orvilles and OBGs. Only sold it to help cover a '76.
  8. Synth?

    I like the white panels too (or black with bold white lettering - red, not so much). I have an old Oberheim synth with black lettering on white panels, and its easy on my tired old eyes. That Roland looks like a good bet for the money. Behringer DeepMind might be worth a look too, although the minimalist sequencer and lack of onboard drums might not give you everything you're seeking. And no... I'm not much of a Behringer fan either, but these seem to have gotten some decent press. I've had a Waldorf Q, which sounded wonderful. Not sure what prices are like these days, but I got mine for ~600ish at the time. Some of their stuff might be worth a peek (XTk, etc). Also had a Quasimidi Sirius for a while, which had very similar feature set to that Roland (inc. the vocoder). It's sound seemed a little too 'techo' for me, though.
  9. Ric 360

    Have you (or anyone else for that matter) tried that Mastery bridge? Looks like it could be an improvement, and I'm not really after jangle... That is one upgrade I'm thinking about doing.
  10. Ric 360

    I might be on that list now too
  11. Ric 360

    That would be my adult ADD kicking in... and first loves. Been around Ric basses too long. Speaking of Petty, I've always thought highly of Mike Campbell. Figured if he can make it work on a pencil neck freak of a guitar, then this little experiment would only be limited by my own (marginal) talents This thread would not have been complete without that pic! And I vote maybe 90% max
  12. Ric 360

    Ha - yeah no wonder they switched. Sometimes you can get lucky and adjust it without pulling the rods, but for any significant change in relief I usually had to go there. Gotta watch out on used 4001s, since people sometimes crank the nuts down trying to adjust it in the more traditional way. Seen a lot of them with cracks and fingerboard separation at the nut as a result. PITA, but I will say that they've been extremely stable once set. That was the first time I had done that with the '78 in 25 years, and it was only because I had switched string brands.
  13. Ric 360

    The 360 is pretty loud acoustically - and yeah, definitely has a sound and feel all its own. Got a great first impression from it, though, and so that was kind of a relief. That's why I trying so hard to find a bargain - just in case I ended up wanting to bail out. Saw the CME basses - some of those 4003s are pretty sweet. I wouldn't mind a shadow or blackstar, or something of that ilk... but dang - prices ain't what they used to be! That bass above is the 4001. Biggest difference with those was the hairpin truss rods. To adjust the neck, you actually pull 'em out, bend them into an arc, reinsert, manually muscle the neck into the desired relief and snug the bolts down to hold it in place. Whew! The 4003 later emerged with "normal" rods. Here are some shots I took while setting up my '78 Didn't have a pic of the actual "neck adjustment process" on that bass, but I do them like this - getting the neck relief in position with tie down straps lol. Bass below was a 4003 8-string, which adjusts like a Fender... but I had it on the same jig to fit interference plugs in the neck swimming pool. It had started folding in on itself due to structural weakness there (whole 'nother story!) For a while, I had three basses - the '73 4001 above, my '78 4001 in maple (had that since the late-80s), and that 4003s/8 8-string. The latter two are gone now. Definitely try before you buy. They're fun, but unique idiosyncratic creatures. I like them, but then I like old Gibson basses too - which have their own peculiarities
  14. Ric 360

    Had a bit of a sell-a-thon earlier this year, clearing out stuff I wasn't using much. This allowed me to grab a couple of guitars that have long been on the bucket list - a Gretsch 6121 (Terada made) and a Dallas-era Schecter PT. Been very happy with both of those! I had squirreled away some funds for Ric 360/6 as well... as I've lusted after those for most of my life. I know I've played a few over the past thirty years or so, but I honestly can't recall much about the experiences. I was hoping to find one locally in a store to try out first, just to see if I'd gel. I was kinda wanting something from the late 70s-early 80s timeframe, but the cost and general comments about the skinny necks and playability had me hot and cold while watching for them more seriously over the past couple of years. Couple weeks ago, a 2016 model surfaced at a price I couldn't ignore. It was none-more-black (err, "jetglo"; my favorite!), had those full width inlays which I dig, and I got it for 1200 and change shipped.... AND it came with a brand spanking new unopened set of Lollar Broilers. Not too shabby! I think I could get on fine with the hi-gains, and still debating whether to flip those Lollars or give 'em a go. Compared to the thrill of a new-Hamer-day, a new-360-day is probably not quite as exciting to witness; however, the neck was a huge (EUGE!) surprise. It's a bit Gibson-esque. D profile, and width at the nut is 1 11/16", 7/8" thick and it tapers up to (just shy of) 2 1/8" and 1" thick. Slightly narrow width at the heel (almost a dead ringer for my '78 Sunburst). Were the older ones like this? Maybe they chunked the necks up a bit in more recent times? At any rate, playability is great and it feels very familiar coming from (mostly) Gibson and Hamer territory. Here it is lounging with my ol' battle axe '73:
  15. Hall & Oates

    Always appreciated H&O for the guitar porn