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Is it just me or do Rick copies sometimes just look .... wrong?

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I dunno, I see lots of Rickenbacker copies, but they always somehow just look "wrong", and not in a good way.

 

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I see lots of LP copies, Strat copies, etc., that look a bit different in a good way. But all the Rick copies I see just look ..... meh.

 

More:

 

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If it was just the legal problem, couldn't they change the design of the guitar in a way that looks nice. It's possible for other styles of guitars.

 

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The Ric is an odd shape to begin with. It's a tough one to evoke without looking stupid.

 

Yeah, I guess that's right. But surely it's not impossible.

 

I like the styling of most of the Italia range, but the Rimini ..... not so much:

 

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Mine look pretty much spot-on... but they are also from the 70s & 80s before Ric dropped the hammer on copies/replicas. Modern Ric "copies" are more of an "inspired-by" ilk.

 

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I've heard that the "Anniversary" Rick copies are modern day Tokai copies. But, I haven't seen any in person and have only seen small photos online. A shop not too far from me is supposed to have them in stock. Maybe one day I'll go see them.

 

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The Ric is an odd shape to begin with. It's a tough one to evoke without looking stupid.


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This. Ricks have a very refined ugliness, which ranges from passable to "so ugly it's mean as balls" (think 4001). a knockoff is just hideous.

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That's because Rick's lawyers make Gibson's look like layabouts...

 

Exactly. They did such a great job of enforcing their patents early on, that you can't find a copy that closely resembles one. Instead, I'm a fan of the guitars that pay homage to the Ric, like that new Schecter (can't remember the name).

 

EDIT: Great minds...

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My first electric guitar was a Teisco May Queen that someone put a Ric nameplate on and sold me as a Ric (I was young and stupid and there was no internet) for $85.00

 

For years I kept looking for another one.

 

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