While preparing my book over the last eight years or so, I accumulated quite a few Rickenbacker basses. I'm no longer an active player, and I'd like to see the collection distributed to folks who want/need/appreciate a good Rick! When "Blueburst" was announced as the 2005 Color of the Year, I knew I just had to get one. Eventually I decided to go with a Cheyenne II. But it took better than three years for RIC to make that combination available. Bought new from North Coast Music; it's a 2008, and I took delivery in January 2009. Besides the spectacular clear blue finish, this bass also has a highly figured front with great flame running perpendicular to dark accented grain (see detail shots). The contrasting head wings are a bonus. This late-model 4004 comes with a Schaller bridge instead of the earlier ABM bridge. The feel of the neck on this bass is a bit deep and wide, more than any other bass in the collection (by measuring girth) -- that will be great for folks who prefer thicker necks. A few months after receiving the bass, I discovered that the bass (neck) pickup wasn't functioning. I was allowed to have the pickup removed and send in for exchange, but the new pickup I received must have been set up out of phase or something. When both pickups were engaged, the sound became weak and tinny. I ended up having to send the entire bass back to RIC for correction. With all that monkeying around, my local guitar guy took a chip of clear coat out of the edge of the bass pickup route (G-string side). It's barely noticeable, but I want to report it to potential buyers. Otherwise, the bass is unused and in near-mint condition. Serial number is 08 46507. Price is firm at $1800 with case (plus shipping). No trades, no lower offers.