I've always loved and wanted a Rickenbacker for the craftsmanship, sound and history. I recently picked up the 4003 and it's everything I hoped it'd be. The tone, playability and look are what puts this bass above all others. There are plenty of great and more affordable basses on the market as there is pro's and con's to every instrument-I also own and play both Fender and Gibson basses, but everything will take the backseat to my new Rick. Yes, It's an expensive bass-quality and durability are never cheap, but if it's within your budget I'd highly reccomend getting one. I love mine.
Westchester County, NY