Chickenbacker 4004LK - (Chinese Rickenbacker Lemmy Kilmister Signature Replica)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Spidzior, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Spidzior


    Dec 22, 2011
    Has anyone here seen it?


    Doesn't look that bad. Obviously nowhere near the original, but it's 539$, while only 60 units of the real one were produced and now the prices are really high.


    What do you think about it?

    There was some talk about Chickenbackers on TB, but not this particular model. The regular ones vary in quality. I'm no Rickenbacker expert, but even to my untrained eyes on the ones I've seen dead giveaways are the bridges and crappy inlays.

  2. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    Well, if you like cheap and "crappy," you'll get what you pay for.
  3. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
    Pretty close copy..regardless its pedigree,I'd like to give it whirl.
  4. Spidzior


    Dec 22, 2011
    If you're addressing me, I have no intention of acquiring one. Simply thought someone here might be interesting, considering some already have purchased several Chickenbackers.

    If I was buying one, I'd probably order a custom replica from one on Polish luthiers. I guess it'd still be half the price of original 4003 and be done all to my liking. And I'm not saying I wouldn't prefer the original, I just can't really afford (or even need) one right now.
  5. steveinohio


    May 27, 2007
    I think they are cool and priced about right. Probably about the same craftsmanship as a Ric! Interesting to see.
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    If they make a 5 string model then I am interested.
  7. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012

    Now I'm laughing.
  8. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    That is your job!

    Interesting pickup choice on that one. Any guesses? Are they going to be PAF-style guitar pickups without the pole-pieces showing? Some sort of budget T-bird pickup?
  9. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
  10. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013
    I work as a buyer in manufacturing and I would just say be very wary of anything from DH Gate.

    Never bought any musical instruments from them but have had some nightmares with other parts from suppliers found on this site.

    Problem is, when they screw you over there is really nothing that can be done, not like you can file a small claims in Chinese court.

    Then you are out your 600.

    Also do not sell instruments (or anything else) to anyone overseas anymore-sold some vintage toys to a guy in Italy and customs destroyed them because they dont allow foreign toys into the country-I was out my 500.00.

    But back to this topic, I only order inexpensive instuments from US Dealers-it would be nice to find someone here in the states who could get items like this in for those who are interested.
  11. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013
    For example-Rondo music is cool, but if I saw the same instruments on DH Gate I would stay away.

    I would like to hear from any TBers who have had a good experience on DH Gate so we can get a list of reliable suppliers for everyone on this site!
  12. Spidzior


    Dec 22, 2011
    Polish luthiers would do any shape from your choice of wood, electronics etc cheaper than the cost of a regular 4003... Wouldn't risk buying Chinese copy even for fraction of the price.

    In the OP I've posted a link to thread with a guy displaying and reviewing his 5+ Chickenbackers bought there, but it was before they stopped accepting PayPal I think, now it's significantly more risky.
  13. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013
    Yes I agree-I have sent wire transfers for products through my work and then the factory closes and there is nothing you can do.

    Its one thing when a large company gets ripped off for 500-2K dollars but for most of us losing that much money would really suck.

    I know from my experience there are people in Asia who set up phoney companies and sell stuff on DH Gate or similar websites-get people to send them money and then disappear and set up shop under a different name-Asia doesnt not have the same laws as we do-many people do not realize this before taking risks.

    Remember-If it is too good to be tru-it probably is!

    Except Rondo-their stuff rocks!-lol
  14. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
    The real question is how does one pronounce the title of this thread?! :confused:
  15. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Most basses I've sold in 2013 have gone overseas. No problems at all. In fact, shipping overseas has allowed me to get more money for what I'm selling. A lot more.
  16. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Did anyone else get a somewhat smaller-scale rendition for sale? Pretty funny!
  17. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    John Hall's office this morning:

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  18. Now this made me laugh out loud!
    I surely don't have the experience that some do having only owned 3 RIC's in my life, but I can say that all three of them have had their issues.
    Laughing at these knock-offs without trying them seems kinda petty to me, given my challenges with original RICS, all brand new!
    Sure, no one is perfect, but after so many years of pounding out the same instruments, one would think that their attention to detail would be a little more forthcoming.
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  19. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland

    I think your story neatly demonstrates any problems with Rick QC. People will buy Ricks! You bought three! Rick special editions sell out quickly. There is often a waiting list for Ricks! At no point is the market sending them clear signals that their product needs improved or re-worked. Rickenbacker are like Alembic, they monopolise, entirely, a small area of the market. Cheaper copies present no real threat.
  20. Chicken-BAWK-er ;)