Hi everybody. Just curious about these 3 brands' fanbase strength. Well, actually it's not necessary to be a "fan". My point is: They're highly respected. Nobody can deny their impact on the bass market but I, for one, would never buy a Fender (just maybe a pre-CBS Jazz Bass as a collector item). I don't associate myself with them. No chemistry. On the other hand, I'd consider buying a Ric in the future. DEFINITELY not for having it as my main axe (EBMM -read "Bongo"- freak here!), but I'd have a fireglo 4003 for playing certain things. Despite the fact of my obsession with 24-fret necks, Rics have always exerted kind of a magic on me. Thank you in advance for your input!