You must have a GOOD Hofner then, Brains, LOL. Because the sound on mine was awful. Too "twangy." And I've heard others complain about the Hofners as well. I guess it all depends on the sound you like and are comfortable with. But it LOOKED cool. Thanks for the clarification about the Wal bass. I knew if it were a Rick, that it definitely looked different from any Rick I'd ever seen. And yes, I wish he'd go back to the Rick too. The sound is awesome and he plays it so well. Just watching Rockshow, that bass steals the show.