Value of Rickenbacker 3001

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by s-curl, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. s-curl


    Mar 16, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    A good friend of mine has a Rickenbacker 3001 from the late 70's (the only years they were produced). This is similar to the short scale 3000, but it's a full-33.5". It's super heavy and is one of the loudest basses I've ever heard. One passive pu that is way hotter than my US Deluxe Jazz w/ a brand new battery. I guess it's like a P-Bass comp.

    The problem is he might be interested in selling it, and we can't find one for sale anywhere to judge the value against. There's posts on Harmony-Central by people who claim selling theirs was a big mistake and have been looking for a replacement.

    It's in great condition. Minor play wear. Not a scratch that penetrates the finish. Off white, w/ a black pickguard & rosewood fretboard.

    Anybody seen one in their local music store? There hasn't been one on ebay for the past couple months.
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I could be way off, but I would ask for $500 and see what happens.
    spaz21387 likes this.
  3. Quite a few have popped up Ebay, especially recently. Here's the list:

    Year Color DateSold Price
    1976 Autumnglo 06/17/2004 $917.05
    1977 Walnut 09/21/2004 $560.00
    1976 Jetglo 11/01/2004 $963.00
    1976 Autumnglo 11/12/2004 $785.00
    1978 Walnut 12/15/2004 $701.50
    1977 Fireglo 12/19/2004 $591.34
    1977 Fireglo 02/05/2005 $1,032.00
    1979 Autumnglo 02/13/2005 $760.00
    1977 Autumnglo 02/16/2005 $850.00
    1978 Autumnglo 02/19/2005 $820.00
    1974 Mapleglo 03/06/2005 $800.00
    1977 Mapleglo 03/06/2005 $460.00
    Autumnglo 04/11/2005 $716.00
    Autumnglo 05/31/2005 $500.00
    Burgandy 08/28/2005 $800.00
    1980 Autumnglo 08/29/2005 $860.00
    1978 Autumnglo 09/09/2005 $1,025.00
    1976 Autumnglo 10/16/2005 $1,290.00
    Mapleglo 12/18/2005 $680.00
    1976 Jetglo 01/19/2006 $760.00
    1976 Jetglo 02/12/2006 $700.00
    1976 Burgandy 02/12/2006 $1,425.99
  4. s-curl


    Mar 16, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA

    That's quite a range in price. Is there a way to search that far back in ebay or do you have those numbers logged?
  5. loendmaestro

    loendmaestro Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    Nice record keeping BlueFlameRick!

    Those used to be had on the cheap, due to the fact that it was an entry level bass for Rickenbacker: bolt on neck, no binding, single pickup, mono, etc. Also they're not as elegant as the more familiar 4000 series. I picked my 1978 3001 up back in 1994 for $350. Aside from the weight, I love that bass. It records great.
    There's been a slight resurgence in popularity for those basses recently. Of course Mani plays one, & the bassist from the Arctic Monkeys played one on SNL about 2 weeks ago.
    They were produced from 75-84 then gave way to the "modern" version which was the two pick-up 2000 series.

    I'd say fair market value is about $750 max. But then again - it's worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it...
  6. I've been keeping track of the lesser-known Ricks for a few years. I'd say $750 is about right.
  7. s-curl


    Mar 16, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    Do you gentlemen happen know what was so special about the Burgandy one that went for $1400? I think I remember my friend telling me he saw that awhile back and that might be why he's got this boner to sell his.
  8. bigtexashonk

    bigtexashonk Supporting Member

    Should have bought one of these years ago when they were about $350. Very cool basses, not just low end. Much more P like in tone, not Rick like. Great necks too.

    I saw some at the last Dallas Guitar show running around the $1,000 mark. Looks like they're becoming collectible.
  9. loendmaestro

    loendmaestro Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    They're no slouch in the bottom end department. I will agree with you in the fact that it does lean more towards the "P" side of the fence. Still some signature clank involved though!
  10. loendmaestro

    loendmaestro Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA

    Probably the fact that it was a 70's Burgandy. Burgandy is one of the rarer & most desirable classic Rick colors.
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