We've seen that Fender is releasing a couple of new colors this year, we don't know what colors will be discontinued yet. To me, no news is good new when it comes to major changes in the Fender Bass lines. I lot of people (me included) seem to see the 2008 and newer American Fenders as some of the best, most consistant instruments they have made. Overall quality is high and the current necks, bridges, electronics, etc seem to be pretty well recieved. They won't make everyone happy, but most owners of the newer Fenders seem pleased. No, there are no big (or small) innovations coming, but I'm good with that.