I just bought a brand spanking new Jet Glow Black Rickenbacker 4003 on Wednesday, March 8th. It was the only new one within 150 miles from me. I've been lamenting on what bass to buy for quite some time. I bought and brought home a Warwick FNA Jazzman, and a Warwick Thumb and I just couldn't quite commit to them for various reasons. I ended up bringing them back. That's what is great about Sam Ash. You can try it out for 30 days and as long as it goes back in the orignal shape they give a full refund. I wanted something different then Fender. I've been playing Fender all of my life and was desperately trying to find something different. Man oh man is this bass sweet. I told the salesman that I was driving over an hour to check out this bass and to make sure it had a "smooth" action. Well he told the guitar technician there to give it a "light" action. Well the action was nice in the store but when I brought it home and finally had the house to myself, I was able to play normal and I noticed it had some slight fret buzzing. I brought the guitar back the next day and the technician spent over an hour with me fine tuning the truss rods and bridge to my playing stlye. When I first bought it and was driving home I had a hard time not giggling like a little girl because of my new baby. I sped most of the way home so I could play it again. I turned an hour and a half drive into an hour drive! Anyone who gets the chance needs to try one of these babies out. The craftsmanship an build quality of these babies was very suprising. The rosewood fretboard and triangular fret inlays are sweet. I brought it to a practice last night to fill in for a bands normal bass player and the thing sounded so awesome that they want me instead of their normal bass player! That's kind of cool. I have the tone set kind of low and it sounds deep and warm. Just the right growl but not too much treble. It does not sound like an old stlye bass. It does sound very professional. If I boost the treble it will sound like Geddy Lee or Chris Squire. This thing has one of the best "open-E" grrrr's I have ever heard. It's very smooth for jazz and blues also with the tone set properly. The mids and highs are clear and kind of "rubbery-punchy" (that's my own made up term for lack of a better one) that punches through with out having to add that crispy annoying treble! The thing is great for finger style. I can now enjoy and appreciate all the subtleties I used to do on other basses but could hardly hear them before. I never hardly play with a pick but because I am playing out tonight (yah, afer one practice I must be nuts) I used a pick at last nights practice to save my finger tips. I used the pick between the bridge and the bridge pick-up and man, it roared. I may start using a pick once in a while now! If you find one you like don't hesitate. The two bass players that work at Sam Ash were mad at me because they were thinking of buying it. They said it had only been there for less than two weeks. They said it takes like six months from the time they order one until they actually get it in. To the people at Rickenbacker in California...keep up the great work and thanks. I think I may be hooked.