Hey gang, how are things here? First let me say, that I am flattered that that members think to refer to me for my opinion. I really do appreciate it. Now about that Ric Bass, while it's true that you can buy on line or ebay this will still cost a buck or two and from my experience most guitars play, feel, and sound different. Kinda like buying shoes, ya wanna try'em on first. PLAY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT ! I can't stress that enough to people, Especially at Rickenbacker prices used or new! I have bought on ebay and the guitar super mega-lo mart stores on line, but it's been low buck items I could trade out of If I did not like them with out loosing my shirt. My opinion Go to a dealer or guitar show where you play it and get a good listen and feel of the bass. Play it, if you can, through the same kind or type of amp you have. That way there will not be any suprise's or disappointments. If you let me know what area you are in I might be able to point you in the direction of some place that you could deal with. Nothing personal against Mandolin Bros. or "ol'drive the price up" George Gruhn both of whom I have dealt with at shows and are fair in their dealings, you'll tend to pay top price from either. I suggest a guitar show is the best place to buy, not only are the people their to sell, but they also really don't want to lug the stuff back to their homes or stores. You really do get a better deal at the shows on gear. There is one store in New Jersey Called "Pick of the Rics" he had a lot and seemed like you could deal with him and that all he had was Rickenbackers and Hofners. Also there is another fellow named Mike Reeder, he owns "Mike's music" in Cincinnatti both are on line and in the magzines. But I have had dealings with Mike and he would be my choice. I am a luthier as well, although I don't know how "renowned" I am but I know what to look for and have examined stuff from Mike and He is also a straight shooter and he won't break you. You should go buy a copy of "Vintage guitar" magazine, tons of sellers in there and the most current show list as well. Anyway good luck , if there is anything I can help with let me know.