#1
What are the best Rickenbacker copies/"rip-offs"? Also, discuss Rickenbacker bass copies etc.

I'm really hooked on the shape and look of the Rickenbacker basses and some of my favorite bassits have played them, but it wouldn't feel quite right paying over 2000 € for a bass. And I've heard their quality control isn't the best either. So I've decided to get the next best thing.
As long as they sound and play good there shouldn't be too much of a difference.
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#2
Tokai Rockinbetters are solid basses and are probably the the most common.

Others to look for are Anniversary, Ibanez and another one I've forgotten (it began with C?).

Retrovibe and Schecter both do similar looking basses but they won't sound anything like a real Rick.
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#3
here's a guy from talkbass who bought a family of chinese ric copies and has nothing but great reviews and mp3 clips to hear them with.


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#4
There's also Career. I haven't played them so I can't say they are any good.
The price for them is 450 euro I believe.
#5
How many threads can you make about ricks and never buy one? Also don't make 2 threads that could easily be combined as one.
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here's a guy from talkbass who bought a family of chinese ric copies and has nothing but great reviews and mp3 clips to hear them with.


Would you by any chance have the link?

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How many threads can you make about ricks and never buy one?


I guess you could say I'm becoming obsessed with them.


Yup, that would be fair to say.
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i can't remember which one of the threads I took his pic from just search for "chinese ric", you'll find it and this nice seafoam green unit.

#9
Pretty sure they're those über-dodgy trade-tang, etc ones.
Japanese vintage copies are probably going to be your best bet. Greco, Fernandes, Burny may have done one and the OLD Tokai copies. The new Tokais Ric copies really aren't that good imo.
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Pretty sure they're those über-dodgy trade-tang, etc ones.
Japanese vintage copies are probably going to be your best bet. Greco, Fernandes, Burny may have done one and the OLD Tokai copies. The new Tokais Ric copies really aren't that good imo.


I've read somewhere that the Greco ones are the best Rickenbacker copies. How true is that?
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Pretty sure they're those über-dodgy trade-tang, etc ones.
Japanese vintage copies are probably going to be your best bet. Greco, Fernandes, Burny may have done one and the OLD Tokai copies. The new Tokais Ric copies really aren't that good imo.
thay are and he was "defending" HIS seller as one out of what 37,000 ripoffs when I bashed TradeTang to death over there. At that point he said he would only PM the seller to anyone who wanted to buy one, and yes they are all new.

DHGate+TradeTang is the biggest ripoff in the whole world, but that guy seems to have found someone who is not.
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I've read somewhere that the Greco ones are the best Rickenbacker copies. How true is that?

About as true as you want it to be I guess. They do have a good reputation but it's down to the user in the end. The Grecos did have problems with the bridge lifting but so did most of the others, including real Rics. I can't imagine the instruments now being 30+ years old would help their condition. You've just got to find a good one.


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thay are and he was "defending" HIS seller as one out of what 37,000 ripoffs when I bashed TradeTang to death over there. At that point he said he would only PM the seller to anyone who wanted to buy one, and yes they are all new.

DHGate+TradeTang is the biggest ripoff in the whole world, but that guy seems to have found someone who is not.

So he says anyway. Talkbass is wierd, I don't like it over there. Too many over-opinionated crazies.
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About as true as you want it to be I guess. They do have a good reputation but it's down to the user in the end. The Grecos did have problems with the bridge lifting but so did most of the others, including real Rics. I can't imagine the instruments now being 30+ years old would help their condition. You've just got to find a good one.


I know a guitarist who has a really decent Rickenbacker copy. I've played it before through his Behringer amplifier, and it plays and sounds really good. I've gotten (what I believe to be) a pretty close Cliff Burton bass tone and feel. But he doesn't sell it because they need it to tape stuff etc.
Feels bad, man.

Would probably be better off buying a newer copy anyway.
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^Ignore the plate on the headstock which says Rickenbacker, I doubt it's a real Ric if you look at the rest of the bass.




Does this look like a good Rickenbacker bass copy? It's from a brand called Carrier, and I could get it online for 499 € (666.627 USD) from a German site. There is a 30 day return gaurantee, so I could send it back in case I wouldn't like it if I bought it. Is it worth it? I mean, for that price I could expect a decent bass even if it weren't a Ric copy.

Personally, I think it looks like one of the better copies I've seen. Thoughts?
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About as true as you want it to be I guess. They do have a good reputation but it's down to the user in the end. The Grecos did have problems with the bridge lifting but so did most of the others, including real Rics. I can't imagine the instruments now being 30+ years old would help their condition. You've just got to find a good one.


So he says anyway. Talkbass is wierd, I don't like it over there. Too many over-opinionated crazies.


