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vcartier's picture
Bloomfield, NJ
Oct 2005
10 years ago

The cost of a Rickenbacker is a tad out of my financial abilities at this time. As an alterntative, I am thinking of installing two, maybe three Rickenbacker toaster pickups on my low end Ibanez archtop to try to get that early British sound. Will think that will work?

'52 Re-issue Blonde Tele
Martin DCX-1E
Ibanez AF-75 artcore
Hot Rod Deluxe

nyrkickazz1's picture
New York City
Oct 2003
1 year ago

Originally posted by vcartier
The cost of a Rickenbacker is a tad out of my financial abilities at this time. As an alterntative, I am thinking of installing two, maybe three Rickenbacker toaster pickups on my low end Ibanez archtop to try to get that early British sound. Will think that will work?

I'm not sure if it'd work. Rickenbacker mounts their pickups on top of the guitar, while basically every other guitar has the pickups mounted in the guitar. But, by all means, experiment away. The cheapest place for them is http://www.music123.com .

Quote:

"Rickenbackers make you think in melodies rather than blues scales." - Roger McGuinn

My stuff.
Rickenbacker 4003/4001 conversion project.

ScutFarkus's picture
Hillsborough, NJ
Nov 2003
9 years ago

Guitar Fetish has the Liverpool Vintage pickup which sounds kind of in between a Ric toaster and a Gretsch pickup. I have one in a 335 style guitar and I love it. It has a really great early Beatles sound. I would definitely say to go for that. Here's a link: http://store.guitarfetish.com/livialhuch.html

Guitar: '62 RI Jazzmaster or 1968 Harmony H-72 or SX SST62 Short Scale w/ GFS Pro Tube Lipstick PUP or Ibanez Jet King w/ GFS Vintage Split and Brooklyn PUPS or Douglas SH-90 w/ GFS Liverpool and Dream 90 PUPs or Squier Affinity Strat -> BYOC Tonebender -> Super Chile Picoso -> Ernie Ball VP Jr. -> TU-2 -> French Toast -> DD-3 -> Mini Q-Tron -> Intelliphase -> Phase 90 - > SD-1 (w/ Chocolate mod by IndyGuitarist) -> ReezaFRATzitz -> USA Big Muff Pi -> Vox V848 -> OC-3 -> Small Clone -> Philtre -> Tap Tremolo -> 1965 Silvertone 1457 (I'm in a tiny dorm now)

billygoatmersh's picture
Aug 2005
10 years ago

I was considering doing the exact same thing with my artcore, how would one go about inserting the pickups since they usually mount in the guitar?

vcartier's picture
Bloomfield, NJ
Oct 2005
10 years ago

Thanks for the suggestions. I took a glance at the Liverpool pickups, they sounded good and may be the best of the Beatles worlds of between the Ric and Gretsch. They are also at a good price point. Still, the toasters are sweet....

'52 Re-issue Blonde Tele
Martin DCX-1E
Ibanez AF-75 artcore
Hot Rod Deluxe