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Fake RickenBacker 4001 Bass

Fake RickenBacker 4001 Bass

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 “find”.

Fake Rickenbacker 4001 Bass

Then I decided I’d try to determine its approximate age.   Here is a pick I snapped of this “MADE IN U.S.A.” 4001:

Fake Rickenbacker 4001 Bass Headstock 

Then I flipped it over:

Fake Rickenbacker 4001 Bass bolt-on neck

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.

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BRIAR7_50848
01/21/2019 3:21pm

I bought this bass 30+ years ago for 80 bucks. Didn't really know what it was, I was more of an upright bass player. Anyway was wanting to see if anyone could help me out on make. I am actually looking to sell or preferably trade for an upright. Hoping you can help me identify. Let me know how/where to send pictures.