Hello. I am one of the over-opinionated crazies you speak "so nicely" about. Those are my basses in the photos posted by that "person". I own 6 Chinese ricks and another 10 guitars I bought from Trade Tang. The link to the site (and an insight into the type of person amimbari is), is in the link below. No wonder he had conveniently forgoten the location of the link to my photos and our comments.Email me if you have any genuine questions about guitars from China and read about my experiences. Respectfully yours.

talkbass.com/forum/f8/im-wondering-if-anyone-has-experience-852547/
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Hello. I am one of the over-opinionated crazies you speak "so nicely" about. Those are my basses in the photos posted by that "person". I own 6 Chinese ricks and another 10 guitars I bought from Trade Tang. The link to the site (and an insight into the type of person amimbari is), is in the link below. No wonder he had conveniently forgoten the location of the link to my photos and our comments.Email me if you have any genuine questions about guitars from China and read about my experiences. Respectfully yours.

talkbass.com/forum/f8/im-wondering-if-anyone-has-experience-852547/


So you registered here to post in a thread that hasn't been touched for nearly a year, in response to something that was posted one and a half years ago, in an attempt to dig up some dispute you had nearly two years ago on an entirely different board? Sorry mate, you're not doing much to aid your cause regarding crazies (which, by the way, is an opinion of talkbass you'll find on pretty much any other bass-related forum on the internet, there's a reason for it). All I saw in that thread was somebody encouraging others to think carefully before putting their money on the line, only to be shot down and repeatedly misconstrued by one over-sensitive and over-defensive individual who happened to get lucky.
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So you registered here to post in a thread that hasn't been touched for nearly a year, in response to something that was posted one and a half years ago, in an attempt to dig up some dispute you had nearly two years ago on an entirely different board? Sorry mate, you're not doing much to aid your cause regarding crazies (which, by the way, is an opinion of talkbass you'll find on pretty much any other bass-related forum on the internet, there's a reason for it). All I saw in that thread was somebody encouraging others to think carefully before putting their money on the line, only to be shot down and repeatedly misconstrued by one over-sensitive and over-defensive individual who happened to get lucky.


Plus, it may not even be the same amimbari- there hasn't been a single Charvel or Jackson (I forget which) picture posted in either thread
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Hello. I am one of the over-opinionated crazies you speak "so nicely" about. Those are my basses in the photos posted by that "person". I own 6 Chinese ricks and another 10 guitars I bought from Trade Tang. The link to the site (and an insight into the type of person amimbari is), is in the link below. No wonder he had conveniently forgoten the location of the link to my photos and our comments.Email me if you have any genuine questions about guitars from China and read about my experiences. Respectfully yours.

talkbass.com/forum/f8/im-wondering-if-anyone-has-experience-852547/


Dear reader--this is a necropost and coming on just to bitch about a user from another forum. Let's just state this is not the best way to start out. Any more like this, and yes, you will be warned.
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Dear reader--this is a necropost and coming on just to bitch about a user from another forum. Let's just state this is not the best way to start out. Any more like this, and yes, you will be warned.

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You have made a valid point. I have definitely started off on the wrong foot in this forum. I was only trying to defend myself against some negative implications made towards me and my credibility. I only just found this thread, and I'm sorry for rehashing old news.
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Hello. I am one of the over-opinionated crazies you speak "so nicely" about. Those are my basses in the photos posted by that "person". I own 6 Chinese ricks and another 10 guitars I bought from Trade Tang. The link to the site (and an insight into the type of person amimbari is), is in the link below. No wonder he had conveniently forgoten the location of the link to my photos and our comments.Email me if you have any genuine questions about guitars from China and read about my experiences. Respectfully yours.

talkbass.com/forum/f8/im-wondering-if-anyone-has-experience-852547/



Hey man. Since making that post I managed to get myself a job as a Guitar Tech, I've worked on hundreds of different guitars and basses, including many of the Chinese instruments you love so much. From what I've seen the amount of time and money you have to put into them to make them into a solid, reliable gigging instrument you're not THAT far short of the real thing. Electronics and hardware need to be replaced and they need to have the frets glued down and dressed.
Any decent CNC machine can produce a uniform product but that also doesn't mean the materials have to be perfect so you see a lot of 4-6 piece bodies, rift-sawn necks and fretboards and etc. The finish? Anyone can be trained to spray a decent poly finish.

That's just my opinion, you obviously enjoy your instruments so who am I to tell you that you shouldn't?
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Hey man. Since making that post I managed to get myself a job as a Guitar Tech, I've worked on hundreds of different guitars and basses, including many of the Chinese instruments you love so much. From what I've seen the amount of time and money you have to put into them to make them into a solid, reliable gigging instrument you're not THAT far short of the real thing. Electronics and hardware need to be replaced and they need to have the frets glued down and dressed.
Any decent CNC machine can produce a uniform product but that also doesn't mean the materials have to be perfect so you see a lot of 4-6 piece bodies, rift-sawn necks and fretboards and etc. The finish? Anyone can be trained to spray a decent poly finish.

That's just my opinion, you obviously enjoy your instruments so who am I to tell you that you shouldn't?


Thanks for your reply.
Yes what you said makes sense, particularly when in Australia, where I live, new RIC's are about $2800 AUD and up. Don't get me wrong, I would love to own original US made guitars, by my finances just don't allow for this. There are obvious flaws with these Chinese instruments. But they are good value. I have done nothing special to acquire them either. I do not know anyone in China and don't receive any special consideration or kickbacks for talking about them. I was just getting tired of the grossly one sided argument against buying guitars from China, from people who know little about the process and have no experience. Sure buying guitars from China can be risky. A little common sense and research goes a long way if you want to safely buy guitars from China.