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New guy here: Need help indentifying bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sammy_L_D, Jul 22, 2007.


  1. Hey folks. New around here.

    Brief background is that I've been playing bass for 6 years, guitar for 3, and hand percussion (congas, cajon, udu, djembe) for about one, so just thought I'd introduce myself briefly. :)

    I purchased an unidentified vintage bass today. It has the design of a Rickenbacker 4001, although there are a few differences. The two pickups have "On" and "Off" selectors, essentially. There are two volume knobs and two tone knobs.

    Two input jacks, one says "Standard", the other "Stereo".

    The finish feels a bit cheap, and it looks someone might've even had repainted it (or it was always a poor job--either or). The neck's definitely had better years to say the least. Although it plays surprisingly well.

    The emblem has been taken off, so I am not entirely sure what this is.

    There is also no serial number or anything of that sort on it either.

    I've taken some photos, but unfortunately the USB cable for my camera has gone missing, but if I find it, I will definitely post the photos I have taken.

    Anyone have any ideas in the meantime, or know of some well known Rik copies this could fall under?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Chronicle

    Chronicle

    Sep 13, 2006
    NY
    It's gotta be a Gretsch or a ... lemme look on the Rickenbacker Club thread hold on :p

    edit:
    Ah Gretsch, Electra, i know there's one more fake..
     
  3. Ibanez made fake Rics as well.
     
  4. Chronicle

    Chronicle

    Sep 13, 2006
    NY
    Ah yes, Ibanez! That may be your culprit.
     
  5. RWP

    RWP

    Jul 1, 2006
    Ibanez made a Rick knock-off? Man I didn't know that. Would you mind posting a pic?
     
  6. Chronicle

    Chronicle

    Sep 13, 2006
    NY
    ugh i cant find any :/
     
  7. I'll see if I can find a pic.
     
  8. Greco?
     
  9. mcbrat

    mcbrat Electra Outlaw

    Dec 22, 2004
    these are all things that can help determine the maker:
    neck construction (bolt, set, or through)
    body binding (straight, checkered)
    inlay type (full width "triangle" style, small triangle, dot)
    scale length (33.25, 33.4, 34)
    tuning peg type (if original)
    routing of the pup cavities.
    number of truss rods

    there are subtle differences between the makers on these, and even with the same maker, there will be differences in wood construction, depending on what the distributor asked for...

    "brands" I know of are:

    Electra
    Greco
    Ibanez
    ElMaya
    Univox
    Kay
    Kasuga
    Jolana

    and there'smore, but I can't think of 'em right now

    I've seen stereo ones from the first 5 listed.


     
  10. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    Since you're new here you probably aren't aware of this, but you don't really have a bass unless you post pictures. No pictures, no bass. That's how it works around here. ;)

    Seriously, a photo would help a lot to identify what you have.
     

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