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, left-handed version. His is a 4001 model, identical except for the pearl inlays on the neck (mine is better!).