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Krdavis
Username: Krdavis

Registered: 09-2005
Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 12:52 am:   

How many years did Ibanez make the Rickenbacker style basses?
Harry
Username: Harry

Registered: 03-2001
Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 6:00 am:   

Hi Krdavis

The first Ibanez Ricky copies appeared in 1973 and they were in production until 1978. There were various models and colours. Some had bolt-on necks, some had set necks and there were even Ricky copies with neck-through-body construction. Available colours were maroon (kinda red burst), natural and black.

Kind greetz,
Harry
Gemberbier
Username: Gemberbier

Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 6:44 am:   

Hi Harry,

Alway nice to see how well-informed you are. It's mainly a matter of carefully saving your old documentation and you obviously started soon.
But I have a remark of your description of the colour maroon. It mean chestnut brown or auburn.
(Marron in French means brown). As a noun the word is also used for South-African "bosnegers", for negro slaves who ran away and outcast. As a verb it is used for lazy behaviour (racist origin).
It would be nice how it really looks like. Someone got pictures of this colour on an Ibanez guitar?

Greetz,

Ginger Ale
Brentm
Username: Brentm

Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 10:02 am:   

I think he's going for the version of Maroon that means "the act of leaving someone on a deserted island".

http://www.break-even.org/ibz73/imagesibanez/la/image19.jpg

-Brent
Harry
Username: Harry

Registered: 03-2001
Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 11:20 am:   

Ginger

It was not me who invented "maroon" as a discription for the redburst colour, it was listed in the original Ibanez catalogues that way.
Maybe the Japanese didn't get the meaning of it either; maybe it just sounded right.

Harry
Gemberbier
Username: Gemberbier

Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 7:58 pm:   

Brent,
Thank you for the idiomatic supplementation.


Harry,
Thanks for the catalogue picture.
It would be nice to see this colour on a real guitar.
The old catalogue looks a bit faded. It's almost pinkish...
But you could be right. Sometimes they call a guitar brown sunburst, like one of my TA-61 (Aria Pro II), though it's very much like cherry sunburst.

Ginger Ale
Harry
Username: Harry

Registered: 03-2001
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 - 11:15 am:   

Ginger

Here's a picture of my own "maroon" Ibanez Ricky.

my picture

Kind greetz,
Harry
Gemberbier
Username: Gemberbier

Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 - 12:34 pm:   

Well, that's chestnut brown burst. It always sounds more friendly if you call someone's hair chestnut brown (auburn) than to call someone carrot top or... ginger! Haha!
(In my case Ginger is just a word game based on an anagram).

Beautiful guitar, Harry!

Interesting pickup(s) too!
They look a lot like the humbuckers on my Hondo II H76 natural ash (Jazz bass shape with a huge maple neck).
Could be of the same manufacturer.
I never had mine out, but do you happen to know who made them? (Was this perhaps an example of GOOD MAXXONs?)
Mine sound very good with Warwick Red Labels (stainless steel roundwounds).
Are you satisfied with the sound of yours?

Greetz,

Ginger Ale
Johns
Username: Johns

Registered: 02-2001
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 - 6:01 pm:   

Harry:

Is this a setneck or bolt on? I always loved the Rick basses. How does it play/sound?
Harry
Username: Harry

Registered: 03-2001
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 7:09 am:   

John, Ginger!

Ginger, I think you should reset the colour spectrum of your monitor, since the burst is definitely red as red can be and NOT chestnut (brownish) red.
I wondered earlier why you called the Ricky catalogue picture "almost pink".....?????

John: I only play my Ibanez guitars and basses once: when I have cleaned every part, put them together and run a check to see if everything works like it should. So I never really use any Ibanez in a band-setting, neither in the rehearsal room or on stage.
The sound of this (by the way: bolt-on) Rick copy is good and useful, but the sound character is not anywhere near the typical sound of the real Rick.

Kind greetz,
Harry
Krdavis
Username: Krdavis

Registered: 09-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2006 - 2:16 am:   

O.K. the reason I was asking is I'm selling mine and needed to know for a potential buyer (which fell through) Mine is natural, bolt on neck, but does not have original truss cover. Person that owned it put on a Rickenbacker cover. So what are these worth? It was made in April, 1977
Jchester
Username: Jchester

Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2006 - 11:32 am:   

For the record, Ric calls their "red" color "Fireglo".
Bassassin
Username: Bassassin

Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2006 - 3:49 pm:   

But why do they call their brown colour "Montezuma Brown" rather than the far more descriptive & accurate "Sh!tglo"?

In the UK, a Rick bass copy (doesn't need to be an Ibanez) which manages to last the course of an Ebay auction (easy - just don't say "R*ckenb*cker"!) can fetch up to 500 - that's over $900 US. It seems Rickenbacker's efforts to prevent the sale of these old copies is simply making them more desirable, valuable & sought-after. But I'm sure they know what they're doing.


Jon.

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