Help ID a Fake Rickenbacker

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  1. BadJazz

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    I have stumbled upon a fake Rickenbacker bass and need the help of the TalkBass masses to ID it. This seems really well made in some regards, and kinda lame in others. Mainly the finish. Here is a flood of pictures:

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    This is an undershot of the bridge pickup.
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  7. BadJazz

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    This one is interesting: Each knob has a small, machined dent to show where the knobs should align.
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  11. OldDirtyBassist

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    You sure it's a fake? It looks like an early 70's example with a pickup mod.
  12. greybeard125

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    I agree. Looks like a 70's 4001 that's been taken down to refinish & mod.
  13. awilkie84

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    If it is a fake, it's very well built!
  14. CrunchyFrog

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    It's definitely a faker, but one of the nice ones. Paying attention to the details, I don't know how anyone could believe this to be an authentic Rickenbacker.

    Pickups, tuners, jackplate, pots, pickguard, inlays, and, most importantly, the routing are all atypical.

    Still, should be a nice bass when cleaned and set up.
  15. grenadilla

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    IT is real, with rare "wavey" Grover machines. I had a 1970 with those machines. The back of that bass sure beats the front!
  16. SteveV74

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    It says Rickenbacker, why do u think its fake? Doesnt the Ibanez copy have a bolt-on?
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    It would say 'Rick-o-Sound' on the stereo output if it was real

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  18. mapleglo

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    Hmmm, it even has the dreaded "binding bleed" that some of the mapleglo's exhibit. Can you get a better shot of the jack plate and serial number? That should identify the year, which will also allow a match/mismatch to the neck pickup to control cavity rout. Earlier models have that cut with multiple drill holes, later ones with a router or CNC.
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    Op here. thanks to all for the info. one thing I didn't mention was that it has one truss rod. Don't all rick basses have two truss rods?
  20. lowphatbass

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    I have a neck-through "reproduction" that looks pretty similar to that. I think yours has a conveniently replaced truss-rod cover. Mine also has a single truss-rod. Ibanez did make some neck through models I think, oddly enough mine has some Japanese characters hand written in one of the pickup routs that translates to "Washburn".

    Here's mine-
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/nbd-another-rick-copy-999095/

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