Hey guys, I just picked up a Berg NV610 (!!!!!) to go with my Mesa 400 (non plus). I'm currently usin' a '62 RI Jazz MIA and its not bad...but I've picked up better American Jazzes before. I recently went to Willies in St. Paul, MN and tried out this 1979 Ric 4001. http://www.williesguitars.com/index.cfm?sector=user&page=detail&prodID=1999 It plays and sounds great! Needs intonation work, but overall it edges out the Fender. It's got a wicked slap tone, closer to a 70's Jazz than my Marcus Miller a few years back could get. Nick at the store said its the low-output pickups...but I know nothing about Rics....It does feel a little on the weak side as far as construction is concerned, however. Asking price is $2k. I would trade in my Jazz and my Eden Timetraveller combo and still have to shell out $750 for it. What do you think???