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Rickenbacker value?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vivaknoxvegas, Jul 18, 2003.


  1. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
    Do 1973 and pre-1973 Ricks bring more of a price than 1974 and up years? If so, why?

    What is a fair price range for a 70s rick in decent condition? I just need some good estimations.
     
  2. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Ontario
    Speaking of 70's ricks, I noticed a 75 in the local classifieds the other day for $1200 (*sigh*, if only this was six months later and I had the money for that). I've gotten to thinking -- wouldn't a 75 Rick cost a lot more than $1200 CAD? I mean, something has to be wrong with it.
     
  3. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
  4. Davehenning

    Davehenning

    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I bought my decent condition '78 Rick a around 1998 for about $750.
     
  5. kutz

    kutz

    Mar 19, 2003
    Orange County CA
    The 1973 and earlier Ricks usually go for more because they have the older style pickups and checkered binding. Sometime in 73 they updated the pickups and did away with that type of binding around the body.

    It seems like most mid 70's Ricks in decent condition are going for $750-$1000, which I think is crazy.
     
  6. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
    What is different about the 73 and earlier pickups? Better, worse?
     
  7. SleeperMan2000

    SleeperMan2000

    Jul 31, 2002
    Cary NC
    How do you date a Ric?

    I bought mine in '94 at "Outlaw Guitars". Tag said "74 Ric". It has the checkerboard binding. Not sure if the pickguard is original, but thing is all back except for the white on the binding.

    My brother fixed it up and said it was an 1986, he checked on their website. "Shadow" Bass or some such.

    I paid $425 for it 9 years ago, and it sounds great, though someone sure beat the s*#t out of it before I bought it.
     
  8. tim4003

    tim4003

    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA
  9. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    I've owned 2 4001's; a white one and a black one.

    Both from early 70's. Both in fine shape. Paid less than $500. for each one.

    $1000 is way out of control for these basses.
     
  10. kutz

    kutz

    Mar 19, 2003
    Orange County CA
    The pre-73 basses have a toaster pickup in the neck position. It has a lower output and generally sounds smoother than the current hi-gain neck pickups. The toaster also looks different.

    Even though this is a new bass, it has a toaster pickup in it: http://www.the-music-connection.com/pics/r405bd.jpg


    Here's one with the current pickup: http://www.the-music-connection.com/pics/r433bd.jpg

    I have a '75 that I paid $500 for about 8 years ago and just bought a '76 fretless for $450. Both were in great shape and only needed a spray of contact cleaner on the output jacks & toggle switch. The fretless had a few paint chips, but looked good for a 27 year old bass. The '75 had flames painted on it by a guy that customizes harleys.
     
  11. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
  12. SleeperMan2000

    SleeperMan2000

    Jul 31, 2002
    Cary NC
    So I went to the Ric website, put my serial # in , and it's in fact a Shadow Bass. They were made from 1986-1989, and although not a limited edition run only 50 or so were made.

    Went to www.rickresource.com and seems these are collectors items. Cool! Selling for $1000 and up.