Some of you might be interested in this geekness. I purchased this El Maya rick copy a while back and could never get use to the HUGE neck and weak sounding pickup. I bought a real RIC treble pup, reshaped the neck to be skinnier from about the 12th down to the nut, took off mostly sides and stayed out of the middle. Today I shot the sides of the headstock with yellow tint Reranch to resemble what a 4001s looks like. (yes I know most 4001s dont have the skunk stripe, yes I know Ric uses different wood for the sides). Its maple underneath but it turned out looking pretty close to the right color. I have to let it dry for a while and build up clear so that I can sand it all down even.. I plan on shooting the whole guitar with Reranch tint to match and clear coating it lacquer. I did the same thing to a Japanese made Gretsch Setzer that was poly. Heres what the headstock looks like so far, the truss cover is setting on it so you can get an idea.