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Rickenbacker advice please #2710351 08/02/15 10:17 PM
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hi guys,

I'm looking for a wee bit of advice.

I am going back to the UK in a couple of weeks. My old friend has had my 1980 Maple Glow Rickenbacker 4001 bass hanging on his studio wall for too many years.

Now he wants it to go, and knows a someone who is interested in buying it.

Although this has come as a bit of a shock, it should be sold to someone who is going to use it. I haven't used it regularly for years.

The trouble is I don't know how much to charge for it. It's in very good, if not excellent condition and everything works, but when I search ebay or whatever, the prices vary drastically from about $3200 to $1800. But these prices are not the final prices. I know that the price can change dramatically in the last few minutes on ebay.

I've emailed the buyer and said I understamd that if he buys it, it'll save me a lot of hassle etc. He's played the guitar, and is happy with it.

I am keen to sell it at a price that is fair to him and fair to me.

Can anyone suggest what a fair price would be?

Alan

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Re: Rickenbacker advice please [Re: Alanxyz] #2710367 08/02/15 11:17 PM
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When I sell things I weigh the market value against how badly I want to sell it... I tend to under price... but my things sell fast... which is my goal.

$2000


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Re: Rickenbacker advice please [Re: Ross Brown] #2710368 08/02/15 11:24 PM
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Welcome to the forum. But that bass is maybe 8 to 1200 dollars tops. Prolly less depending on condition. I mean, c'mon? is the neck good and the truss rods functional? Do you know what that means? Old rics are unpredictable. I wouldn't risk it. But yeah, when I was 16 I rocked a 1980 4001 and it was awesome.

Re: Rickenbacker advice please [Re: Imogene] #2710374 08/02/15 11:45 PM
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When checking Ebay, you need to check "sold listings" and see what they actually sold for. Looks like most of them in good shape are in the $1300-$1500 range.

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Re: Rickenbacker advice please [Re: J. Dead] #2710380 08/03/15 01:28 AM
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Thanks for the input guys

Ross - I get your drift, better to sell than not.

Imogene - yeah I know what that means, so does he, he's checked it out and happy

J Dan - Thanks for that, never knew about the 'sold listings' before

The thing is guys, it seems every Rickenbacker I've seen for sale is more expensive in the UK than the USA. Why? I have no idea. Hell, when this transaction is over, and I tell you the price, maybe you'll all be sending your old Rickies to the UK smile

All opinions welcome

Alan

Re: Rickenbacker advice please [Re: Alanxyz] #2710478 08/03/15 02:45 PM
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My guess is that there are just not as many available. You have a country with 1/6 the population in proximity to other countries where there is a likely market for them. It's like selling vintage synthesizers in Japan - they go for huge money. All I'd say is check UK listing using the "sold listings" and get a better idea. Using the US listings, I would say not to ask more than $1800 but be ready to drop to $1500 or less on a counter offer. If there's a premium in the UK, I can't imagine it would be that much....maybe factoring exchange rates, IDK.

As mentioned though, you do have the convenience factor of a ready buyer. Have you considered asking him to make an offer? You can gauge his initial offer against the range you've seen and maybe figure out somewhere in the middle that's fair to both.

Negotiation 101 - if you want 6, ask 7, they counter 5, you meet in the middle and get what you wanted.


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Re: Rickenbacker advice please [Re: J. Dead] #2710484 08/03/15 02:59 PM
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I'd have trouble paying more that $1000 for a 1980 Ric that's been hanging that long.

If I played it and it was good, the neck was fine, the truss rods worked and it was in relatively good nick I'd go $1500.


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Originally Posted By: kenfxj
I'd have trouble paying more that $1000 for a 1980 Ric that's been hanging that long.

If I played it and it was good, the neck was fine, the truss rods worked and it was in relatively good nick I'd go $1500.


+1.

Not a great era for the 4001 and, yes, it hanging unplayed that long would concern me.

Re: Rickenbacker advice please [Re: DJR_Bos] #2717122 08/31/15 01:08 AM
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Just to let everyone know, I sold it for £1600. I think I could've got a wee bit more, but he was there, no advertising needed etc etc. I'm happy, he's happy smile

Thanks a lot for your advice guys

Re: Rickenbacker advice please [Re: Alanxyz] #2717586 09/01/15 07:25 PM
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If my money calculator is right, that says you got +$2,400 U.S. for it -- good deal for you!


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Re: Rickenbacker advice please [Re: Ross Brown] #2717765 09/02/15 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted By: Ross Brown
When I sell things I weigh the market value against how badly I want to sell it... I tend to under price... but my things sell fast... which is my goal.

$2000



just sayin'......


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