Ok, after months I still haven't gotten very far with my decision on a new bass. Because of my small hands, I don't feel comfortable on 35" scale basses and I'm beginning to feel 34" is also slightly over my comfort level... some of those stretches on the lower frets are a bitch to do. So just now a rick' came on my mind. I never was a fan of the looks, but I'm getting more into it and I heard they're great basses. The slightly shorter scale is what got my attention (although I'm not sure how noticable the difference is, and the neck looks pretty thick), but how will that handle lower tunings in terms of string tightness? My current bass (Ibanez SRX300) is also a bit too heavy for my feel, and from pics the Ricks' look pretty light judging from the very slim bodies. Was also wondering if any people found the pickup cover on the 4003 to be in way when playing. (do pickup covers have any use btw?) If I would buy one and find it to be in the way, is it possible to remove it?