Okay, so it's not technically new bass day as I'm a month late posting this, but this 2012 Rickie here deserves to be seen by all. I helped open a brand new business last month and I've been too consumed to create this thread until now. Admittedly, there was quite a bit of drama leading up to this acquisition, but thanks to the communal knowledge of the TalkBass community, I found Chris at Pick of the Ricks who hand-picked this fine Rick (say that 10 times fast) for me. There were only 2 4003s left at PotR (both Fireglo) when I found out about that fine establishment, so I had Chris get me a deal on the one with the brightest fingerboard (closest to the old 4001s/4003s) and the best neck for setting up with flats. He delivered, and set up with my customizations: TI flats, Hipshot bridge, and treble bezel. She plays like a dream. I absolutely LOVE the creamy and plunky tones I can get out of this bass. If you read my drama thread you'll see FG wasn't my first choice, but I'm really glad I ended up with it (if you can't tell from my handle). It just roars through my 15" cab. I don't even notice too much single-coil hum! Before taking these pics, I was experimenting with a piece of dish sponge for a mute... a-mazing. Got the Macca thing nailed down. Love the feel, love the balance. Heck, I even love the neck thickness, which I was worried about after reading forum posts about new 4003s... but you can't believe everything you read! Thanks again for everyone who supported this purchase!!