It's been over 2 years since I bought a new bass. My Am Dlx P has been doing the trick nicely. However, I have run into a few situations where a back up 5 string is needed (my bass is currently in the shop and its a 4 stringer), so I decided to go on the hunt. After some back and forth, I landed on this beauty and I am very pleased so far: I ordered it from AMS because the agreed to upgrade my shipping to next day if I paid for 2 day. I have a gig tonight and no bass, so it worked out nicely. I ordered it yesterday at around noon and it arrived this morning at 10:30. Out of the box it played really clunky. I spent about 30 min setting the truss and bridge height and a tiny bit of intonation on the G and A string, and it plays beautifully now. I can't wait to slap a set of sunbeams on it!!! I really like the assymetrical neck and the modern feel. It's a nice contrast to my P. Soundwise, it is great. It sounds like a great J bass should. Punchy and articulate, just a funk machine. A little noisy on the active side, but I'm sure I can remedy that. Overall, first impressions are very good. I'll report back after the gig week, as I will be using it exclusively in a number of very different playing situation. Yaaay for NBD!!!