I've always wanted a Rick, but since it's over 2000 + a 2 year waiting list here in Belgium, I'm looking for the next best thing. I'm searching for a similar sound, more than the looks. Are there any factory basses that have an element configuration like the Rick (one of them close to the neck) ? I also know someone in Belgium who builds basses. Would it be so easy to ask him to make a bass with the same element configuration + similar wood as a Rick or are there other factors that contribute to the sound ? I'm looking for a driving, powerful sound as can be heard on the faster songs of the Editors. Thanks, Peter.