Joseph F. Ricker 1912

This Joseph F. Ricker double bass had been stored in an unheated cabin for 25 years in northern Michigan. I regret having to strip and varnish this bass, however, the original varnish was flaking and peeling off of the instrument. I think the results were worth the loss of the original varnish, evidenced by the stunning wood grain pattern on the back. 

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(17 photos)

Joseph Ricker top before varnish
Joseph Ricker top before varnish
Joseph Ricker back before varnish
Joseph Ricker back before varnish
Joseph Ricker scroll graft
Joseph Ricker scroll graft
Joseph Ricker scroll graft
Joseph Ricker scroll graft
Joseph Ricker setting neck
Joseph Ricker setting neck
Joseph Ricker back
Joseph Ricker back

Repairing back center seam

Joseph Ricker back before
Joseph Ricker back before
Joseph Ricker back after
Joseph Ricker back after
Joseph Ricker top before
Joseph Ricker top before
Joseph Ricker top plate after
Joseph Ricker top plate after
Joseph Ricker soundpost patch before
Joseph Ricker soundpost patch before
Joseph Ricker soundpost patch after
Joseph Ricker soundpost patch after
Joseph Ricker finished
Joseph Ricker finished
Joseph Ricker stunning back finished
Joseph Ricker stunning back finished
Joseph Ricker back complete
Joseph Ricker back complete
Joseph Ricker side completed
Joseph Ricker side completed
Joseph Ricker label
Joseph Ricker label

Handwritten label found inside Joseph F. Ricker 1912 bass.