Classics with a power sound

Besides our line of Rikkers Waveline guitars we regularly build classics such as like the Stratocater, Telecaster, Thinline Tele, SG and ES335. In each of these Classic builds we take the opportunity to integrate modern insights regarding sound, looks and playing comfort. Often, guitar players owning for example a Strat or Tele come to our shop looking for a more dominant sound. Others want a brand new quality guitar that has the weathered, beat up look of a vintage. For every discerning fan of the guitar classics we’ll add something special to the authentic concept.

Rikkers Classic models

Quartersawn neck

Ever since the 50’s guitar necks are typically built of slab cut wood. This construction, however, doesn’t quite deliver the most stable and stiff necks. Therefore we build our necks of two quartersawn pieces of hard rock maple. Due to the greater neck stiffness our Classics sound significantly tighter and fuller.

Rikkers Classic models

Relic look

One of our specialties is building relic guitars. These Classics show all evidences of a turbulent club life. We submit them to a relentless relic treatment, making them hard to distinguish from vintage. This includes a badly weathered crackle paint with scratches, wear and tear in the right places. All chrome hardware parts get treated aggressively as well, making them worn and corroded as they should be on an old guitar.

Rikkers Classic models

Custom built

Each Rikkers Classic is a truly handmade guitar that can be suited entirely to your personal preferences, using the best tone woods and top quality pickups, electronics and hardware. Our custom made Classics are available as 6- and 7-string, and (no extra charge) left-handed.