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Why not so much brands produces Rick-a-like bridge ?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by KISSbestfan, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. Hello all !

    For a long time I tried to buy a bridge that may not be identical as Rickenbacker one, but at least similiar. Some of you may know, that I'm planning to make a Rick copy by some time, because simply I cant afford even a MIC one. Its just too expensive to me. But the thing is, that I cant even find cheap parts for it. I'm not talking about pickup cover, because that is a clean way to robb us, and I'll do it myself, but even the simple parts like bridge, are unable to buy in my country. Buying it from abroad country or via eBay - again too expensive. Even tough I said "screw it" because I've got a big bridge, like the one you can see here:

    I was really surprised, because the cheapest bass bridge for Precision/Jazz Bass here costs only 5$ (brand new). I knew that in my country there is a mania for Fenders, and most of the guitar shops targets only on Fenders, but that is just ridiculous. So, my question would be - would it be difficult to make a Rickenbacker bridge any way ? I thought about ordering one, that would be a handmade in some kind of foundry or somewhere, but have any of you done this before, does it have sense ? I'm just asking, I know this question may be a little bit silly, but you live in USA, and have lots of specialistic guitar shops, while mine choice is not that wide.
  2. 254 stringer

    254 stringer Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Waco Texas
    Because rickenbacker wont let anyone make parts that resemble theirs.
  3. MIC Ricks? Do those even exist? If they do, I want one.

    Back to OP's question, they won't produce Rick bridge copies because they're afraid of lawsuits occurring. Rickenbacker don't like people copying their designs, much like MusicMan.
  4. Yes, do exist:

    Just dont believe all this ******** about exotic materials, and dont believe, that it was made under Rickenbacker license. Anyway this is still too expensive to me, maybe if I'd sell at least half of my current guitars I could afford it.

    Anyway, I thought so about copyrights, but thats still a bit unbelieveable to me, most basses you can buy in my country up to 330$ has got Fender lookalike bridges, and no one is suing them. Anyway if its that much problem, I think I'd just put up what I've got ...
  5. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Ewwww, like the original Ric bridges aren't bad enough?

    (Other longsuffering guitar techs are welcome to chime in, here.)
  6. Demon_Hunter


    Jun 8, 2008
  7. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Designed when lots of chunky, showy chrome was installed on automobiles, and just as useful.
  8. That's what I was thinking...
  9. That's fine, but never post photos of it, and never reveal your true identity or location because if you do Ric will send helicopters filled with lawyers your way.
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Why would anyone want to put a Rickenbacker tailpiece/bridge on a non-Ric bass?

    There are dozens of better designs that are cheaper.

    Did you wake up one morning and say "gee what can I do to make my bass harder to setup and harder to play?"

    I don't mean to be harsh ... but I was going for the shock effect. It is your bass so do what you want to it. But please consider another bridge. Schaller, Hipshot, Kahler, all make excellent bass bridges.
  11. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Hipshot makes a bridge that has the same footprint as the Ric bridge but is easier to work with.
  12. Yes, I know it, and probably my current bridge will be better as well. But I have some functional basses right now, and I'm just looking for Rick, because of its look ... Nothing more. I know this may be a silly thing, but its like the car you always loved because of its body, even the engine was weak or damaged easily.

    Even here, at worlds end ? Lol, anyway I'll consider it.
  13. Is just because Ric's bridge is very big and his bigness is not functional at all
  14. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Putting a Ric bridge on any bass other than a Ric won't make it even remotely resemble a Ric.
  15. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Rare good judgement?

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