I played a Rickenbacker 4003 Autumnglo Limited. Loved the sound and liked the matte finish, but i found the neck was very chunky (i have smaller hands) which and the overall body balance wasn't that great either. It was rather neck divey. When playing this Bass it felt you had more neck than body. Maybe i can get used to it however, i don't know. I heard that Rickenbacker 4001 70s had slimmer necks, smaller headstock, larger and heavier body and therefore better balance and playability. I can imagine that i'm not a big fan of the glossy finish on the neck as well as on the fretboard tho. I sadly never tried one and don't have the ability to do so in the future. I heard some horror stories of neck bends, which make me question if the 4001 really is the right choice. Soundwise i heard that some people think that the newer ones are better but then there are as many people saying the old one sounds superior. Any suggestions?