I wasn't planning on this, but I made the fatal mistake of entering a music store, expecting to buy something inexpensive. I saw this on the wall, compounded my mistake by playing it, and one thing led to another. Weight: 9.5lbs. A bit heavier than I'd like, but fairly typical for a maple Ric. I have a SBL padded strap, so it's not that burdensome. Thoughts: - This Rickenbacker is better built than I knew the company was capable of. While my 4003SW was US Fender good, this one is next level. It compares well to my Kiesels. - The new bridge/tail: Surprisingly really good. I've been able to get the action dialed exactly where I want it with no fuss. The only complaint I have is how tiny the saddle allen key is. Mine disappeared into a black hole after setting the instrument up and I cannot find it... - Tone: Really punchy and aggressive, while also really clear. It sounds like a piano. - Fit and finish: Flawless. They even did a mini-burst in the truss rods cavity, under the Rickenbacker cover. That's a level of anal-retentiveness that I've never seen before in a musical instrument. I'm really impressed. edit: added a soundclip.