Okay so I'm going to try and convince a guy I know through someone else to sell me his Rickenbacker. I'm not sure if it's a 4001 or a 4003 (my guess it's a 4003). Assuming I succeed in getting it down to a good price (my aim is $500, since it's not exactly in mint condition). Can someone tell me some things I should look for that may be a sign to not get it? Firstly there's stickers all over it. Not that that's a problem. I can just take them off, but I was gonna point that out as a reason not to give me a high price. Secondly the binding looks like it's sorta...fading I guess is the term I'll use. Thirdly the pick up at the neck looks like it has rust on it. But I'm pretty sure I can replace that (if someone can point me to a place to look for replacement pick ups). Also the switch seemed like it was broken, but I'm not exactly sure what it's suppose to do. See when I used this bass I was jamming inside of a small green shack (dubbed 'The Green Shack', although it's blue on the inside) with my two bandmates and a guy I might be getting bass lessons from. Now of course I was estatic to actually use the RIC (because I just think they're the most awesome bass ever). Anyway, I had earplugs in so I don't end up being deaf, and if I remember correct, which I moved the switch up, it just sorta turned off the bass. Like I didn't hear anything coming out of it, but I'll surely check on that. So anyway, things to look for, and if possible a place to get replacement parts if need be. I PRAY that I can actually get this thing.