Jon visits the Rickenbacker Factory, page 1 of 2...
Here's a picture of John Hall, telling us about the early history of the Rickebacker company.
In the background you can see some of the guitars on the wall of the amazing Rickenbacker Museum.
John Hall takes jon (bunnybass jon) on a walking tour of the Rickenbacker Factory.
On the left is the huge shipping department, with completed basses and guitars ready
to be sent to musicians all over the world. On the right is where the workers at the
factory eat lunch. The roof shingles are a nice touch...
John and jon watching the gigantic computer controlled machine do it's thing.
This machine is really cool - it can cut very complex shapes (including carved tops)
in three dimensions, and even changes tools and routing bits by itself.
Actually, it's more like a bass-making "robot!"
Here's a close up shot of John Hall holding some of that cute-looking black/white
"checkerboard" binding that we love so much. This binding is specially made for
Rickenbacker in Germany by glueing hundreds of thin square sheets (each one is
1 meter x 1 meter in size) of alternating black or white plastic on top of each other.
This is repeated until a 1 meter cube is created. This cube is then cut with a laser
into tiny strips to produce the binding you see here. That's a lot of binding.
The cost of each cube? A quarter of a million dollars!
(But like we said - that's a lot of binding!)
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