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Is this a Rickenbacker?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by eyvindwa, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. eyvindwa

    eyvindwa Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2007
    Oslo, Norway

    I know very little about Rickenbackers, but have always wanted one. This one shows up, but I'm guessing it is fake due to the missing logo etc. What do you say?


    Seller says he knows nothing about the bass.
  2. 66Atlas


    May 19, 2012

    I'm sure someone will chime in with what it really is, but by the inlays and bridge alone you can tell it's a fake.
  3. Thats not even one of the decent older fake ones , its some made in china one they currently make still. I think with shipping to the USA it costs like 350$.
  4. eyvindwa

    eyvindwa Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    Haha, thanks, the seller is trying to get about $1300 for it :)
  5. Well he is high :)
  6. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    Pun intended
  7. DBCrocky


    Oct 18, 2011
    Cary, NC
    Looks like a single truss rod.
  8. Epic faker!
  9. I'm not sure which would be worse, the seller knowing it's a fake and trying to pass it off as a Ric or the seller not being able to tell it's a RickenFaker!
  10. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    Second one. LOL!
  11. Too many "giveaways" to mention. I think there is a place for these fakes and I don't think it cheapens the brand... imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and all that jazz... as long as they are clearly fakes and don't seriously try to pass themselves off as genuine. Unfortunately, a casual buyer with little knowledge might get burned and that is a concern.
  12. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State

    And wrong bridge. And no headstock "wings". And wrong pickup cover. And wrong fretboard wood. And mis-shaped inlay. And - do I really need to go on?
  13. DBCrocky


    Oct 18, 2011
    Cary, NC
    The missing truss rod cover and $1300 price suggests to me that the seller removed it and claims ignorance in order purposefully rip off some gullible buyer.

    Where did you see this?
  14. It's a Rockinbetter, reportedly made by Tokai although the jury is out on exactly how much involvement Tokai actually had in it's design and manufacture.

    Here's the only pic I could find but the pups and bridge are the same as the OP's example


    I've actually played one of these and they're not too bad as middling price instruments go (about £470 here),and they do have some of a Ric feel to them, they are no Rickenbacker either in terms of quality or tone but they are good enough to have me considering one as a cheap backup at one time.

    EDIT: the body is also thicker than a Ric which was one of the things that I remembered most about it after playing it, it's a chunky beast at least a couple of pounds heavier than a Ric - around 10-11 lbs I'd say
  15. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    On the white bass,it looks like both the bridge and the horseshoe pickup are installed cockeyed....these basses seem really shoddy in general.
  16. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    Love the color!!! GO BIG BLUE!!! UK NCAA Basketball RULES!!! :bassist:
  17. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    One truss rod, the inlays dont go all the way between the frets, different bridge, 22 frets? Tis a fake.
  18. EtoG


    Sep 7, 2010
    There's so much that they got wrong I don't know where to start. Haha.
  19. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
  20. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    Plus is it even a neck thru? It looks like a bolt on, but hard to tell without a back shot, that is conveniently missing.

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