To the Group - I'm not trolling here (honest!) -- I am just trying to learn some things. (I also used the "Search" feature before making this post.) That said, What is the Deal with Rickenbackers? Let me start by saying that I'm not a professional bassist - calling me a "Weekend warrior" would be generous, at best. I'm also no youngster -- I'm well into my 40's and have been around music/musicians for a long time. I have seen Rics here and there and obviously, they have their fans here on TB. I am curious about the attraction of this particular bass. I realize that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and while thy aren't particularly attractive to me, it's obvious that somebody -- actually a whole lot of somebodys! -- think they are the dogs bollocks. (That's a nod to my British buds - look it up.) Seriously, I'd like to hear from Ric owners/lovers to learn more about what makes this axe so special to you.