I love bass, and although I'm not technically spectacular, I'm picky about my tone. You could throw me into the great gear, crappy bassist category. I play my single-cut 5 at church and "worship" gigs but prefer a 4-string for pop-rock gigs that I play with a friend. My primary 4 string was most recently a killer big Al... Due to some rather large student loan debt, I felt it would be best to sell the big Al and downgrade so that I could pay off a chunk. Sadly, an email came and the bass was sold. I was on the search for a new bass. My only knock on the big Al was the rosewood fretboard. I am very partial to maple FB's, and wanted my new bass to have one. I have also always loved the PJ setup. Luckily, I found an LTD vintage 204 on Hello Music and got it for $178. I received it and was blown away by the build quality and the fret dressing. great neck, and the stock pickups had respectable tone, although they lacked on string balance and the "P" had poor sustain. I decided I wanted to switch it up a bit, since I'm not a fan of plain white pickguards. I also wanted to improve some on the pickups. So I ordered some DiMarzio's in creme and a tort pickguard off ebay. Got it all intstalled yesterday, and I gotta say, this thing is a monster. Low action, very little buzz, killer growl, great sustain...better than any Mexi-Fender I've ever played. I wasn't sure if I could transition to passive since I've only played actives for the past 15 years. So far, I have no regrets selling the Big Al (not to say this is as good, let's be honest). But this one will do great for what it needs to do. Plus, I love the classic look. This just shows that great things can be had for little cash. for over $1000 less than it's predecessor, this bass is an outstanding value. I would highly recommend. Now I just need to shield the cavity a bit....on the "to do" list.