I went to Sam Ash on my lunch break to check out what they had. They had FIVE Rickenbackers on the wall. I asked to try out the Midnight Blue 4003s. First off, it was gorgeous. They have an iconic look, and this held up to the preconceived notions. Elsewhere on TB I've read about how sometimes there's shoddy workmanship, so I looked it over for any issues, and couldn't find any. It looked and felt high quality. Everything was smooth, and it seemed ready to play. It wasn't very heavy, either. I didn't have a strap, so I don't know how that would feel, put just sitting and playing it was pretty comfortable. I played through a Fender Rumble 40. I was pretty happy with the sounds I was getting. I can't decide if I like the regular or vintage sound more - they both were good. The neck was a little thicker than I like, but it didn't take long to get comfortable. I liked the suuuuper easy access to the top frets. Sure there's no money there, but it's fun to play up there sometimes. I only had two knocks on it. One, the G string sounded twangy and thin compared to the other strings. That could possibly be fixed by adjusting the pickups, so I'm not going to really hold that against it. Two, the bass tone knob didn't really seem to do anything. No matter how I adjusted the other knobs, I never noticed a difference when I turned the bass tone. The treble tone I could definitely hear differences, though. So, I'm not sure what to make of that. In the end, I see why they have such a ravenous following. Sexy design, great sounds, and a very good feel. TL;DR: I finally saw a Rickenbacker in the wild, got to play it, and now I'm a believer.