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I would like to buy a new truss rod cover or "R" Tailpiece. Why does Rickenbacker require me to trade in my old one?
The recent spate of 'copy guitars' sporting genuine Rickenbacker nameplates and "R" Tailpieces, has forced us to adopt a stringent nameplate replacement policy. Customers must return at least half of any nameplate/"R" Tailpiece in order to purchase a new one.

While it might be relatively easy to counterfeit some of these parts, it's also a serious crime. Moving a legitimate plate to a non-Rickenbacker is primarily a civil issue, while making counterfeit plates is a criminal matter which may result in imprisonment.

Jack plates, which generally have the guitar serial number stamped on them, are also a controlled item. In order to obtain a new jackplate with proper serial number, the buyer must return the existing plate, otherwise a special sequence serial number, registered to the buyer, will be applied to the new plate.

Finally, all limited edition guitar signature pick plates are similarly restricted. A broken plate must be tendered in order to buy a replacement, if available.

These measures are directed primarily toward retaining the resale value of genuine Rickenbacker guitars for their owners. It is also designed to protect somewhat less knowledgeable buyers from those who would offer non-Rickenbacker products as the genuine article. Finally, our name is our reputation and we must be sure we're able to insure that the goods sporting the logo meet the quality standards our customers demand.

The sale of all logo items such as nameplates and R-Tailpieces is held at Rickenbacker's sole discretion.

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