I'm considering selling my two main basses (beat up '74 4001 and a 2001 Stingray) which together would afford me a brand new 4003. I need a bass that has very low action and plays easily, and doesn't weight to much, while having the best tone ever. I think the Ric 4003 satisfies most of the those conditions (?) but $2000 is a lot of money (to me) for one bass. Of course it will be a player, but I also want my gear to remain worthwhile, in case I need to sell it. Will a 2008 Rickenbacker be worth the same or more in the future (my guess is yes). I'll be getting a TB membership soon and clearing out some gear, but in the meantime, for a couple hundred deposit I can get a Mapleglo Rickenbacker 4003 on order for delivery next year sometime. I'm very good at saving money so that's not so much of an issue. I guess the question I have to answer is, will this be last bass I ever need?