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Club RickenFaker / FakenBacker - Show Your Fake Rics!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quadzilla, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    It’s using the trademarked logos primarily, so if it says Rickenbacker on the headstock and it’s not a Ric, it can’t be sold here. The same goes with basses with Fender waterslide decals added.
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  2. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I disclose nothing
    that sounds fair
  3. 69'Vette


    Jan 28, 2003
    Provo, UT
    Thank you! That's what I figured it was, but I wanted to be sure; and that makes perfect sense.
  4. Aceonbass

    Aceonbass Commercial User

    Apr 10, 2004
    Logos are copyrighted. Body and headstock shapes are trademarked. Both are legally protected, but enforcement is up to the copyright/trademark owner. Our legal system will do nothing till alerted by the IP owner. If said owner does not enforce their IP rights, they will lose them like most other instrument manufacturers did in the 1970's.
  5. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Such a cool faker....
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  6. StudioGC

    StudioGC Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    Very nice! That's exactly what I did with my Rickenfaker and it sounded great.
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  7. ChickWithaRic


    Feb 19, 2021
    I want to play this game. Here's mine. It's the old, discontinued, Pitbull Guitars kit. Set neck, basswood body, chunky neck. All I used from the kit was the woodwork and the neck pickup, which will be replaced with a Retrovibe soon. Tuners are Guyker, surprisingly good quality. The bridge is the generic rickenfaker one, I turned the saddles round so it would intonate and shimmed them up to follow the neck radius. Treble pickup is a Seymour Duncan in a custom surround. It's wired exactly to Ric's own schematic - the Pitbull wiring is Les Paul wiring and it just doesn't work. Graphtec nut. Control knobs are genuine Ric as far as I can remember - they've been hanging round a while.

    It was my COVID project last summer. I'd had the kit and all the parts for a while but never did anything with it. I made my own template for the headstock shape, not an exact copy, it's a more relaxed shape. I also had to make a routing template for the SD pickup. The Pitbull comes routed for a Jazz Bass pickup. I had the whole thing professionally clearcoated, but I'd always intended to do something a little bit more fun with the finish. You either love it, or hate it. I love it.




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  8. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Nice job on the artwork, that’s pretty cool. Another super-light string user I see, I used to have the same Funkmasters on my Steinberger, but they don’t make them in double ball anymore. They bend like butter! :D
  9. ChickWithaRic


    Feb 19, 2021
    I really enjoy the light gauge and "hot" sound of the Funkmasters on my real and fake Ric, but on my other bass I use Rotosound Nexus in a more conventional gauge. I think it's because I like to strap the Rics on low and play them with a pick, throwing chords around and generally being a hooligan. The Ric slab body screams out for a heavy pick. It's far too uncomfortable to play nice with. I only wish Rotosound would make the funkmasters and the Nexus without the silk windings. They just go scruffy and look awful after a while.
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  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I disclose nothing
    perfect finish for a faker
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  11. ChickWithaRic


    Feb 19, 2021
    I thought so. Why recreate the original, when you can have fun instead?
  12. Got this for Japanese 4003 copy for $250 last week. The neck PU was dead, but I unwrapped it and resoldered the coil wires to the leads and it’s measuring about 7K.

    Someone did a cheesy fretless conversion using filler. I’m going to refret it cause you can’t really get clang without frets. That fingerboard is a thick slab!

    That treble surround is not going back on. Any ideas on where to get one that doesn’t cost more than the bass? I could get a piece of 1/8 aluminum and make one.

    An old friend passed away a couple of years ago and his brother gave me his parts collection, which included 4003 parts:a pickup cover, bridge saddle, mute, a set Rick branded tuners, and 3 Rick TRCs. So now I have a place for the tuners.:D
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  13. ChickWithaRic


    Feb 19, 2021
    Check out Retrovibe in the UK for their Slim Jim treble PU surround. David, the owner, is a very cool guy, super easy to deal with and very friendly. You might even wanna check out their pickups, Paul Gray of the Damned has been using them for quite a long time now. I have one on order myself.

    I'd also be tossing that bridge and going for a Hipshot, but that's half what you paid for the bass so maybe not.
  14. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    good project bass
  15. MirandM

    MirandM Married to my bass. Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2019
    Allparts also has a dropin replacement bridge at around $80, not a hipshot but you'll get rid of the lift.
  16. I’m in Canada, so that Hipshot would probably cost more than the bass!

    Hmmm have to find out what shipping would be from the UK to Vancouver.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2021
  17. Just remembered I also have these:
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  18. Are they? I’ve had them for a long time, but have no idea how I ended up with them:thumbsdown:
  19. Look them up on Reverb or eBay.
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