I'm almost complete with my transition from four strings to five - getting a five string Tacoma was a big step for me. Sad to say, my 1980 Azureglo 4001 gets next to no play anymore. I considered stringing it BEAD, but that's really not a good idea for 4001 necks. My little brainpan has a hard time switching between four and five, so it just sits. I figure I have two alternatives if I want to keep a Ric in the arsenal: 1) Trade for a 4003 and string it BEAD with the heavy gauge high tension flats I prefer (currently EBMM Group I flats); or 2) Trade for a 4003/5. Common wisdom says that 4003/5s have really narrow spacing, but is that really true? Pilotjones made a great post a few years back that gave specific nut dimensions, so I don't think the neck is a problem. The bridge spacing is what scares me. I'm not much of a pick player - 95% fingerstyle, and no slap ever. I prefer tighter spacing - my two main basses are a Stingray 5 and a Bongo 5. Has anyone with a lot of SR5 experience spent time with a 4003/5 and can comment about the right hand room? I know the 4004cii/5 is in production, but the one I heard didn't sound much like a Rickenbacker to me... and the neck is too wide IMO.