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Is this trade worth it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lauri Lahtinen, Dec 16, 2020.

  1. Lauri Lahtinen

    Lauri Lahtinen

    Sep 1, 2020
    Hi! I really need some help. I have a Rickenbacker 4003 and i have a love hate relationship with it. I really love the looks but other than that, its really not the bass for me.

    I got one trade offer asking, if id like to trade my Rickenbacker to an Alembic Essence from 1990. Is it worth it money wise? I like to play some funk, jazz and some rock. My Rickenbacker is from 2013 and it is in fireglo finnish.

    Please help
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  2. Lauri Lahtinen

    Lauri Lahtinen

    Sep 1, 2020

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  3. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    Not being a fan of the Ricky bass, and you never bonded, I’d say jump on it.

    Fair trade? No additional cash?

    I just parted with a PRS that never hit me.

    Never do I even think about it.
  4. Lauri Lahtinen

    Lauri Lahtinen

    Sep 1, 2020
    Yeah it would be a trade with no additional cash. Im just not sure about the value of the alembic, since they are quite rare. Thanks for your input.
  5. blacktocomm

    blacktocomm Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    The mountains
    That’s a fair trade in terms of value imo.
  6. Lauri Lahtinen

    Lauri Lahtinen

    Sep 1, 2020
    Ok, thank you for your input.
  7. Kikegg


    Mar 3, 2011
    Madrid, Spain
    If the deal makes both parts happy why worry about the money
  8. Because it’s hard to know if you will be happy with the new instrument before you’ve made the trade.
  9. Lauri Lahtinen

    Lauri Lahtinen

    Sep 1, 2020
    I dont want to lose money.
  10. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    The Alembic would probably sell for more if that's what you're asking.
  11. Lauri Lahtinen

    Lauri Lahtinen

    Sep 1, 2020
    That is exactly what im asking, thank you. I am a young bassist and i want to try as many basses as possible before i settle to some bass. That means that i will probably trade the alembic at some point so i just needed to know that will i lose money. And no, my parents or anyone else did not pay for my Rickenbacker or any of my gear, i worked my ass of last year.
  12. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Given what the used market on Alembics is like right now, I think this is a very fair trade. The Essence model electronic package goes to the heart of the Alembic sound. My first Alembic was an Essence. It was a fabulous bass.

  13. Lauri Lahtinen

    Lauri Lahtinen

    Sep 1, 2020
    Thanks for your input!
  14. Lauri Lahtinen

    Lauri Lahtinen

    Sep 1, 2020
    Btw, how can i be sure that it isnt fake? Any easy giveaways?
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  15. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    I could be completely wrong, but I don't think any of the fakes have that bridge and tailpiece.
    I'm sure you could contact Alembic with the serial number for verification.
  16. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    The Alembic looks correct to me.

    I would do that trade.
  17. Lauri Lahtinen

    Lauri Lahtinen

    Sep 1, 2020
    Ok, thanks for your input.
  18. MotorCityMinion


    Jun 15, 2017
    Make sure the truss rod works on the Alembic. Other than that, go for it. The Ric would always sell faster but not necessarily for more money. That Alembic looks nice.
  19. Lauri Lahtinen

    Lauri Lahtinen

    Sep 1, 2020
    How do i check that it works?
  20. It just occurred to me that every trade I made for musical stuff...I regretted years later. Buy the Alembic.
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