New Guy Here...just took delivery of a MIM Marcus Miller. I initially balked at the thought of a Mexican Fender, but it's really a Marcus Miller Generation 2, with a better Pre-Amp and a true passive. The pickguard is now all one piece with the dual 9V's in the rear.
It's fantastic in every way, played well right off the bat. The fit and finish is perfect, I can't find a thing to nit-pick on. The QC of the Mexican Fenders have come one heck of a long ways in the last few years.
Tone: The best of both worlds. Passive give a great vintage jazz sound and active is a perfect clean thump. Cranking up the bass knob really puts the hammer down.
Neck: Sleeker and thinner than a jazz neck - the finish, pearl inlays, and frets are awesome
Weight: Yeah, she's a heavy girl!
My only gripe is that Pickguards.us hasn't done a one-piece MM pickguard yet! I'm going white or white-pearl, and will be swapping in two more chrome knobs.
Here's what I've spent the last 10 years on - Ibanez Ergodyne EDA900. It's been a workhorse of a guitar, with not a single penny in repairs. Don't judge - it's Light, fast, and loud. It is still a fantastic guitar for hard rock. And it never needs polished or shows fingerprints.