Rickenbacker copy?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by burntumbers, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. burntumbers

    burntumbers Member

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    well, I asked the people at Rickensource and they just deleted my thread :huh

    yesterday I got a Rickenbacker 330 copy.
    The headstock reads "Rock n`Roller" (ya cheesey) and DIAMOND underneath.

    I emailed Diamond effects, they told me they never made guitars.

    the guy who sold it to me says its 1980s, MIJ. but Korea wouldn`t surprize me.

    The neck is chunky, not laquered like real Rics, and I`m guessing it just has 1 truss rod, I haven`t looked. It doesn`t have the blend knob either.

    http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.pe/MPE-18621470-replica-de-guitarra-rickenbacker-330-japones-_JM

    I talked him down to 340$ USD.

    the pickups are fine, though deffinatly nothing like the real thing. The quality reminds me of the Epiphone SG jr. I once had.

    if anyone has any info, I`d love to hear it.
     
  2. chucke99

    chucke99 Member

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    I had one somewhat like this, though the neck pocket was broken. I think I still have the pickguard/wiring harness (though my guard is in two pieces, not broken). I don't think it's worth $340, and especially not if you have to have it shipped from Central or South America.
     
  3. Floyd Eye

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    What did you think they would do over at RRF? You know who is pulling the strings there right? lol
     
  4. burntumbers

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    haha no, I`m in Peru right now. I wouldn`t ship a cheap guitar that distance.

    forgot to mention, the pickguard is one piece, does not lift up like Rics. and the neck is bolt on. Bridge is cheap, thinking to replace it with something nicer.
     
  5. treeofpain

    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    Ric is very proactive in protecting their designs, so the availability of copies is limited. Information on them is also spotty because Ric cracks down on anything that might infringe on their rights, even reviews or pictures online.
     
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    I've often wondered how they've been able to do that so successfully where other companies have failed.
     
  7. Guitarworks

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    Back in the 90s, I worked for the printing company that printed Musician's Friend catalog, and they were one of my accounts. During a luncheon our company hosted for the visiting MF staff, I asked their catalog division reps about the Rogue Rickenbacker knock-offs I used to see in Musician's Friend catalogs, and why they weren't available anymore. One of the MF reps said "Ohhhh, we can't sell those anymore. Rickenbacker saw those in the catalog and they were super-pissed!" Another said with a grin, "Yeah their attorneys contacted us immediately and demanded we drop those Lennon & Harrison copies or they'd sue. Rickenbacker was REALLY hacked-off about that!"
     
  8. iluvfender

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    don't you have to send them your old pickguard & truss rod cover in order to get a replacement ? what if you don't have it ? thats what I heard anyways
     

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