After auditioning with my RIC 4003, People are just disappointed when I show with anything else. I bring my Fenders to rehearsals and my Band asks me "where's the Ric?" "Your gonna do the show with the RIC right?" I love my fenders but I can't seem to get the Bands approval. So I just keep gigging with my RIC and loving every minute of it. I'm not trying to start $%#$ this just really is the truth.