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are rickenbacker basses more popular than their guitars?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bon viesta, Dec 16, 2020.


  1. Paul New

    Paul New Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2004
    deepest alabama
    Eh, R&R was here a long time before them, they just made it OK for adolescent girls. They did do that with rick guitars.
     
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  2. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Who would that be?
     
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  3. Sadly that's not the case in the UK. Looking more at $2200 I would say when discounted
     
  4. NeonVomit

    NeonVomit

    Jan 29, 2013
    Cyprus
    Never tried a Ric, would like to, they look cool but from what I've read they're definitely a 'try before you buy' deal. Expensive this side of the pond too.
     
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  5. Roger W

    Roger W Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2019
    Baltimore USA
    The list of bands using Rick guitars includes: early Beatles, Byrd’s, Jefferson Airplane/Starship (Paul Kantner on 12 string), Steppenwolf, REM, The Smith’s, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Smitherines. I’m sure there many I have no idea about.
     
  6. ProbablyTooLoud

    ProbablyTooLoud

    Aug 1, 2020
    Atlanta
    The Rutles.
     
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  7. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Eastern Washington
    Endorsing Artist: Turnstyle Switch
    The most interesting Rickenbacker guitar I have ever seen belonged to a neighborhood friend of mine back in 1975. It had the same body shape as a 4001 bass, and the frets were slanted, kinda like a Dingwall at about the 15th fret except all the frets were at the same angle all the way down the neck.

    I saw him a few years after high school, and asked him if he'd be interested in selling it to me. He told me it had been stolen.

    (If I was to ever catch a guitar thief, I'd be seriously tempted to break all of his fingers.)
     
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  8. ProbablyTooLoud

    ProbablyTooLoud

    Aug 1, 2020
    Atlanta
    Eh, didn't say that invented it. It's a fact they were the first international rock and roll superstars.
     
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  9. DTRN

    DTRN

    May 10, 2019
    Twin Cities, MN

    Do some research. R&R started its roots long before in the good ole US of A. Like several decades before.
     
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  10. ProbablyTooLoud

    ProbablyTooLoud

    Aug 1, 2020
    Atlanta
    Read my post. Didn't say they invented it.
     
  11. lizardking837

    lizardking837

    Jan 28, 2009
    I'd love to buy a faithful lawsuit bass. There are a lot of cool copies floating around.

    The guitar player in my current band has a few Greco Les Paul's that sound as good as his Gibsons.
     
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  12. OllyW

    OllyW

    Oct 10, 2017
    Stourbridge, UK
    I think the chances of getting a new Ric bass for less than £2K in the UK have long gone. We're probably paying more for them second hand than they go for new in the USA.
     
  13. Thankfully I got mine in 2018 before the big price hike. I paid £1700 new.
     
  14. Koshchei

    Koshchei

    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    Rics hold their value really well. When there aren't any new ones available in a region, you can count on the asking prices of the used ones meeting and then exceeding new prices. Why? It takes a year or two for Rickenbacker to fulfill dealer orders. I read an interview with John Hall a few years ago, estimating that demand was more than eight times higher than their actual production numbers.

    Note for any Canadian customers on the hunt: There are currently three (a matte mapleglo 4003 and two 4003S) in the Peterborough L&M, which is pretty unprecedented.
     
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  15. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    luckily for me, i LIKE the 4003s better. i don’t like the look of binding, nor the diamond inlays really. give me that natural ricky please!!! once i hand over the money first though... :crying:
     
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  16. StudioGC

    StudioGC Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    London
    Links to those deals?
     
  17. bon viesta

    bon viesta

    Dec 10, 2020
    again another mildly off topic little thing, but anyways i don’t know about any of you but i have amassed quite a few nicknames for rickenbacker instruments, let’s see... ricky bass, rick bass, ricken bass (seldom used), and my personal favorite... RICKO BASS! who said it just had to be rick-o-sound? i wonder if anyone else is as weird as me :hyper:
     
  18. Englishman

    Englishman

    Apr 26, 2017
    Detroit
    Rics came out in 57, P bass was 51
     
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  19. Englishman

    Englishman

    Apr 26, 2017
    Detroit
    Depends on how deep you dig for the roots, you can go back to caveman days. Actual Rock and Roll debuted as a single "Rocket 88" in 1951.
     
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  20. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    Wisconsin
    That would be the Rickenbacker 481 :

    The Right Slant on a Rickenbacker (Vintage 1973 Rickenbacker 481 Electric Guitar) | MyRareGuitars.com
     
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