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Real Rickenbacker or Fake Rickenbacker? Hmm help needed!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rory Drinnan, Dec 14, 2017.

  1. Rory Drinnan

    Rory Drinnan

    Dec 14, 2017

    A friend of mine unearthed what looks to be a Rickenbacker from his garage and said did I want to buy it. I’m all for restoration projects but I wanted it to know if it was a real Rickenbacker or not before considering it. Could you guys help me out - pictures are below. What d’ya reckon? Also, condition wise - is it savabable or should forget about it?



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  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I know they made some bolt on basses but I don't think that's one of them.
  3. Rory Drinnan

    Rory Drinnan

    Dec 14, 2017
    Cheers Gorn

    I’ll look into the bolt on, yeah i now what you mean.
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Guys that actually know stuff about Rickenbackers will probably chime in and point out a million other things wrong with it but I'm fairly sure it's not legit.
  5. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    No, not a real Ric. Ric's have dual truss rods, no bolt on necks - they did make a few set necks though - jack plate is wrong - should have the serial number and "Ric-o-sound" written there. Several other red flags.
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  6. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I don't think it's a Ric.
  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
  8. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    Absolutely not a Rick. Not at all. Eew!
  9. Rory Drinnan

    Rory Drinnan

    Dec 14, 2017
    Cheers for the info guys! Much appreciated!
  10. Grumry


    Jul 6, 2016
    Fake, but it would be a fun project either way. Perhaps more fun because there's no fear of further damaging a nice old guitar.
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  11. Manticore


    Feb 27, 2016
    It’s a poor imitation.
  12. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    If the price is right and it is in usable shape, could still be an awesome bass to play on.
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  13. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    100% FAKE
  14. If its a 70's/80's Japanese copy it might still be a decent bass.
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  15. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    Definitely not a real Ric. But for $100 I'll buy it and turn it into something.
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  16. Not a Ric....but...could be fun!
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  17. JaseyT


    Jun 18, 2009
    It looks like it could be made into a perfectly fine bass, assuming the neck can be made (and will stay) straight. If it's not already. If it were me, I'd slap real Ric hardware/electronics on it, and get busy rocking.
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  18. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    as noted, 100% FAKE! Japanese, I think. If it's one of the "baseball bat neck" ones - they actually SOUND PRETTY GOOD :)
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  19. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    No, it isn't a real Rickenbacker. It might possibly be a '70s-era Japanese Kasuga, though. A well known guitar store here had one a few years ago; different color, but it looked very similar. It was also a bolt-on neck; had dual jacks, and the pick ups and tailpiece/bridge were very Rick-ish. Very well made, too. Felt, played, and sounded pretty nice. Not much like a real Rick, but...nice. Had it been a lefty, I would own it right now. If it plays OK, it might be worth owning, just for the fact that it isn't a Rickenbacker. Oh, and welcome to Talk Bass! :thumbsup:
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  20. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Redding CA
    Looks like a lawsuit Ibanez copy from the 70s. They were single truss rod and bolt on neck. I had one and it played and sounded OK. The Grecos from that era were dual truss rod and neck through like a real Ric. I had one of those and they were real nice. That said, if the bass is in decent shape and is playable, they bring $500 + or -.
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