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  1. There are numerous details they didn't get right - most obviously fretboard timber & inlay material. Never seen a Faker with those murky greyish inlays most Ricks have, and most of them used dark rosewood fretboards. Tuners are always wrong too. There's always one, isn't there?
  2. Indeed, finally dragged kicking & screaming into the mid 20th century. The easiest way to deal with any Fakers listed, inadvertantly or otherwise, is that they automatically become forfeit. To me, of course.
  3. Simplest way to weed out copies would be to have a requirement that every ad for a Rick should have a shot under the truss cover. Only two types of 4001 copy had dual truss rods & neither used Rickenbacker types. I'm confident there are no dual-rod 4003 copies. I was expecting that the moment I opened my stupid trap...
  4. I don't see that they could openly agree to letting BC advertise copies for sale without abandoning the trademarks they've protected for years. Maintaining ownership of their trademarked designs means that under US law they have to visibly take action against infringements. Doesn't matter if it's a 50 year old copy which pre-dates the registration of the trademarks, or if it's being sold on a little UK forum. They will be perfectly happy with genuine Ricks being advertised here, and it's not hard to make sure that's all that gets listed.
  5. Can't see a problem with lifting the ban. Over the last 10 years, and particularly since Mr Hall has been 'retired' to his nice, comfy padded cell, RIC appears to have changed somewhat - interesting new models, bridges that intonate, single, functional truss rods - and an acceptance, perhaps, that threatening fire & brimstone at all & sundry will not stem the tide of AliExpress tat, and that maintaining their IP is perhaps a bit more nuanced than the old fake-litigious approach. My ear's nothing like as close to the ground as it once was, but I think copies still get removed from Ebay & the like, so IMO a 'no Fakers' policy would still be prudent. There are a good few of us on here (me & @prowla, for a start) who can spot a copy at 1000 yards, so anything that looked a bit wrong would be potentially easy to weed out. In fairness none of the modern Chinese Fakers bear more than a passing cosmetic resemblance, so we'd only be talking about the handful of through-neck 70s MIJ basses that are still in circulation anyway.
  6. There's another thread about the Ebay listing for whatever the hell this is. His pricing strategy definitely appears to be to add two 0s to the average market rate for any item, unless it's been daubed by, or allegedly breathed on by some minor musical mediocrity, in which case add five. He has a whole lot of signed Megadeth gear - including two Dave Ellefson basses, for remortgage-your-house money. I wonder if I'm alone in wondering what exactly Ellefson signed them with.
  7. I have recently noticed a few new posters replying to threads started 10+ years ago by people with single-figure post-counts, then attempting to engage in dialogue with a person who only came here twice and hasn't logged in in a decade. That seems odd. Not as in suspicious, but as in the behaviour of an odd person. I say this speaking as a very, very odd person.
  8. Post millions of pics when you get it, OK? 😎
  9. Ellen's a great young player - by I do get the impression there's a massive case of Pushy Dad Syndrome going on in the background. But I play videogames more than I play bass, so don't listen to me.
  10. This is a bass I've only ever seen two examples of - a BC member offered me a slightly earlier BBR (black with red binding) version about 10 years ago & I couldn't afford it. Now this one turns up. If I'm not already too late, I'd be very, very interested.
  11. If only that were true! The only things I know are both useless and rubbish - recognising obscure old MIJ basses is, in reality, a p!ss poor party trick which, over the years, has afforded me neither financial reward nor opportunities for carnal indulgence. All I have to show for it is a house full of sh!tty old basses I can't be ar$ed to sell! Btw @Beedster - GLWTS!
  12. Early 70s Japanese, sold unbranded & with a bunch of random names, common in the UK branded Jedson, if you Google Jedson Tele bass you'll find loads of pictures & loads of info, most of which will be rubbish. Just so you know in advance - they weren't made by Teisco.
  13. Body's from a thing called a Double Eagle, MIJ, made by Chushin Gakki. Only ever seen one before & this is very likely the body from that same bass - I think I remember seeing it parted out on Fleabay a few months ago - and I have a shrewd idea of which entrepreneurial little rascal done the deed!
  14. Vaguely remember these - weren't they UK-made, late 80s/early 90s, mail-order only? Might be thinking of something else.
  15. Original bassist from Tool, played on their first EP & album, quit in 1995, well before they became massive. I'd guess as a founding member he must have retained some legal right to a proportion of their income. Doubt any of them would have expected the level of success they'd achieve, he left back when they were still playing club gigs.
  16. More curious that the guy who quit Tool in 1995, before they had any meaningful success, and who has been very low-profile during the following 27 years, appears to be worth an obscene amount of money! And is that a Geddy Leg Jazz he's playing in the pic?
  17. Same as my old one - wonder if it is my old one? Another great, near replica-level bass, always though with a swapped trc, neckplate & a Gibbo sticker, you almost could get away with passing it off as original. Of course if you have the Ripper, Grabber and L6S copies, you have to have an Avon Marauder to finish the set: Only one I haven't had is the Ripper.
  18. You could have one like mine for buttons: https://www.dv247.com/en_GB/GBP/J-D-TL-Alder-Thin-Line-MN-Butterscotch-Blonde-/art-GIT0027509-000 Couldn't believe how good this is for such little money. Admittedly it's gone up about a tenner since I got mine...
  19. Can't quite get past having a little bit of GAS for HB's MadCat wannabe. I really don't need two Teles though. Do I?
  20. It was a different sort of brand - both Aria & Ibanez were (are, I suppose) premium brands owned by big Japanese companies with an international reach. Kimbara was a domestic UK brand belonging to the distributor FCN Music, alongside their lower-tier marques Columbus & Satellite. Kimbara was broadly their top-quality brand & was sourced from several manufacturers, including Matsumoku, who made most Arias. @Maude's Ripper will be the same bass as the set-neck Aria LB650 - apart from the name.
  21. I bought a pretendy Thinline Tele as a midlife crisis guitar a couple of years ago. Bloody lovely it is. I do like a Tele, not really sure why, though.
  22. It might sort of be both, in a sense. Teisco Shoji acquired a factory in Taiwan in the mid 60s, as far as I can work out that's the factory which produced Taiwanese Kays going into the 70s, many of which are the same, or slight variations, on the old Teisco designs. I'm not really that knowledgeable about 60s MIJ stuff but I don't think I've seen a Kay with the correct Tulip body, which this has. If you're lucky it'll have a silver sticker below the neckplate which will give the model number & country of origin. If it turns out to be an MIJ Teisco, then £100 is a bit of a steal.
  23. Really pleased this turned out to be as good as I hoped it would, it does look in great condition for its age. Good to see some pics of the routing and electronics too. Unsurprised the original bridge has been replaced, the 3-points used by Matsumoku do seem to have had a habit of breaking in half! You may be reduced to filing saddle slots to get the string height down. I'd expect Tim at https://gig.ink/ would be able to sort you out with both a Ripper trc and a more, er, restrained scratchplate. I kinda like the shouty tort... Unfortunately it's long-gone, but this is very much a sibling to the Kimbara L6S copy I had years ago - I think if I still had it I'd be properly jealous!
  24. Never fully understood why Tony didn't call these Sticky Fingers.
  25. Paid £60 for this in a pawn shop in 2004 or 5. Expected to clean it up, stick a scratchplate on it & flip it for maybe twice what I paid - but even exactly as it looks there, it felt right. Not much left original beyond the body & neck but this is the one I'd save in a fire - best Jazz I've ever played, by a long way. I have quite a few basses, many of which I bought since finding this. To be honest I'm not entirely sure I know why.
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