The absolute rarest Rickenbacker seen in the wild

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SgtHulka, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Inactive

    Mar 29, 2019
    I saw this guy with his bass tonight. It was so gaudy looking at first that I thought it was a Chinese copy. After I went to talk to the guy it turns out that he worked for Rickenbacker in the early 80s and this all red version was produced with a limit of 3 in 1985 only. Sale price for this in 1985 was 10K he said but that he paid the employee price of $2200.00.

    It did in fact seem a real Rick. The stained fretboard looked fantastic in person.

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  2. Dluxe

    Dluxe Guest

    Jan 9, 2011
    I believe they made 125 of these, some in 8 string. Also called the Redneck or Bloodstar. Similar in construction to the Tuxedo and Blackstar basses.
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  3. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
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  4. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Inactive

    Mar 29, 2019
    Thats from 85?
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  5. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Inactive

    Mar 29, 2019
    I wonder why this guy told me 3.
  6. quindecima

    quindecima Inactive

    Sep 18, 2016
    Walterville, Oregon
    There are three, three different models?
  7. I see that trio of red/black/white show up only rarely in Ric conversations. Probably one of the most unique special runs in the company's history.
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  8. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Not sure, but it pops up here every once in a while. A board search might help.
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  9. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Inactive

    Mar 29, 2019
    The guy told me only 3 of them were made.
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  10. sludgetail


    Feb 26, 2018
    Orange, CA
    don't play Rics (I want to!) but damn that's badass! thx for the snaps, looks killer. matching bandana (either head or back pocket) should be standard issue though! sweet bass!

    edit: of --> or misspell
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  11. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    there are a few white ones currently available on reverb, ebay and/or craigslist. i forget where i saw them.
  12. Dabndug

    Dabndug Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Oz
    I love the redneck and its very funky siblings, bit I believe that the 4005/6 six-string bass is rarer.
  13. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie

    Aug 21, 2013
    That's still a pretty cool thing to spot. :bassist:
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  14. _One//Man//Mutiny_

    _One//Man//Mutiny_ Gold Supporting Member

    That's crazy, never heard of those mentioned before. I dig that name though, bloodstar! May have been made next to mine! 158FF1E3-4165-40CA-BC51-A6EAC1BADC32.jpeg

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  15. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    maybe he meant only 3 were a time.
  16. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    ...or, only 3 in 1985, but more in other years. ;)
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  17. 4001

    4001 Inactive

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    Yep... they still have the unbloated headstocks....
    I like the black one....
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  18. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    I used to own one exactly like yours. Actually , I drilled the two bridge holes after the bridge lifted off.
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  19. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    Or three different models, and he got his story confused over the years.
  20. Acoop

    Acoop Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Sitting in a case under a bad.