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Is thetopguitars.com legit?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by southpaw723, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. southpaw723


    Oct 20, 2013
    I've been looking on the web for some kind of cheaper Rickenbacker 4003 style bass and I came across thetopguitars.com. I'm a lefty and it was weird to see that they have many different finishes for these Rickenbacker basses. I'm not too sure that these are real Rickenbackers though considering they were $420.00. They say Rickenbacker on the headstock, but I think there is something fishy going on here. Anybody have any experience with this website or any of their products?:meh:
  2. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    I have no experience with the web site. But at that price you can be sure they are not real Rickenbackers. The company behind the web site is a consortium of Chinese factories. I would bet they are not authorized sellers of Rickenbacker basses.
  3. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Faker than a $3 bill!
  4. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Definitely fake.
  5. southpaw723


    Oct 20, 2013
    I know it's not a real Rick now but do you think it is a safe site to order from?
  6. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef Formerly "thebrian" Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    I would never support a business that, just because they are overseas, feels it's perfectly ok to steal another company's trademarked design and profit on it. Shame on people for buying this 2nd hand crap. And that's exactly what it is. Crap.
    Doctor Hugocat and nickireckless like this.
  7. TinyE


    Jan 31, 2013
    Look at the pickup cover and bridge. They look very cheap. I've seen much higher quality chickens than these for the same price or less
  8. TinyE


    Jan 31, 2013
    I took one to the cart. They knock 100 off for pre - Christmas. That actually may not be a bad deal if they don't sound like a flat tire at 50 mph
  9. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    did you read the description on that rick?

    "First Class Guitar , Very Good Company, I Would buy from this Company again"

    anyone who uses a space BEFORE a comma is a robot.
    organworthyplayer337 likes this.
  10. southpaw723


    Oct 20, 2013
    I'm pretty sure the inlays on the fretboard are upside down.....
  11. Thrillhouse

    Thrillhouse Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Considering this is a website/company that lies about selling counterfeit merchandise, my first instinct would be to say no, it probably is not a safe site to order from.
  12. southpaw723


    Oct 20, 2013
    Yeah, I'm definately not going to order from them.
  13. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    That's basically it. I've bought a couple of cheapo Chinese instruments just for fun (AK47 Guitar, 6 string fretless ABG) and my warning is not to expect much, Chances are they won't even work properly without a rework and even then the materials will be so cheap as to make it not worth the effort...well sort of.

    What I mean is that if you are looking at this as a cheap way to get even an approximation to a real Ric bass, forget it. Everything will just be too shoddy and cheap to even be possible to seriously upgrade.

    On the other hand, if you just want an educational project where the money is spent to just have something to saw and drill on to find out "what is it with a Ric anyway?" then these fill the bill. Or as in the case of my AK47 guitar you just want it for looks and realize it's just a stage prop, well that's fine too.

    But as a warning let me say that my 6 string ABG came defective where the B string can't be heard through the pickup at all and serious mods by me only made it slightly better. serious design flaws somewhere. Construction was OK, but I had to refinish the entire instrument. Truss rod would not adjust enought to give a decently low action. Personally I loved the concept of a 6 string ABG and the education it provided easily justified spending a couple of hundred bucks to give me the experience.

    But a Chinese deal of the century. Don't kid yourself.
  14. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    ^^ Amen. Everything you need to know right there.
  15. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    My REAL Ric 4003 is issue-fraught enough as it is, thank you very much.
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  16. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Did you see the list of "authorised USA brands" they have? :eyebrow:
  17. jacksmith_009


    Aug 6, 2014
    They took the pics from aliexpress and sell them at the price 3 times higher than aliexpress, f**king cheating!!
  18. gully_jones

    gully_jones Stone cold groovy man Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2012
    Yeah, good luck with that.
  19. It's down to morals, beliefs and legality - and risk. I've got a few and I'm glad I bought them. My genuine guitars are certainly better made, but for one project I needed a fretless, and the one I have sounds horrible and it's ancient. I saw a musicman 5 string fretless for silly money, and bought it from alien press. It came with round wound strings, so I put a set of flats on it and it's really nice. For one song in a set, I can live with the morality of a counterfeit. Sure, there are mistakes, like the fretboard markers are in the fretted version positions, but I can deal with that, and the screws on the scratch plate are on the wonk and the active pickups have a battery cover plate on the rear that doesn't need a battery because they are passive a, but it plays well and sounds nice. It's also got some big dings on it now, but instead of tears (if it was real) I don't really care!