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i've been searching for some cheap rickenbacker 4003's for awhile, and i stumbled across one which is relatively cheap. it looks perfectly fine, but it's original pickups have since been replaced and the bass now has a pair of barotlini. i have no clue what bartolini pickups sound like (and unfortunately, i have no clue what the originals sound like either, having never played a rickenbacker but always been fascinated from afar).

so my question is, are the bartolini's a significant upgrade, or were their installation just ruining a good bass? i would play the thing in person, but it's clear across the country...