Is this a Fake Ric TRC?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quadzilla, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Spotted this listing and was interested. So I reached out to the seller and asked if it's a real, OEM Ric TRC or a 3rd party reproduction. He said that he didn't know and told me to just buy it or not.

    I sent him back a cordial response telling him why it's so important to know and explained on how he could determine if it's legit or not. I even told him that it's likely worth more than $85 if it's real. Well, he was about as rude of a seller that I've ever experienced. Told me to mind my own business and a lot of other not so nice things.

    Anyway, this look real or fake to you?

    Link to reverb ad:
    Truss Rod Cover Replacement-White | LaSalle 's 4 String

    Update: it's taken down off of Reverb for being counterfeit, but now on eBay.. Rickenbacker Bass Truss Rod Cover | eBay

    Pics from ad:

    Last edited: Jul 29, 2019
  2. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    I'm not an expert, but this one sure looks weird compared to all the others I see in Google Images. The "b" and "a" look especially peculiar to my eyes.
  3. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I have little faith
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  4. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    Also not an expert, but it looks immediately sketchy to me: the space between "i" and "c", the lean of the "c", the sloppiness of the "ba"...
  5. gwangi


    Jul 4, 2009
    Forbidden Valley
    I'm going to say fake, that b looks funky!!!!
  6. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    I'd say FAKE :)
  7. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Yes. That TRC is identical to one I had from AliExpress a while ago. Blotchy painting onto white ABS plastic.
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  8. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Given his attitude, I'm glad that it was pulled. Guy was a total.....well, never-mind....
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  9. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

  10. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Is there no end to their chicanery?
  11. That’s 100% a fake, and a bad one at that.
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  12. Jeff Scott

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

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Absolutely, fake.
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  13. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Well, depending on when it was made, Rick TRC's are different; sometimes noticably so. The one on my '73 4001, for example, is a bit different from the one on my '01 4003. Except for one thing; they both have the model number under the "made in USA". So, yeah - that's a fake one. A rather nice, serviceable fake, though - IMO...:cool:
  14. 4001

    4001 Inactive

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    :poop: F A K E :poop:
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  15. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    The fact that he got angry and told you to mind your own business when you've told him that if it is legit it is worth more is enough to say it's fake without even looking at it.
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  16. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    everyone email the seller and ask, lol, sounds like a tool
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  17. Erik herman

    Erik herman Gold Supporting Member

    The real question is how does a piece of plastic cost so much!? Like come on now, what does it cost rickenbacker, $1 to make it?
  18. Wilmingtonian


    Aug 20, 2011
    Do they no longer sell them with exchange? I don't think they were asking for much, more of a service. They sold them outright but they were abused. This shows why.
  19. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    AFAIK, all genuine Ric TRC’s have raised plastic lettering, anything flat and a little shabby like that is fake. Let’s be generous and say the real injection molded ones cost $2.00 to make, which has nothing to do with street value. For a while Ric would only replace a broken or damaged TRC if you mailed in the old one, now they are just officially unobtanium, other than people parting them out and on EBay. Aliexpress has recently started selling counterfeits, all badly screen printed like that one.
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  20. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    Well, that's not right. Actually, all the raised-letter ones are genuine, but not all genuine ones are raised-letter. Certainly the old ones before the mid-1970s or so, were back-painted acrylic. Many of the "vintage" models (such as the V63, C64, etc.) and some of the specials have back-painted acrylic as well (it's all in the book). Also, all the lefty ones ("smiley" or regular - would that be a "frowny"?) are back-painted acrylic.

    But the one in question here is certainly a fake.
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