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#1 User is offline   EpiphoneFan1989 

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:37 AM

I found this great looking Ric copy on a german shop. The price is unbelievable good. Has someone experience with it?

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:50 AM

I've owned (and sold) 2 Ric copies. The first was a DelRey 325 copy, the second was an unmarked (maker's name removed)Hamburg. Both had unstable neck joints. It was almost like a tremelo. I wouldn't think about it unless you get the chance to play it first and check it's overall integrity. If it's solid, well, then maybe. Wish I could read the description.
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 05:28 PM

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:58 AM

View Posttweed2, on 12 January 2012 - 11:50 AM, said:

I've owned (and sold) 2 Ric copies. The first was a DelRey 325 copy, the second was an unmarked (maker's name removed)Hamburg. Both had unstable neck joints. It was almost like a tremelo. I wouldn't think about it unless you get the chance to play it first and check it's overall integrity. If it's solid, well, then maybe. Wish I could read the description.


Thanks for your answer. Do you think itīs worth the risk? How good was the sound? I think iīll order it in the next weeks. Is the guitar bad Iīll send it back. I love Rics but I hate the price. And the price of this copy is awesome. I canīt resist....
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:13 AM

If you can return it (you may have to pay the return shipping), why not. As far as sound, there is little in common with the real thing, other than looks. The woods used are different, I'm sure the pickups aren't even close and the bridge is difficult to verify. But, I've seen used Ric hi-gain pickups on eBay go fairly cheap, so you could change those out. The two issues I had with my copies were the dodgy neck and the crappy pickups. If the neck connection is good and you can find some replacement PUs, you could end up with something fun to play, for a reasonable price. I'd maybe change the tailpiece out, for looks, but that's me. I noticed that the seller nentions a warranty (the translated description). Is that from the manufacturer or the seller? A warranty would put it way ahead of the cheap Chinese knock offs.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:25 AM

The warranty is from the seller. The manufacturer is the sellers own brand. Have found some reasons in a german forum. Seems to be a pretty good guitar. Iīll contact the seller. He should know...
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:33 PM

I don't want to be boring or anything but aren't you saving for a Casino? I think you would be better off with a Casino rather than that ric-copy. Different wood, humbuckers and a bolt on neck? I don't think that will give you ricsounds and it looks dodgy, so get the Casino, I think it seems like a much nicer guitar.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:00 PM

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I don't want to be boring or anything but aren't you saving for a Casino? I think you would be better off with a Casino rather than that ric-copy. Different wood, humbuckers and a bolt on neck? I don't think that will give you ricsounds and it looks dodgy, so get the Casino, I think it seems like a much nicer guitar.

Just my 2 cents.


That´s right. I´ll buy the Casino in May on my Birthday. (It´s my absolutely dream guitar) [thumbup]

The Ric copy is only on my "maybe-list". I'm excited to see what the dealer says to this guitar.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:06 PM

Check this out and let your minds be blowed...or blowen? :mellow:
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:16 PM

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Check this out and let your minds be blowed...or blowen? :mellow:
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Thatīs a cool guitar but too expensive for me. I have the budget for the Casino and maybe the "Rickenbacker" for this year.

I have found a gallery. Looks nice in my opinion.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:17 PM

I don't have any experience with that particular brand.From the pix it seems to be well made but the biggest part of a Rick`s sound are the pickups.Rickenbacker pickups-especially the toasters-have a unique jangle that most manufacturers fail to emulate.So that`s another disadvantage of buying sight unseen,if it doesn`t have that Rick jangle it`s just another guitar so the aesthetics are the only things that the guitar would have going for it in that case.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:21 PM

View PostEpiphoneFan1989, on 13 January 2012 - 01:16 PM, said:

Thatīs a cool guitar but too expensive for me. I have the budget for the Casino and maybe the "Rickenbacker" for this year.

I have found a gallery. Looks nice in my opinion.

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Dude its $549...its amazing for that price alone.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:24 PM

View Postdem00n, on 13 January 2012 - 01:21 PM, said:

Dude its $549...its amazing for that price alone.


Right, but my budget is low and the Casino has top priority, as I said. [wink]
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 04:01 PM

I was not aware that you were also in the market for a Casino, too. Boy, if it was my call, I would forego the Ric copy and either get the Casino a little earlier, or have a little around for possible upgrades to it or to start towards your next guitar. I would think that the money would be better spent. I own a Ric and it's the last guitar in my collection that I will part with (or have pried out of my cold hands), so I understand the desire for one (or something like it). If money's tight, save it for something that'll count. If you have some money to blow on a whim, then go for the copy. Just my 2 cents.
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 11:56 AM

Okay, Iīll see.
But I hope that I get an answer from the seller tomorrow. Iīm very interested in his opinion.
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 01:24 AM

If I had a choice between a Casino and a Rick copy the answer would be a no-brainer the Casino would come out on top for the simple fact that the Casino's quality has been proven time and time again and there isn't a very good chance that anyone has come out with a pickup that can match the"jangle"of the Rickenbacker.BTW I'm currently saving up for a used Rickenbacker and will most like looking at Pick Of The Ricks in New Jersey-they have about the largest collection of used Ricks in the world. Try them here: http://www.pickofthericks.com/
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Posted 18 January 2012 - 10:30 AM

I got an answer from the seller. He says itīs a pretty good guitar for the price. Of course the guitar doesnīt comes near to an original Ric but the quality is absolutely okay. I trust him. The employees from this store are absolutely fair in the consultations.

I think Iīll risk it after my relocation to my new flat in march. And Iīll use the send-back option, if the guitar is not so good.

I hope you can understand my decision. No risk, no fun. [biggrin]
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Posted 19 January 2012 - 10:31 AM

The Rick copies are for the most part

1. Novelty
2. Nothing like a Rick

Me and my friend have owned 5-6 Ric copies (350,325,330,12 strings) and the only comparison was that they looked a bit like the real thing and the only benefit that they were affordable. It was essential for us to have the look for starting a Beatles tribute band but in terms of playability and quality control they're comparable to a low end chinese/korean guitar. We both now own the real thing (Rickenbacker 330/12c63 and 325c64) and couldn't dream of trying to recreate "those" tones with the copies we had.

All depends on what you want it for I suppose...

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