For those searching for good deals on Rickenbacker basses: having the latest info like like would have saved me some effort - so I thought I'd post this for the next guy or gal. I have no relationship with any of these retailers - and in fact only heard of some of them via TB -- with a special hat tip to TB'er electracoyote. This is as of August 2012 -- this may not be the case depending when you view this. But I would suggest starting your search by contacting these three great retailers (after searching TB for some used ones that is). Bruce Beard from Wildwood Guitars http://www.wildwoodguitars.com/ out of Louisville, Colorado offered (via email, not advertised) $1510 which includes shipping. Pick of The Rick's http://www.pickofthericks.com/ offered something very close and, to their great credit, said they'd go further to match Wildwood's offer. Musician's Friend http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ could get down as low as $1657 for one of the finishes -- but no further. Also another note: some of these and other retails would only offer the traditional $1800, $1900, $2000+ prices when I first talked to them -- and only started getting serious with their deals once I mentioned what some of these other guys were offering. Hope this helps someone find a great playing bass -- and helps these retailers who are offering good deals.