I have been fiending for a Ric for a long time because so many great bassists use them. Lemmy, Chris Squire, Al Cisneros (From the bands Sleep/Om). But I got to think about it.... Lemmy switched out the pickups... he only likes his Ric modded. Chris Squire, I think his was modded, and he biamps... all sorts of tricks. Al is all about owning the kickarsest amps. His sounds is huge amps more than anything. So, are Ric's worth the 1500 dollary doos?! I'm starting to loose my desire to own one other than for the looks.