I own a 76' Rickenbacker. It is a beautiful bass, my high school dream bass. I am now in collage and have a few concerns. First of all, my ric is 10 years older than I am, and I am just starting the early phases of my long term musical career (even though ive been playing for 6 years, i feel like everything before now was just warm up). Although my ric should keep kicking for many more years assuming i take care of it, there is a level of fear experienced every time i get on stage. I dont want to be afraid of damaging my instrument... I like to dance too much for that. My options are to keep my ric and play it until its death and then buy a new bass or Sell my ric and my gibson g-3 and buy a solid bass that will last me years to come and I don't have to worry about breaking. possibly even a custom bass tailored to my likes. (both the ric and the g-3 have characteristics i like and dislike) If i had the money to hold on to the ric for studio prepossess only and gig with something else, that would be ideal. Unfortunately I am a college student, so this isnt an option. I need a gig bass that can handle the road. and part of me feels my ric should be in the hands of someone who can give it that respect and care, like a collector, to insure this beautiful instrument lasts the test of time. let me know your opinions! im rather interested it what people here have to say, i know there are a lot of ric lovers and non-lovers on this forum.