Is this a "Real" Rickenbacker?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Neo1, Jun 22, 2021.


  1. This is a local sale. I asked some questions, and he sent me these pictures. Seller says he bought it cheaply, so thinks it's a copy, but isn't sure. I looked up some threads here, and it says binding all the way around is sign it's not legit, and the blank output jack plate is also a bad sign. Can anyone with more knowledge than me verify this? Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
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  2. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada/Motown
    Greetings from the North,

    Nope. Nice looking but I don't think so.

    Rezdog
     
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  3. Jeff Scott

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

    Apr 11, 2006
    So much wrong with it! This is one of those "classic" Far East fakers. If you need some firewood, perhaps go for it.
     
  4. sonic 7

    sonic 7 Supporting Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    Queens, N.Y.C.
    Totally fake.
     
  5. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Is he asking a real Ric price for it?
     
  6. WillyWonka

    WillyWonka Yes, I act just like this in person. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    Yeah, not even close…
     
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  7. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Nope. Neck joint on the back should be flush with the body. Chinafaker.
     
  8. Goatrope

    Goatrope Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    Not even a great copy. Poorly stamped baseplate for the tuners, set neck?, binding, cheesy bridge (worse than the real thing:roflmao:).

    Might be fun for a few bucks.
     
  9. Koshchei

    Koshchei

    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    Not a real Ric in any way, shape, or form.
     
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  10. Londo Molari

    Londo Molari

    Jan 1, 2014
    2 blocks east of Mars
    Decendant from the Clovis culture. "Emitting that wonderful bass effect since 1970".
  11. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
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  12. 2112

    2112

    Apr 30, 2005
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  13. SpazzTheBassist

    SpazzTheBassist

    Jun 20, 2006
    Here
    Nope......the first thing I look for in determining a Chickenbacker right away without looking for all the extra wrongliness is to look for the extra fret....not all Chinese ones have the extra fret but this one does......
     
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  14. No through-neck no Rickenbacker .. walk away!
     
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  15. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    Not a real Rick. Not even a good copy.

    That being said, if it's under 200ish with the case, it could be fun. If it's more than 200ish, run away. IMO.
     
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  16. As everyone else here has already said (and rightly so): THIS IS NOT A RICKENBACKER!!!!!
     
  17. Not a real Rickenbacker price, but more than most fakes go for (and therefore, I will not be adding a [fake] Ric to my arsenal). Thanks to all for the quick replies and information (major or minor, I am always learning something here - and a sincere thanks for that).
     
  18. I'm not a Ric expert, but that looks fake.

    If a Craigslist advertisement, know that your risk of being ripped off is increased. Interesting bass, but, pass on it.

    I waited for three decades for my 4003. It was worth it.
     
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  19. MotorCityMinion

    MotorCityMinion

    Jun 15, 2017
    Don't wait three decades. Start your journey now.
     
  20. Dabndug

    Dabndug Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Oz
    The case is worth more than the bass....
     
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