NEW YORK: 1968 366/12 Restoration
This very rare Rickenbacker came from Asunción, Paraguay, in South America. At 40 years old, it was complete, but had suffered at the hands of Mother Nature--The climate has lots of rain, punctuated by frequent spells of dry heat.
The maple did its best to keep up with the changes, but eventually the grain was forced to open up, so neck and body joints were loose or, in one case, had been split, for decades.
Prospects for straightening the body with clamps and glue were very unlikely, as the body and neck had settled into their relationship, which could only be described as "symbiotic warpage".
Go through the photo essay at the right and see how I got this classic looking and playing like new again.