I am interested in buying a beat up Ric for a custom project. I stumbled across one but I am feeling fishy about it. The guy states it is a 70's 4001. He claims: "I don't know the year (the jackplate with the serial number was removed before I got it)" Further, he states, "When I got the bass, it had seen better days. It had spent the 80's bouncing around in every punk band in Arkansas, and had some (primarily) cosmetic damage. The neck is straight and thru-the-body. Body and neck are both bound. All parts are original save the tuners, the pickguard, and the bridge (the original was wood) At some point someone ripped out the neck pickup (and corresponding electronics) and put on new tuners. I refinished the wood, cut a new pickguard, and put on new bridge (the original was wood)... essentially everything I was comfortable doing without professional knowledge/help." The only reason I am considering this bass is because the price he is offering it at is pretty low.. Here are some pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulandashlee/sets/72157614991022859/show/ any help would be greatly appreciated.