1 Proteus 6 days ago Where "T" probably means "temporary."I've wanted a Rick 4001 or 4003 bass for at least as long as I've wanted a Rick 4001 or 4003 bass.Today that long-deferred dream came true, promptly shading into the usual fabulous disappointment I invariably experience with Rickenbackers.The bass is a used 2012; it's a bit more used than the Reverb description let on, and more used than the seller assured me in messages it was. Still, the cosmetic flaws are small chips and dings. Disappointing - and likely grounds for return - but not deal-killers.The more significant issue is that the sumbit buzzes like a friggin' cresting wave sitar, pretty much all over the neck. I get that a certain amount of buzz under heavy thumpage is part of the Ric bass texture, OK. That's not what we have here.The neck sights "dead straight," as Rick bass setup lore insists it should be - with maybe the teensiest mid-neck rise on the bass side, and a correspondingly teeny weeny relief on the treble side. I adjusted the dual truss rods (because, for whatever reason, Ric couldn't get it right with just one like everyone else in the industry), and it's helped a little. And I've raised the bridge till the buzz is just bearable.But my action at the 12th is about twice what Ric enthusiasts claim they're getting on their basses. I won't embarrass and abuse 64ths by expressing the height in that popular unit. We're going to have to use 32nds. Three of them on the G, and five on the E. 5mm. Fellers are saying they get 3. That their action is so low it "plays itself."How does it sound? Who cares, when it plays like a Hondo?Still, I'm not giving up yet. Never having owned a Ric bass, I have no personal experience with what I should reasonably expect. If anyone has specific knowledge of Ric 4003 setup, and can proffer some guidance, I'm all ears. But if this is what many of my favert bassists have been contending with for decades, I guess I'll go back to being a boy. Four Rickenbackers I've owned. One has been good enough to keep. You'd think I'd learn.