This A-22 is an interesting one ... The story goes that it was a test
unit for the addition of the tone control in '35. A 2" hole was bored into the
cast aluminum "pan" for easier access to its "inerds" ...
This has a "ground wire-less"
set up ... only a lead wire went to the pots and jack .... No ground wire at
all. One of the slug pole pieces was the dedicated ground ... grounding
the bobbin to the mounting plate. Jason Lollar had to rewind the bobbin ... its output was there but
LACKING ... it's not lacking anymore !!! This one has that yellowish lacquer finish .... it's
missing in spots so it looks beat up ... but it's not. It was bought in a yard
sale in Fullerton, CA ... close to the Rick factory ... in the early 70's. It
sat in the guys closet for the next 30 yrs.
finally found one ... a long scale (25.5") frypan. Its "blonde" krinkle paint has discolored abit ...
but she's in great shape. Playin'
this long rascal ...is a whole different ballgame. It sustains into "next year"
Meet "RickZilla" ... The body & neck are from an Ebay auction of a
"volume only", "players side" jack B6 ... there are no grooves in the bridge ...
I LOVE that. The plates are
from another B6 ... they were rusty white ones. The "3 on a strip" tuners are from another Ricky
that could take "singles" in trade. The mounting hardware/knobs came from a postwar
Ricky Ebay auction ... The Ricky
logo is a sticker my buddy made me ... Finally ... the most powerful horseshoe magnets to
date ... A 830 gauss (mid-gap) H-Shoe ...... puts this steel in a category all its own.
a patent pending B6 ... it got hurt bad at the jack ... but the repair was done
well ... The Pickup had been rewound ... it had to be re-rewound again
. They also altered the positioning of the tone control ... away from
the players side ... a bad aftermarket "patch job" ... but better from a players
point of view.
is probably the most "mint" steel I have. It NEVER leaves the
museum. It came with the original receipt from the Aloha Conservatory of
Music in Detroit ... sold in 1938.
model is extremely important ... historically speaking. They are referred
to by some as "Wartime" B6s and feature some of the first true
modifications in design. The magnets are still 1.5" and the strings
still load "thru the body" .... but the neck design was changed ... There
is also a reported change in the bakelite composition to improve the
brittle nature of this polymer ... possibly the second such change
??? The chrome plates were changed to white celluloid to
conserve metal for the war ... Also in an effort to conserve for the war ....
the thickness of the magnets was changed to 1/8" (as opposed to 5/32" in most
prewar "shoes") . This is actually not a substandard thing
... a better grade of cobalt steel was used ... and these magnets exhibit a
greater flux density when charged. This one also came with the original
receipt ... from the same Conservatory as the '38 B6 ... How cool is that
!!! A couple of the celluloid plates were damaged ... so I
replaced them all ... with metal ones from another B6.
'37 Silver Hawaiian
my very first guitar. I bought it from Ed's Guitars in Miami Fl. in the early
80's . It is a patent pending version .... notice the chrome plated brass
nut & bridge. These were switched to bakelite in the later models. The
hollow, chrome plated brass body produces a wonderful "scooped" sound.
'39 Silver Hawaiian
model Silver ... notice the bakelite nut & bridge. The audience side
tone/vol knobs have become the standard by this time ... What can I
say ... I like Silvers ... and this one is a beauty !!
An extremely rare double neck 7 string steel. These had bakelite
necks and cast aluminum bodies .... kinda "half A-22" & "half-B6".
Identical to one I saw in a Rick catalog from 1938 ... It had terribly chewed up
bridges (I hate files in the wrong hands) .... I fixed it with PC7 epoxy (good
stuff) ... You noticed I only have six strings on the necks ...
my flatwounds were backordered when I took these
'41 Model 59
Model 59 was the "Original" student model steel guitar. They have the
same 1.5" horseshoe magnets (painted, not chromed) as their siblings but
utilized a non-adjustable (height) pickup unit. The cord was hard-wired onto the
potentiometers ... no 1/4" jack. They featured a variety of color schemes
... this one is a cool "black to white" sunburst body & magnets. This
particular steel was stuffed with the LA Times ... Oct. 27, 1941. Probably the
last year they were ever produced ... this near mint condition beauty disputes
the reports that the later Model 59s utilized adjustable pickups.
The Model 59 gave rise to the postwar Model NS after WWII. Since the
hard-wired cord was already replaced with a modern one ... I went ahead and
installed a 1/4" input jack ...