i recently bought a 1981 mapleglo 4001 bass on ebay, and even though i'm not shy about buying my basses online (5 of my last 6 bass purchases have been from online, the majority have turned out great, but ended up selling them in the end), this time i think i got something that is along the lines of what most people warn me about. this is the description: MUST SELL! my '81 Rickenbacker 4001 Bass. This beautiful Natural finish bass has been played on many rock and pop records i have produced that you may have heard on the radio, and it sounds and plays amazing. in great shape, considering the miles it's seen. never dropped or refinished. no broken headstocks or anything like that. hate to see it go, but i don't use her anymore. PLEASE, if you are a grownup still living with your parents, sitting with your guitar in your bedroom and so bored that you feel the need to ask me a million senseless questions that i don't have time to answer DO NOT BID. serious players and buyers only need to bid. I don't have that kind of time, and my eBay history speaks for itself. HAPPY BIDDING!!! oh.. this comes with a brand new hardshell case! *end* it doesnt talk about the finish problems, which even there are some big ones (all on the back, so the audience can't see them) they are NOT the reason that i am here. there are four problems that i am concerned about 1. when i plugged in the bass, it seems that that the jack is loose or something, (the nut seems fine) because when i plug it in and try to move with the bass, or play it while sitting, the jack makes noises, not unlike the sound you get when you plug in your bass while your amp and volume is on. 2. when i pulled the bass out, 2 of the labels on the knobs fell off, and stayed off. 3. i don't know about this one, but when i plugged the bass in and played, it only plays through the neck pickup, no bridge. i messaged him about these 3 problems, and his reply was that the 4001's work differently and if i use a mono guitar cable and only 1 amp, that i could only play out of 1 pickup. i personally have never heard of this, and i did a search on the internet, and it seems it's a non-existant topic. the fourth problem, and honestly this is the one which i think will be the key to getting my return/buyer protection is that the case that the bass came in is far from BRAND NEW, like it says the description. the case, i am not kidding, looks older than the rick, it's beatem up, taped up, and the worst part is, 2 of the 3 clamps/latches/whatever are broken, and they've been literally broken off. and what remains of them is taped up. this is one beautiful bass, and i really hoped it would play the same, but it's just not working out for me. do you think i should ask for a return, even though the actual auction said no returns accepted. i don't know what to do with this, and i don't want to sell it someone else, because then hed just end up coming after me. should i talk to ebay to look into buyer protection? i mean even though it's a technicality, i can still probably get somewhere with the case argument, because technically it's not as described.what do you guys think? EDIT: also, do you buy his reasoning for why the bass only plays through one pickup?