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Why do this to a Rickenbacker? Warning: tough image for Rick lovers.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mikecd1, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. mikecd1

    mikecd1 Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2009
    New England
    Saw this on facebook in bass players united I think. There are parts of this bass that still look really good and can't imagine what possessed someone to do this to such a wonderful bass. I've dubbed it the "Rickenchopperbacker" and trying to find something appealing about it.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2020
  2. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
  3. luciens


    Feb 9, 2020
    NO cartelesno_742x418_v3.gif

  4. Runlikegregg


    Dec 31, 2011
    mostly the problem is the balance will now be all off. and it's ugly.
    Gyver, Spectrum, Jacobaeus and 11 others like this.
  5. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I'm impressed that they ran the binding around the new "amputated" contours.
  6. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Eew, that’s pretty bad all over.
    Maybe it was beat when received by PO with the upper horn hanging by some wood fibers and binding and that’s as far as they got? :woot:
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2020
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  7. Gsnorgathon


    Jan 15, 2020
    Puts the "apocalyptic" in post-apocalyptic. On the bright side, maybe it's not an authentic Ric?
  8. LowNloud1

    LowNloud1 Commercial User

    Jun 11, 2012
    Wilmington NC
    I am a hobbyist making stone picks that I sell but mostly give away. They made me do this anyways.
    DJ Bebop, Shaggai, mikecd1 and 6 others like this.
  9. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    DJ Bebop, Ellery, Winoman and 10 others like this.
  10. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Sort of like decapitatiing someone, then paying for plastic surgery to make the neck stump look good, if you ask me.
  11. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Just needs one new body wing .
  12. BruceWane


    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Isn't it obvious? They were trying to make the body match the headstock.
    mini-milli, Shinbone, murphy and 4 others like this.
  13. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I love seeing these. Every sin committed against a Ric makes mine more valuable.
    Ellery, MCF, mikecd1 and 4 others like this.
  14. whm3223


    Jun 25, 2019
    I had a feeling the post would be that image.

    The bass belongs to the bassist/lead singer from All Them Witches. He bought it from a guy who had mutilated it to make it LH. He restrung it RH and doesn't seem to have any problems playing it.
    Qlanq, RBrownBass, muggsy and 31 others like this.
  15. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
  16. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Horn in way!

    Me no like horn!

    Me fix it!

    Horn bad!
  17. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    This looks to me like it was converted to be played left handed. It's hard to look at but sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta do.
    MCF, murphy, zoonose and 3 others like this.
  18. whm3223


    Jun 25, 2019
  19. That is fugly.

    Everyone knows if you want to chop up a good bass, make it a teardrop shape. Just ask Geddy.
    Qlanq, Ellery, murphy and 5 others like this.
  20. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    That "was" a nice vintage Rickenbacker 4001. Neck toaster 1/2" spacing, full with MOP inlays. Probably a '72 or '73 or earlier. Sigh.....
    PaulBoyer and Wfrance3 like this.
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