Today visiting a music store here in town (Brussels, Belgium) my eyes fell on this (what I thought was a) Rickenbacker bass. While looking at it, I was thinking to myself that something is a bit off with the proportions here. Is this a new model or what? Then checking the price tag I realized that something was way off. Finally checking the head at first I thought it said Rickenbacker, but reading twice I realized it was something else. Damn, are those fakes close to the originals ... Wouldn't this fall under some copyright infringement, or unfair competition clause?? I mean, I am a relatively seasoned Rickenbacker owner with several Rickenbacker guitars at home, and normally I would spot a fake quite fast. But I was actually surprised how this one almost fooled me ...
Think many of us have had a similar experience. At a music store in Dessau, Germany, about ten years ago (before I owned a Rick), I saw either a 330 or 360 that seemed real to me, including the TRC, except for the price. The other indicator was that the inside of the guitar was painted JG like the rest of the guitar - probably from a spray booth. I knew even then that Ricks weren't painted on the inside.
The shame is that "brand" you mention is pretty widespread and even has a FB page. I'm sure it's on the radar of Rick legal, though, as these have been discussed at the other forum for a few years now.
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