Long story as short as possible. I played a Rick 4003 with my band for about two years and love it, still have it. Then I got a precision 63 AVRI and started playing it and have been playing it for the last year, love it too. A couple of times in the last year, I played my Gibson Bird. So we play a gig last night, and this guy who comes to almost all our shows confronts me and says “Really Dude, a Fender?!” and tells me he much prefers the Rick because of the grind and if not that I should play the Bird. He was adamant and very much against Fenders. I smiled and took it in stride but he came up to me twice and said all this. I guess I will switch to the Rick for a while but I wanted to share this anectode and was curious about your thoughts. For what it is worth, I play in a metal band. I’m still shaking my head.