I have ed over this bass at my local shop for well over two years. Today was the day I got to make her mine! Nicest 5-string I have ever heard and played. I have tried over the years to get groovy with a 4-string Stingray, but I just don't like the necks. I was certain that the 5er would be even less likable; was I ever surprised the first time I picked this up. The neck profile is slim and sweet, and the narrow string spacing is perfect for my smaller mitts. A 'Ray I can love-happy me! That's not a flaw in the third pic, just the way the light reflected.