I'm a hard player. Think Steve Harris. I've played Fenders for years and thought I'd try something new. I bought a Jackson JS3. Adjusted the neck and action (I'm well versed on the adjustments), and... I cant play it. Apparently my hands are just too heavy for it. Great bass if I played with a pick. But I dont and wont. I'm not interested in adjusting my playing style. I dont play the way I do on purpose... It just happened that way. The bass, with its active circuitry, still dont have near the ass behind it as my P (SD 1/4 pounders) does. I'm new to active basses though... that could be a settings thing. i do however wish I had bought a JS2 instead. Anyway... just ranting.