Yes they are, Mr. McCartney. <wink> I fell in love with this bass when I first saw it on the Fender website. That was Fall of 2012. In fell in and out of love with other basses in the meantime, but never lost my infatuation with this model. Now that I have played one, I have to agree with the strong positive remarks I have read about them, here and elsewhere. The quality of this thing is still a bit intimidating.
I recognize that Fender has made some lemons over the years. But...most of the vintage units I have fondled over the years have been amazing. This one is like those.