Help! Is this a real Rickenbacker?!?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by i_try_to_bass, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. i_try_to_bass


    Oct 2, 2018
    Hello fellow bassists! First post on the forum, so thanks in advance for all your help and support :)

    As most of us do, I've been dreaming of owning a Rick 4001/4003 bass since I started playing. An ad came up on Offerup near me, and my jaw dropped. Not many details were given; the screenshot I included is all we have to work with save for seeing this thing in person.

    The guy has about 20 - 30 other guitars up for sale and is apparently trying to cut those numbers down. Even still, does this look legit to you Rickenbacker enthusiasts? Seems to me like a replaced pickup and bridge, but I've been a Fender guy up until now, so I've only held a 4003 in a Guitar Center. Plus he's a gigging musician, so theres a chance he just swapped some parts out (would be replaced with genuine Ric parts again). Screen Shot 2018-10-02 at 1.18.42 AM.png
    But if the consensus is that this puppy is legit, I'm bringing it home.
  2. flojob

    flojob Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    No idea, but if it’s real, that’s a good price
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  3. bobomatic


    Jan 15, 2018
    Run, don’t walk. It doesn’t get more fake than that. People SUCK.
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  4. Jeff Scott

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

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!

    Keeeeeeeeel da Monshter!!!

    Hope this helps.
  5. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Unfortunately, yes it does. ;) :D
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  6. MrMoonlight

    MrMoonlight Bottom feeder

    Sep 2, 2008
    Fake. Absolutely no doubt.
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  7. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    Might not be a real Ric but it looks better than just about every Ric I've seen. ;)
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  8. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Northern Nevada, U.S.
    Not even close to real.
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  9. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    Bridge pickup is too far back, the bridge is Chinabacker.

    Nice bass, but not a real Ric (and overpriced too IMO).
  10. subdude67


    Jan 18, 2010
    Nobody would sell a real Ric in that condition for 500 dollars!
  11. Tvrtko


    Dec 27, 2002
    South of the USA
    You can get a brand new from China for $350
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  12. i_try_to_bass


    Oct 2, 2018
    Alright, thanks for the input. I was hoping this was a good deal as I've struck a few before, but my suspicions were right. Glad to have dodged a bullet.
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  13. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Your basic Chickenbacker. This (again) confirms that counterfeiting isn’t always a victimless crime. The Bozo seller probably paid under $400 for it, and knows damn well it’s a fake, but still tries to foist it off as real with a little price padding in the mix. I’ve played one, they don’t sound much like a Ric, and the fret work sucked.
  14. Tvrtko


    Dec 27, 2002
    South of the USA
    In the times when everything is FAKE, it is not surprise. I don't have problem with people who are buying it for personal use from China. But, I have problem with people trying to sell it as the real one.
    Guy obviously doing a little side job with Chinese guitars, based on OP description...
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  15. Don't slap the bass, punch the seller.
  16. dennis james

    dennis james

    Jun 30, 2018
    chicago area
    The guy probably has some ocean front property in Arizona for sale at a real good price too.
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  17. Tom Gallo

    Tom Gallo Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2015
    Outside Boston
    Aside from the things people have mentioned a real rickenbacker tuxedo bass has a white fingerboard.

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  18. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Nobody sells a Ric for $500. That should be your first clue.
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  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I will keep collecting until I have 40 basses
    Chinese faker
  20. Plus: ad says it’s a “Model 500,” but it clearly is (or is trying to be) a 4000-series bass.

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