Just to follow up:
I ended up getting a 1984 Peavey Foundation. Great instrument. Solid, looks nice, and plays effortlessly. The pickups (original Super Ferrites) are really hot still. In my opinion, it's a little limited tone wise ... a more of thumpy/support kinda role rather than cutting thru the mix. But what it does, it does very very well! It's also teaching me to play with a much lighter touch ... 'cause it's so so easy to play! Amazing that after almost 27 years the technology and the quality can stand up against today's instruments!
I use Rickenbackers...For me they are just there. Most of the churches I have played in have backline or in-ear monitors so I don't have to carry much...I use a Sansamp and a BP80 for some sneaky tones...
Amp is an Ashdown EVO II 500 head with a tube front end for color and a solid state rear end for power. Works well with the house (DI/XLR jack on the front) or as a stand alone with my Avatar SB-112 cab.
Strings: I've tried D'Addario steels (ok), Elixer (piano-ee but nice, sort of $$), and Rotosound Long Scale 66's, but eventually went back to Warwick Black Labels.