Picked up a '79 Ric last month as a birthday present to myself and it's a beauty. The only thing is the pickups are really low output... like half of what I'd expect. I don't have an ohm meter to give an exact number, but it's low enough that it's going to be an issue for me. From what I understand this isn't an uncommon occurrence with some of these 70's Rics. I've already decided it's a keeper as it's quite a comfortable instrument to play - much more so than the other few Rics I've felt. That being said I'm prepared to sink a few bucks into it to make it as playable and giggable for myself as possible. My first consideration will be the pickups from one of the online dealers - perhaps a set of the higher output 4003 units, then possibly the electronics as well, maybe a cluster which includes the push/pull pot. Then later on I may consider a set of Hipshot tuners. The binding and name plate have turned to a nice cream color so to compliment that a cream pickguard might look better than the bright white one on there currently. I know some guys like to switch out the bridge to a Hipshot, but I don't think I have any issues with the stock one on there. I fully understand that I'd be hurting resale value by changing anything stock on this bass to new, but that really doesn't concern me. A few questions come to mind: * How much different is the tone of the 4003 electronics to the 4001? * If I were to switch out the electronics I'd probably want to sell them to help pay for the new units, probably starting with the local Craigslist first. Hope I'm not breaking any forum rules here, but what kind of price range could I realistically list lower output pickups and electronics as a package? Would I be out to lunch listing them at the same range as a new 4003 cluster/pickups? This kind of stuff you just never see showing up in the used classifieds, so for me it's a total unknown. * For any of you Ric owners who have switched out the tuners to Hipshots, do they use the same screw holes, and line up perfectly?