I've just done a full circle loving and playing mia fenders, going to boutique basses and now back to a 2012 mia precision - 5 string. A good friend just bought a 2012 and after hearing his praises I spent the last day hitting music stores to try out a 2012 mia standard verses some of the older mia standard fivers. I did find two 2012's, a 2011 and a 2008. Spent considerable time with each of the four and there really does seem to be something a bit different about the 2012's. Sustain for days, the satin necks are really a lot nicer than the older ones and they just seemed more resonant. I have no idea if the 2013's are similar as I couldnt find one to try. Anyway, i left a hold/deposit on one of the 2012 american standard fivers. Anyone else have any insight into this or is it just me?