Last week I received my newest Rickenbacker....a 4004Cii in Translucent Green. It came with gold hardware which I immediately replaced with chrome and I may eventually change to black. The green is the only color I was on the hunt for and I got lucky by finding a new one available. As far as tone goes it is the most well rounded of my four Rics and the action is perfect. I no longer own any 4003's (not that there is anything wrong with them) because I find the 4004's to better suit my tone and comfort needs. I only wish there were more available for people to test drive because I think the popularity would soar!