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    Default 1934 Rickenbacker Tenor

    If you've got a spare five hundred grand this might be something you could buy.

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    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Yeah, replaced tuners and non-original case- make it $999-00. It 's anybody's guess what it is worth but even with the rest of the stuff. I would assume that the guitar was made by one of the Chicago makers- one of the faux resonator models would appear to be similar but in this case, a tenor guitar neck. Here is one- a few less dot markers and no pearloid overlay but the price is a little more down to earth!
    I can only assume that this $500K guitar was the one that Jimi Hendrix learned to play on! Interestingly, the guitar still has the name spelled Rickenbacher- no second K- a later change. The headstock shape looks a lot like that used by Regal at the time for some tenor guitars.

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    Indeed rare and cool, but not worth $500K

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    Default Re: 1934 Rickenbacker Tenor

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Mando View Post
    Indeed rare and cool, but not worth $500K
    Not even with the original tuners and case
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    In the ad they claim it is all original. Hmmmm.

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    Default Re: 1934 Rickenbacker Tenor

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlM View Post
    In the ad they claim it is all original. Hmmmm.
    They might be, maybe they just drilled all those holes in the back of the headstock for fun. Nah.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: 1934 Rickenbacker Tenor

    I love Rickenbackers (or in this case 'Rickenbacher') . . . but that one at that price? I'll pass - thank you.

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    Default Re: 1934 Rickenbacker Tenor

    Does have a "matching" period amp...

    Replaced headstock overlay, I assume? Don't know if the Waverly planetaries are original, but the "Swiss-cheese" headstock perforations would suggest that there should be a number of extra holes drilled right though.

    $500K is incredibly unrealistic, to state the obvious.
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    Default Re: 1934 Rickenbacker Tenor

    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    $500K is incredibly unrealistic, to state the obvious.
    I made an offer which was unceremoniously and quickly rejected.

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    Default Re: 1934 Rickenbacker Tenor

    Quote Originally Posted by brunello97 View Post
    I made an offer which was unceremoniously and quickly rejected.
    Don't leave us hanging - how much did you offer?
    - $450,000?
    - $45,000?
    - A 1965 Ric 360-12 and a $1,000 cash? (Even that would be too much!)

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    How about offering $499.000 . They may think you are offering $499,000 not $499 and accept it.

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    Here's my 34 Rik. 500,000 and it's yours.

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    Default Re: 1934 Rickenbacker Tenor

    Ooooh - a Ric frying pan! I wouldn't mind adding one of those to my collection (it would make a nice companion for my 1937 Model 59 lap steel) . . . but at $500,000 I'll have to pass. Thanks anyhow MMuller!

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