Ok, I historically have never been a JJ bass fan. Last one I owned for any length of time was a Fender Jazz something or other (active - don't remember the model name) back in the early 90's. I'm more of a PJ guy, and have settled on a couple of Foderas and a Rob Allen after cycling through a bunch of instruments. I only had one 4-string fretted (Yin Yang Deluxe), and I play in 5 different bands plus casuals and for some of the gigs, a more traditional look can be a better "fit" (depending on the bandleader). Plus in one of the bands we do some instrument swapping and I'm not crazy about handing over the Fodera. In the past I've owned a couple of Sadowsky JJs but never bonded with them. I had a Lull PJ5 but it got flipped for a couple of reasons (was passive, and I've settled on 34" scale). For whatever reason I decided I would try a JJ bass one more time. I'm a sucker for orange, and awesome TB'er VroomVroom has done some advance work before leading me to some nice instruments. Oh, and I also am not a fan of maple fingerboards or ash bodies. So it makes perfect sense for me to get an ash/maple JJ I present, the orangsicle I haven't gigged it yet, but so far I'm impressed. This bass isn't nearly as harsh as I would have expected. Tone is quite sweet, and the Fralin with Bart 2-band works well. Playability is excellent, with the neck having a bit more beef than my Fodera, a bit less than my Rob Allen. The only complaint I have is that when I slap my hand sometimes whacks the volume knob. That is more about my technique (or lack thereof), but my other basses have the controls set further back and I traditionally have been a P kinda guy. But it is damn fun to slap. I have to say that Mike makes a really nice instrument.