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[quote name='beerdragon' post='42902' date='Aug 8 2007, 02:21 PM']In his answer to the bolt on question he says he not up on things like that, but his description of the bass is pretty good including truss rod info, just thought it was strange.[/quote]
To me it was obvious it was a bolt on - the neck/skunk stripe would be visible down the front of the body otherwise.

The seller seems straight up, he's messaged me a couple of times, apparently he bought it from a bandmate who had owned it for a few years. It originally had a blank trc and no-one knew what make it was, and he put a Rick cover on it to make it look more authentic. Reckons he's selling it to fund a new guitar.

J.

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[quote name='Bassassin' post='42713' date='Aug 8 2007, 02:44 AM']A nice neck-through Maya:

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=180146974326&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=008"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...A:IT&ih=008[/url]

Item no. 180146974326

I think it's these that are more usually seen badged as Shaftesbury.

J.[/quote]

Different to my Maya. But if it's anything like mine as far as playability & sound, then it's a lovely bass.
Bit like waiting for buses, or fishing - this Rickenfaker spotting lark...
Nothing decent for ages then two prime specimens popping up!

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Sorry about this guys, I know it's a genuine Ricky and therefore (strictly speaking) off-topic, but I feel this deserves honorary membership of the RickenFaker fraternity:

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/70s-RICKENBACKER-4001-BASS_W0QQitemZ180147499247QQihZ008QQcategoryZ4713QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViwItem"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/70s-RICKENBACKER-400...1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

At that price, I'm almost tempted to buy it just so that I can fit Hondo pickups and Shaftesbury tuners ...

The link above doesn't work - try this one: [url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180147499247"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=180147499247[/url]

Edited by Happy Jack

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Here's the item no. for that bit of firewood: 180147499247

That's our loony mate from Germany, must have to pay hundreds every week in Ebay listing fees! :) He's also got this:

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/RICKENBACKER-4000-BASS-OLDIE_W0QQitemZ180147218899QQihZ008QQcategoryZ4713QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZVewItem"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/RICKENBACKER-4000-BA...1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

Item no. 180147218899

Very rare single pickup 4000 - which somebody's already made over with Hondo & Shaftie components, by the sounds of it! :huh:

Personally I'm quite happy to see real Ricks listed in this topic - it would probably help it stay a bit more active. I think there was more general discussion of Ricks & fakes in here when it on the Bass Guitars board.

J.

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Look (or rather, don't) - it's an Invisible Hondo.

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Hondo-2-Bass-Guitar_W0QQitemZ120149946821QQihZ002QQcategoryZ4713QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZiewItem"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Hondo-2-Bass-Guitar_...1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]

Item no. 120149946821

I guess the seller thinks we already know what it looks like - and maybe he's right. Beat-up plywood trash in pinky-yellow PukeGlo?

J.

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Bit of a project this one, across the 'pond'
Unfortunately seller wont despatch overseas.
Still may be of interest to any stateside brethren of the Rickenfaker pursuasion:
[url="http://cgi.ebay.com/SET-Neck-1970s-Japan-STEREO-Copy-BASS-Electric-GUITAR_W0QQitemZ150149812438QQihZ005QQcategoryZ2385QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZewItem"]http://cgi.ebay.com/SET-Neck-1970s-Japan-S...1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]
Item No. 150149812438
Cheers

Edited by nick

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I think it depends upon how you express the link. Some work, some don't.

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150149812438"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=150149812438[/url]

Did that work?

Edit: yes it did.

So to summarise, put it as

[code]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=[/code] followed by the item number

Edited by neepheid

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[quote name='nick' post='43664' date='Aug 10 2007, 10:52 AM']Bit of a project this one, across the 'pond'
Unfortunately seller wont despatch overseas.
Still may be of interest to any stateside brethren of the Rickenfaker pursuasion:
[url="http://cgi.ebay.com/SET-Neck-1970s-Japan-STEREO-Copy-BASS-Electric-GUITAR_W0QQitemZ150149812438QQihZ005QQcategoryZ2385QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZwItem"]http://cgi.ebay.com/SET-Neck-1970s-Japan-S...1QQcmdZViewItem[/url]
Item No. 150149812438
Cheers[/quote]
Very interesting, that one. Looks to me like an early Fuji Gen, basically the same as the through-neck Ibanezes. There's not much left electronically that's original - the scratchplate, electronics & pickups have all been changed.

This would have originally had chrome Mudbuckers (you can see the big rout in the pic with the plate off) but the scratchplate & pickup have been replaced with a proper Rick type one & hi-gain neck pup. The small chrome neck pup surround has been swapped for a proper one - and you can see a Jazz pup peeking out from under the cover! It also seems to have terminal tail-lift. Definitely needs a Hipshot.

