Ernie Ball OWNERS ONLY!!!!!!! (haha just kidding) so i went to my "local" guitar center saterday night to return my sub01 stingray but honestly, i hated it. i didnt like the sound, the feel, anything about it. so i went to return and i kinda felt bad cus the manager was really cool. i told him i would bring the bass inside in a few minutes after looking around. thats when i noticed all of the ernie balls (most anyway) were 15% off. one of the reasons i bought the sub was because i didnt have the money for a real ernie ball. so with the price tag reading about 1100 (brand new) and with the 15% off and a little hangling, i walk away with this monster for a mere 800 bucks (hardshell included) i've had my ric for about a year, i didnt get two basses haha. together. That picguard HAS to come off though. i think i'm going to put a black one on it, i was thinking tort but i'm pretty sure i'm going with black. i'm not a fan of the "oil" looking one.