#1
Does anyone know of any companies that currently make Rickenbacker bass copies? Any of the 4000's? A company named Electra use to make one, but were bought and dont exist anymore. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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But onto the main point of the thread. It doesn't seem that Rickenbacker copies would exist. Rickenbacker's are quite unique in there tone, specifically for there pickup configuration and all maple construction. I"m probably less educated on these matters then others, but that's my opinon.
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#4
I once heard that Rickenbacker as a company are very protective of their designs, and aggressively pursue companies trying to emulate them... much moreso than other well known brands.

That could make finding Rick copies difficult.
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And a company called Rockinsbetter make Rickenbacker copies, I have heard that they aren't bad either, they are made in the Tokai factory which churns out some pretty decent copies.
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#6
Tokai also make Ric copies, or at least they used to.
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#7
There are "rockinsbetter" rickenbacker copies as previously mentioned, you can find some at the basscentre in london or on their website if you live in England.

Rickenbacker is very protective though, apparently copies are removed from ebay even if they dont actually say "Rickenbacker" at all in the description,ect.

I'm pretty sure there was a point where loads of different manufacturers made loads of different copies, Tokai and Ibanez had reputations for making basses which some though matched the standards of the originals. It could be difficult to find but its worth looking around.

But i'm alright because i have a lovely 4003, muahahah.
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#8
They're illegal nowadays. Best you can hope for is a cheap 2nd hand one. You wont find them on ebay either. Rickenbacker petitions ebay to remove all listings that say 'Rickenbacker copy'
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#9
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I once heard that Rickenbacker as a company are very protective of their designs, and aggressively pursue companies trying to emulate them... much moreso than other well known brands.

That could make finding Rick copies difficult.


i have heard the same about Rickenbacker, and considering how many companies don't make them, leads me to believe it's probably true. good luck!
#10
You can find some by Greco Tokai even Ibanez on eBay.

They can't be advertise as Ric copies though.

If you want a contemporary relatively easy to find instrument that is rick-ish, the Schecter 004 I believe looks kinda like a Ric. Wouldn't sound like one though.

Your best bet is one of those old 70's copies. They'll run between 400-600, closer nowadays to the latter as they're fairly sought after. Rickenbacker is VERY protective of their instruments, going so far as even to almost cutting Sam Ash off as a Rick dealer because they didn't follow international rules (Selling Rics to people in Europe and shipping them over), and completely cutting off GC because they felt GC's general policy of "Play whatever you want" lead the Rics to falling out of the quality they possessed as they left the factory.

Rickenbacker isn't too focused on churning out hundreds of thousands of instruments a year. They're quite happy being an American company with somewhere in the range of a few hundred employees working in a shop, instead of a mass produced factory. Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with mass producing, when done right (EBMM domestically, and even the quality found in Korean Laklands).
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#11
Your best bet if you wanted one would be to try and find a second hand one on ebay, you can sometimes find 4001s for the same price as the 4003s and you can find colours which aren't available anymore.

If you live in America, chances are you can get them quite cheap, when compared with the prices of the european ones.

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Rickenbacker isn't too focused on churning out hundreds of thousands of instruments a year. They're quite happy being an American company with somewhere in the range of a few hundred employees working in a shop, instead of a mass produced factory.


Yeah, it takes them about 3 weeks apparently to do a bass. I think the Ric CEO once said that the company was 3% the size of Fender, or it might of been Gibson, something like that.

Rickenbacker is managing a huge backorder at the moment, dealing with all the "blueburst" models. Some people have had to wait over 2 years when theyve ordered direct from Rickenbacker.
#12
Yeah Ibanez made one back in the day. That "lawsuit" era. Chances are the price is going to be within range of a used Ric 4003. Hardcore Ibanez fans are crazy.