I'm in the market for a Rickenbacker bass - used to play them for years when I was young but then switched over to Fender - but now I'd like to get another one. In general, do you think it's better to buy a new guitar or vintage? There are plenty of nice 70's and 80's models out there so just debating what is best. I don't know if Ric quality has gone down the tubes and will look into that. But vintage could have its own set of issues. I haven't made a "big ticket" musical purchase in a while and wanna make the right choice! Thanks.