Rickenfaker? Fakenbacker? Humm, call it
what you want, the bass I recently discovered in a little mom-n-pop music show
was most certainly not the Rickenbacker it claimed to be!
On a recent trip to a small Kentucky town
not many hours out of Nashville, TN my eyes caught something not often seen in
this types of music store, a cool vintage-looking Rick 4001 bass. I took a quick look at the price and got a
little excited … five hundred bucks!
Here is the bass, I handed it to my buddy Brad to snap a quick pic of my
Then I decided I’d try to determine its
approximate age. Here is a pick I snapped of this “MADE IN
Then I flipped it over:
Hey … wait a minute! A bolt-on Rick 4001? No way!
This thing was as fake as a three dollar bill. What had made it look so convincing was the
fact that it looked like an old club-gig war horse. This thing reaked of cigarette smoke and
sported what appeared to be the signs of a lot of actual play time. And, so I figured the somewhat strange pickup
and a few other things were just unknown “battle scars” from less than professional
“fixes”. But the bolt-on neck … nope. My poor little heart was broken.
Now, possibly the weirdest part of this
story is this: on my last trip to this
same small town I looked at a “Gibson Zack Wylde Les Paul” in a pawn shop that
was also a fake. What the heck? Are fake guitars really that rampant? I’m not sure I know the answer to that
question, but I do know this, when buying a guitar second-hand, be sure it’s
REALLY what it claims to be … especially if the deal is too good to be true! Consider yourself warned.