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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
    Hi

    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?

    Regards

    Rory
     

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  2. Gorn

    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

    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 Supporting Member

    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
    fakenbacker.
     
  8. PaulBoyer

    PaulBoyer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 27, 2012
    Wisconsin
    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

    Grumry

    Jul 6, 2016
    Nashville
    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

    Manticore

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

    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
    Colorado
    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. Mr. Sound

    Mr. Sound Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    SUNSHINE COAST AUS.
    Not a Ric....but...could be fun!
     
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  17. JaseyT

    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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