Hello everybody. I'm new to this, so bear with me. I'm planning to pick up a new Ric (it's on back-order), and thought you guys might be able to help me out with some questions. Does anybody know what the differences are in the standard 4003 pickups and the "scatterwounds". I can get my bass from either of two sources. One is standard with standard case. The other is upgraded with the scatterwounds and the vintage silver case. The difference amounts to a fair amount of money, and I'm wondering if the upgraded version is worth it. Also, I've seen where some of you have mentioned that the E string doesn't pack the same punch as the A-D & G. Is it easy to adjust so that the E also has that punch? And one more thing. I really like flatwounds on my basses. Do any of you feel that flats sound okay on the 4003? I've been playing Fenders for years, and do really like them. But there's something about a Ric that just demands my attention every time I see one.