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

Repairing back center seam

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

Handwritten label found inside Joseph F. Ricker 1912 bass.

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