It took quite some effort I tell you, but first let me recount. I bought this Carcass of what used to be a Rickenbacker copy made by Ibanez, it had no pickups, pickguard and electronics, the only thing it did have were the elephant ear tuners and a bridge without the saddle. The original headstock plate was broken in half and only read "Iban" So why did I buy this old junker? First of all it was made in 1976; my brith year. Secondly it was of the extremely rare variety that had checkerboard binding, most Ibanez made Rickies came with plain white bindings. When I took it home I first put in a musicman Bass pickup and bolted a modern bridge on and played it in that condition for almost a year. Then last month I got a phonecall, a friend of mine had bought the electronics and hardware of a smashed up rick in order to replace a Jazz bass pickup that had been in the bridge position of his own rick with a genuine Rick bridge pickup. And he offered me the remainders of the electronics and hardware to restore my bass. By amazing coincidence, my local shop discovered a discarded Rick bridge pickup so there was the opportunity to restore my Ibanez with GENUINE RICKENBACKER PARTS! So once I had the parts together I began to work and discovered that I had to make a new pickguard since the Rickenbacker guard put the pickup at the wrong place in my bass (My Ibanez has a bolt on neck and so the neck pickup should be positioned lower than on a real Rick) but after stringing it up it prooved to be worth all the trouble, it sounds like a Rick, not like a copy but the real deal. I instantly have Geddy moments when strapping my IbaRick on, it's just as much a genuine Rickenbacker 4001 as it is a copy and it's an awesome bass all together. I'll post pictures of it as soon as I have them.