I haven't really played my ric in about half a year, it's just been sitting there (dust free of course, I'm no monster). I realize I have a spare pack of Rotosound Funkmasters (my favorite stringset), and all my other basses have strings which are relatively new, so why not? I threw them on there, and set it up mildly (the neck was still sturdy and there was no fretbuzz). Wow, it plays like buttah now. Great slap tone too! Now, I have my trusty sansamp RBI as my only preamp, use it for everything. I noticed there was no pickup hum because of the compressor, so I said "hey, why not" and cranked the drive, blend, and presence up to 3 o clock. Jeebus, did this thing sound like a ric or not. I achieved the signature ric "clank" and loads of growl. God, I love this thing. I can't believe I was going to go sell it. I love it so much I might even fix up the old 74 Ric 4001 in Red that I've been telling myself to fix up. Woooo.. I love rics!