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Rickenbacker 4003 in fireglo and Hofner ignition bass for a Rickenbacker 4003s?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FishIslander, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. FishIslander


    Jun 11, 2015
    Looking to trade my rickenbacker 4003 in fireglo and hofner ignition bass for a Rickenbacker 4003s?
  2. Not worth it, 4003S are cheaper than the regular 4003 and have a simpler design as it only has mono output. To trade a 4003 and a ~$800 Hofner for a 4003S seems a bit asymmetrical, IMO.
    Reverend179 likes this.
  3. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Looking at this from a UK point of view, used 4003 basses seem to hover around £1500. Some go for cheaper, and some go for substantially more, especially if vintage. Right now there is a used 4003S in Jetglo for £1,622.50, and a used 4003 in Mapleglo for £1,853.50, on Ebay UK. Demand quickly and consistently outstrips supply for RIC instruments in the UK. Perhaps the situation is more favourable (for a buyer, less for a seller) in the US? I think in the UK you can name your price if the slow boat from Santa Ana hasn't appeared in a while.

    When the 4003S basses arrived here in the UK many retailers were selling them for £1599. I would therefore suggest that a used 4003 bass, in good condition, is worth the same as a new 4003S, and that the Hofner shouldn't come into the frame at all.
  4. fermata


    Nov 10, 2015
    Just look up used prices for all three and do the math.
    (The Ignition, by the way, is around $300--it's the Contemporary that retails for around $800.)
  5. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    The big question is, what do you think you'll gain by chopping the 2 in, to be replaced by a "lower spec" version of one the one's you already have?

    I'm assuming that there's a Beatles connection in there somewhere (a Hofner and a Ric?).

    OK, the "classic" 4003 doesn't have the dot inlays, and the 4003S would therefore be more "period correct", but I'd stick with the 4003 and the Hofner.
  6. RickyWoo


    May 26, 2016
    What's your question? Is it worth it? Financially, not ever. Sentimentally, maybe? Are you looking for someone on here to trade with? I think you'd be better off selling both basses and buying the 4003s outright, if you'd like a 4003s that bad, opposed to trading.
  7. Rabidhamster


    Jan 15, 2014
    Prolly wanna be a supporting member then, theres a page for that.
    byoung93888 and Jeff Scott like this.
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    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
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