My son Stogie Jr. delivered my new red Rickenbacker 4003 yesterday afternoon, and a gorgeous work of art it truly is. Paul McCartney has two of these and lots of professional musicians use the Rickenbacker. I have time off from work so plan to spend a lot of time practicing.
This bass left the factory only a month ago. It's brand new. Stogie Jr. bought it on E-Bay at a nice discount. These babies aren't cheap. The neck has these mother-of-pearl inlays (see the triangular shapes) that really help navigate the neck. Thanks son!
Here's a video of Paul McCartney playing his blonde ("Mapleglo") finished Rickenbacker. His is a 4001 model, identical except for the pearl inlays on the neck (mine is better!).
If possible, listen to the videos and recordings with head phones, unless you have larger speakers attached to your computer. The small, built-in speakers in most computers cannot reproduce the bass or the warmth of the original recordings.
I play bass guitar and string bass in and around Hollister, California.