I'm sure that more than few few of my fellow Ric'ers saw yesterday that a new 4003 bass went for about $800 on Ebay. The guitar and case were damaged in shipment and the seller provided a good number of pics. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rickenbacker-40 ... 4cfdda8914
The neck was snapped off at the body, pickguard was broken electronics were disassembled with possibly something missing but aside from other minor finish damage, everything else looked pretty good. I was really tempted to buy it and just send it to Paul but held my bidding back.
Looking at my own 4003 I saw (as we know) that the neck is part of the body so what I would like to know is how a neck on such a design is replaced. Would this have been a deal that someone wouldn't get hurt on?
And if one of the forum members snagged it, good luck!