Alright, this pacticular rick I possess was made in 1987, and at some point the owner had a BadAss Bridge II proffessionally installed on it. The inlays are a bit yellowed, but otherwise it's in tip shape, and there are paint scratches at the ends of the headstock. except for some slight rust on a few of the poles of the bridge pickups, which doesn't really affect the appearance anyway, cause I use the bridge cover. I use primally DR strings, but occasionally switch to Rickenbacker factory strings because of their nice light guage and smoothness. I will list the questions as follows 1. Does the slight rust on the pickups affect the tone at all? 2. Was the BadAss Bridge II installation a good decision. Is there any other bridges I should check out? 3. Are there any pacticular strings that really bring out the tone of the ric? Do flat wounds sound good with it? what about those pyramind gold or Maxima gold string I hear about? 5. Is there any way to restore the paint where the scratches are? Also, what kind of guitar maintinence polish should I use? 6. What kind amps sound good with a ric? 7. I've heard about Alembic making rickenbacker style pickups. Are these available, and if so, are they good? Also, are there any other pickup options out there? 8. Does Anyone know what strings Cliff Burton used on his ric? And last but not least, my biggest question of all. Is it possible to get a jazz bass tone out of it, pacticularly the punchy tone from "the Lemon SOng"? I'm really looking for that vintage tone, specially Jones's. Is there any paciticular amp settings, string guages, etc?