Sound — 9
I put the traditional Roto-sound round wounds on it now to get the famous Ric "growl" on the low E string. People critize the Ric for non-versatility, but I've not found that not to be true. Unfortunately, the single coils can be noisy. When I sometimes play stuff like jazz or things, I had to be careful, the hum can get annoying.
Overall Impression — 9
As I said my dad has been playing almost 25 years and has played in many a band, including Dennis Stratton's. This Bass guitar is very good. If this bass ever got broke or stolen, I would get another. I love how easy it plays, it has no deceit it it. It does exactly what you ask it to. There is nothing I hate about it. My favorite feature is the neck and the action.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The only odd thing was that the pickups faded into nothingness over the last 5-10 years. I recently replaced them with stock Rickenbackers and everything is OK. The magnets had gone weak. I think the stock pickups were a little pricy though.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action on the Ric is the best on any bass I have every played. This has been pretty well borne out by everyone who has ever played it. I have had trouble with rust on the screws holding down the hardware, but the bass is thirty years old, I don't know if that is common or not.
Features — 9
This Rickenbacker 001 has a laminated top, and a mahogany neck. The finish is transaparent. Passive electronics. There are 2 controls, I got the bass control and a volume control. It has 20 or 21 frets. It is the most stable instrument I have ever seen. You can literally tune it, put it in the case, carry it around, come back in a couple of weeks and it is still in tune. Nothing fazes it.