I feel in love with this bass in the store. Light, resonant, easy to play. I ripped off tune after tune of my favorite EB artists and this bass really delivers. I really love the worn finish It feels great in your hands and I think the bass is a bit lighter and more resonant for it and as always this bass looks great in the classic Heritage Cherry. The three piece mahogany neck reminds me very much of a early pre '65 EB series bass. beefy and very comfortable though not as hefty. The MOP dot inlay looks so right with the rosewood fingerboard on this bass. I personally found the trapezoid inlays on the more upscale SG bass a little overboard though I do wish this bass had the inlay on the headstock. Fit and finish are very good on this bass I can't really find anything negative to comment on though I am sure the worn finishing process is less critical than a high gloss finish. The body is two piece Mahogany and though the two pieces are a bit mismatched, one being much more figured than the other it gives the bass personality and makes it mine, I'm cool with that. The bass is equipped with a Large humbucker at the neck and a mini humbucker at the bridge. The controls are streamlined v/v/t, I personally like the old layout of v/v/t/t, but I think most players will like the new layout just fine. I was pleasantly surprised by the pick ups. The neck pickup (or neutered mudbucker as I like to call it) Provides a convincing 60's experience with out being unwieldy. I have not put it on a meter but certainly half the output of it's much loved predecessor. With the neck pup on 10 and the bridge pickup dialed all the way down and the tone rolled off this bass can do a pretty good EBO without going through the driver on your practice amp. The pickup placement, short scale and construction of the bass I feel also account for it's vintage tone. My favorite combination of pickups is the neck on 10, bridge dialed back a bit and the tone all the way up. All in all this bass feel like a early 60's EB3 without the price tag and I had no problem of getting Dunnaway's eerie thump of Dead Babies to Frasier's clean burp on All Right Now to Jim Lea's snappy grind on Cum On Feel The Noize. The bass MAPS at 899.00 (it can be had for far less) comes with a beautiful form fitted hardshell case. For those who want a 60's EB3 and find them out of reach or those who want a contemporary take on a classic I can't recommended this bass highly enough. To complete the 60's experience for myself I am going to install a 60's Mudbucker, Not necessary but I do have one on hand.