[quote name='SteveK' timestamp='1363258752' post='2010507']
Gonna go against the flow here.
I can't really see what the problem is with Rickenbacker's stance on this. They see instruments such as those in the op's photo as being counterfeit and take the appropriate measures.
I'm sure Rickenbacker have, in the past, spent a lot of time, money, blood, sweat and tears designing and manufacturing a quality product. Doesn't seem quite right to me that someone can come along and say, " Ooooh, what a fantastic looking bass, I can make one that looks identical and sell it for a fraction of the price"... As I say, doesn't seem right to me.
If you want something that looks like a Rickenbacker - buy a Rickenbacker!
its alright if you can afford it, when your starting out and want to look cool, a cheaper bass is the option