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    Rickenbacker owners, how high is your bridge?

    Quick question:


    How low do you 620/660 and similar RIC owner fellows set up your bridges?


    Mine is set pretty high, and still when I bend the high E string on the 16th or 18th fret it gets muted by the next fret.


    AFAIK the truss rod doesn’t help bends that high up the scale.


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    Re: Rickenbacker owners, how high is your bridge?

    Your neck may need a skosh more relief.
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    Re: Rickenbacker owners, how high is your bridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by phantomman View Post
    Your neck may need a skosh more relief.
    I thought about that but would it help above the 14th fret? I was wondering if it wouldn’t be a matter of raising the bridge

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    Re: Rickenbacker owners, how high is your bridge?

    You could try raising the bridge but then you run the risk of the overall action being too high,

    Do you know any competent luthiers where you live?
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    Re: Rickenbacker owners, how high is your bridge?

    |I was just playing mine and thought about this thread. Mine's not a 600-series - it's a 330, but |I checked the bridge and the bass side is at a good 5mm - about 1/4", plus or minus. The treble side is maybe a touch lower, but I didn't measure it; this is just by eye.
    The action still is pretty low, but I don't get any fretout anywhere up the neck.
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    Re: Rickenbacker owners, how high is your bridge?

    Ricks really aren't designed for bending.
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    Re: Rickenbacker owners, how high is your bridge?

    Maybe not all Ricks. I played 2 models, my wife’s uncle’s Lennon 325 and my 620.

    The 325 feels indeed a bit too short for soloing but my 620 has one of the fastest necks I’ve ever played. It is more comfortable than a SG and I don’t think I’d have any problems even if I were a shredder.

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    Re: Rickenbacker owners, how high is your bridge?

    Fret rocker your frets. Yes Rics are weird, but the same rules apply. Before doing anything, see if there is a proud fret.

    id measure my 360/12 but I suffered the dreaded R tailpiece explosion. Replacing with a Winfield Harp. Actually when employed again, it’s off to Mark Arnquist for a complete service. He is absolutely the best person to work on Rics.
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    Re: Rickenbacker owners, how high is your bridge?

    Check out some of the twoodfrd videos. He mainly works on acoustics, but the principles are the same. He is always measuring the neck relief at the 12th fret, the nut height and the bridge height. I don't think I've seen him work on a ric, but he has recently worked on several electrics.

    Is it possible you have a high fret somewhere high on the neck?
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    Re: Rickenbacker owners, how high is your bridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Smith View Post
    Is it possible you have a high fret somewhere high on the neck?
    +1

    It's why I mentioned having a competent luthier take a look at the guitar.

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    Re: Rickenbacker owners, how high is your bridge?

    If you have a short straight edge that will span 3 frets, place it on top of 3 frets on both the high and low E sides of the neck and see if it will rock back and forth, starting at the body end of the neck, and work your way towards the headstock by moving the straight edge one fret at a time. You may need a slightly longer straight edge once you get to the frets that are spaced further apart.
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    Re: Rickenbacker owners, how high is your bridge?

    Thanks, friends. I’ll check for tall frets and run a full setup if necessary.

    I was wondering about a simple bridge tweak because the action is comfortable and these bridges are very different from other brands’s. I was curious about how high other owners leave theirs.

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