My brothers, I just tried one GOOD NEWS! It's a sub-$300 Stingray!! It gets even BETTER...it appears that despite what the Sterling site may have said, we (The United States) DO get the 4-string in Walnut finish! So, yeah, it def. sounds like a ray, albeit, with the concessions you'd expect from an instrument in this price range. Basically, IMHO, it is to the standard ray what a Squier P is to an AmStandard P. The fat neck reminds me of a precision, but less "bat-like", if that makes sense. Also, I found the 2-band active EQ MUCH easier to dial in than the 3-band found on some models. I was a bit conservative with the 2-band, as I don't like the typical mid-shy sounds many pull from Stingrays. Clear and percussive are the two words that keep coming to mind. I believe it will make a good counter-point to my MIM J strung with chromes. I didn't get too much time with it, but I enjoyed it THOROUGHLY. I thought that it would be worth sharing with you guys, since these just arrived on US soil.