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Good deal on a Blue Burst Rickenbacker?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rockin Mike, Dec 12, 2012.


  1. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    I have a chance at a 2007 Ric 4003 Blue Burst at $2499 in the USA. Serial # 0711550. It needs a setup pretty bad.

    Is this a:
    1. bad price
    2. fair price
    3. good price
    4. great price

    Thanks for your opinions!
     
  2. JFOC

    JFOC

    Oct 23, 2010
    The Shire
    Seems pretty high, most ric's on ebay are ~1750
     
  3. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Crazy expensive. You can get a new Ric for about $1500 shipped.

    IIRC, Blue Burst is a rare color though, so I can see it getting more money.
     
  4. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Yeah the Blue Burst does command more, they only made them for a couple of years, but how much more?
     
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  6. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Probably a question better asked in the Ric megathread.
     
  7. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Not that much more.
    Tell him to knock $1000 off.
     
  8. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Astoria, Oregon
    People on ebay are still operating under the assumption that Ric's are rare and 2 grand.
     
  9. jlepre

    jlepre

    Nov 12, 2007
    Warwick, NY
    The finish is worth whatever it is to the prospective buyer. ME? I wouldn't pay $2500. It's USED remember.
     
  10. sloppy_phil

    sloppy_phil

    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Disclosures:
    Not actually named Phil
    that seems pretty expensive to me. You should be able to nab one of those under $2000 for sure, probably even lower than that. If they're not willing to negotiate, I'd look elsewhere. If the colour really is what makes it for you, hold out and be patient; another will come along. It always does
     
  11. Kmonk

    Kmonk

    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    Price is high. Should be in the mid to high teens even in blue.
     
  12. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    Much too much. Look elsewhere.
     
  13. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    I see these on Ebay asking $4000 and selling for $2600 to $2800 so I was curious.
    The completed auctions on Ebay only show 30 days of data so it can fluctuate higher and lower than real market value especially when there are only a few samples.

    Thanks for the input, folks, I will pass on this deal.
     
  14. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Unless Blueburst is the reason you want this, pass. But if the whole point is to aquire a Blueburst Ric, the price is not too terribly high. On the high side, maybe, but certainly not outrageously high, imo.
     
  15. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
  16. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    You could buy a brand new 4003 in Maple glo for $1650 and have it finished in blueburst by someone like Marty Bell, Pat Wilkins or a Ric expert like Paul Wilczynski and still have $500 or so left over.

    I'd certainly pass at that price.
     
  17. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
  18. It is "about" right for a blue burst. They only did the color for one year (I believe) so it is a little on the rare side....

    However, I will defer to Ric owners with more experience on the subject - I play 'em, but I don't buy them all that often..;)

    Let me add, however, that I passed up a CS (Chris Squire) back in '93 because I didn't want to fork over 2 grand......I'm STILL kicking myself in the ass over that one....
     
  19. All right doggone it!! I did a little research and I need some help here....

    I was under the impression that "Blueburst" was the color of the year in 2005 but this bass (in question) was built in 2007...

    Did Ric (apparently so) continue building Blueburst models after 2005?????? Like I said, I'm confused - which would make sense with the lack of sleep recently....:p
     
  20. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I was thinking the same thing actually...which made me wonder if this particular Ric was authentic or refinished, but I'm still new to Ric's in general to really know.
     
  21. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    I looked up the serial number, it was made in the 11th week of 2007.
    If it is a refinish it is a fine job. I've never seen a real Blueburst up close so I couldn't say for sure.