Once I saw this announced I knew there was no way I could resist, I'm a sucker for maple fretboards! Ordered a few weeks ago and was delivered to my door today. This is my first ever Ric and to be honest I was a little worried about how it would play considering the reputation that their QC has. Action was very high out of the box but nothing that a few turns of an allen key wouldn't fix. The nut it is a little high but it doesn't really affect the playability of the bass for me. One little bugbear I had was the residue of the stickers on the pickguard took a few minutes to properly wipe clean. Also, I can't remove the strap lock buttons, or am I being stupid? Luckily I have a bass that has Schallers so I could swap straps but if I didn't I'd have had to go out and buy them! And I tried, I really did, but I just couldn't get on with the pup cover so it had to come off and get replaced with a finger rest bezel. Now on to the tone, keeping in mind I've never used a Ric before and as such only have a basic understanding of the electronics, but this thing sounds great! With the vintage tone engaged and switching to the bridge only I get a lovely Geddy style tone which is why I wanted this bass in the first place! I'm sure I'll find other tones but I'm quite happy with just this for the moment!