This might well have been branded as an Electra originally - they sourced Rick copies from FujiGen, Matsumoku and Kasuga, and seemed to be prone to unusual colour combinations - like the very odd rosewood board with black blocks on this one. A guy I know in the states collects Electra Rickalikes - I'll find out if he's seen this one.

J.

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In full-on IT Luddite mode, I'll try Neepheid's advice:

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230158553163"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=230158553163[/url]

If that works, you should be looking at a Tokai in Spain.

Yes YES [b]YES[/b]!

Nice one Neepheid.

Edited by Happy Jack

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Looking at the re-built 4000 that Bassassin dug up, why would you fit a brass bridge/end-piece and then fail to polish it, resulting in some pretty ghastly corrosion?

Either polish it, or have it chromed / nickel-plated according to taste.

Mind you, anyone who would fit chicken-heads to a genuine Ricky clearly needs help.

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[quote name='Happy Jack' post='44011' date='Aug 10 2007, 10:04 PM']In full-on IT Luddite mode, I'll try Neepheid's advice:

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230158553163"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=230158553163[/url]

If that works, you should be looking at a Tokai in Spain.

Yes YES [b]YES[/b]!

Nice one Neepheid.[/quote]

Not sure what this is - but as far as I know, Tokai never made a 4001 copy in the "lawsuit" days. Judging from the bridge & tuners, I think this is modern, probably one of these "Rockinbetter" things the Bass Centre sells for as much as a second hand real one!

J.

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[quote name='Bassassin' post='42253' date='Aug 7 2007, 12:01 AM']Here's what looks like a bolt-neck, mono output Matsumoku (with wavy Grover copies & toaster), looks in very nice nick as far as one can tell, and is listed in such a way as to be completely missed by anyone searching specifically for Rick copies:

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160145049318&indexURL=0&photoDisplayType=2#ebayphotohosting"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...bayphotohosting[/url][/quote]

Sold for £160 - an absolute steal, by the looks of it. Wasn't one of you lot, was it?

I was at rehearsal otherwise I might well have had a punt myself. :)

J.

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Well golly-gosh wow! Danged if it isn't another Ibanez! And he only wants £750 for it!

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290150285200"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=290150285200[/url]

Blink and you'll miss it ...

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[quote name='Happy Jack' post='45558' date='Aug 15 2007, 12:37 AM']Well golly-gosh wow! Danged if it isn't another Ibanez! And he only wants £750 for it!

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290150285200"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=290150285200[/url]

Blink and you'll miss it ...[/quote]

You can get a proper ric for that, used obviously but a proper one. I saw a blue burst 4003 on ot the bay yesterday buy it now for £899. It wasn't on for long.

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[quote name='Happy Jack' post='45558' date='Aug 15 2007, 12:37 AM']Blink and you'll miss it ...[/quote]

Blink.

Gone.

That's what I get for wasting my time moving house. £750? :) :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh:

Anyway, the Hondo with no bridge or knobs has returned - yours for £300 delivered:

[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=250155066168"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=250155066168[/url]

Don't all rush at once.

J.

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[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160148168787"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=160148168787[/url]

DIY.

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[quote name='neepheid' post='47138' date='Aug 18 2007, 02:26 PM'][url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160148168787"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=160148168787[/url]

DIY.[/quote]


Hmmm. DOA more like it. :)

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[quote name='neepheid' post='47138' date='Aug 18 2007, 02:26 PM'][url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160148168787"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=160148168787[/url]

DIY.[/quote]Some muppet tries to cure a cracked headstock by screwing a chunk of hardboard to the back of it, and this bloke describes it as 'quite a good' repair?? Ye gods, I'd hate to see his idea of 'shoddy'. :)

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the neck is "straight and true"... only because it's not under load... wonder why he photographed it in bits? probably doesn't all go together...

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[quote name='nick' post='47741' date='Aug 20 2007, 02:38 PM']Not sure who's most mad; the seller or the bidders?! :)[/quote]

The sellers are rarely mad.

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[quote name='Rich' post='47694' date='Aug 20 2007, 01:20 PM']Some muppet tries to cure a cracked headstock by screwing a chunk of hardboard to the back of it, and this bloke describes it as 'quite a good' repair?? Ye gods, I'd hate to see his idea of 'shoddy'. :)[/quote]


"Hardboard"?

Are you sure, Rich? I've got a sinking feeling that it's a piece of steel plate with some surface corrosion.

If I'm right, then the headstock will also have a sinking feeling every time the owner straps that bass on.

Mind you, if I'm right, then that is one superb offensive weapon in a pub fight ...

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