I got a bit over enthusiastic w/ some popping on my Jumbo Jr. bass this afternoon & lost its G string &, being that it's turned out to be a long needed & welcome source of musical inspiration for me over the past few days & the music stores opening up again earlier in the week, I swung by to see if they had some on hand at one of the local stores after I logged out from the day job. Turned out the local Sam Ash had a set (Yay!), & also 3 (!) new Ric 4003 variants. I was fairly certain this one was going to end up coming home w/me at first look, the test drive through a BA110 just reinforced that feeling, & the fact that my favorite salesguy there was working pretty much sealed it. Long, boring, introduction out of the way, I present to you my new 2020 4003S in what I believe they call Cieloglo w/ what so far seems to be a heretofore unseen config for a 4003S: So far I've been able to find a small range of Rics using this finish color, but no 4003S s & so far I haven't been able to finger any other flavor of 4003 that comes w/ both the maple board & Schaller roller bridge: Our best guess was that they were a Sam Ash exclusive limited run, but based on the salesguy's comment that it came in the day before lockdown was enacted, it seems pretty weird that Sam Ash doesn't have any page for it. I have absolutely zero doubt its genuine, just kind of piques my curiosity when I can't pin down a specific run of a comtemporary instrument to a fairly high degree of confidence after a good 45 minutes of searching the intrawebs . I still haven't plugged it into my main rig yet, but so far I think it will fit perfectly w/ its new low end producing brethren that were already members of the household. The neck is very comfortable to me, the 1st fret reach is just about perfect, & it seems like it's my 2nd lightest solid body bass w/ maybe just a tad more mass than the Wattplower (I'm guessing the Ric is maybe in the 8.5-8.75lb neighborhood). Its natural balance point is absolutely solid at around 20-25 degrees above parallel & it'll sit at steeper angle w/o too much readjustment on a frictionless nylon back 1" strap. Seem to offer really enjoyable resonance through the neck & wings & it's a great multi-sensory experience playing it unplugged. It will probably get some different strings (stock ones seem pretty darn fresh but I'm thinking might be a bit heavier on the low side & rough in texture for me), but right off the wall it was a super comfy & smooth bass for me, only improved on when my luthier friend gave it a quick 15 minute whispering session when I brought it over to the shop. Not too much more on the useful impressions front to share right now, but I think we're going to get along great at this point Thanks for taking a look!