I've been playing this Buscanti Newport Jazz for well over a year now and it's replaced my other 2 jazz basses as my main gigging bass. The neck is the most comfortable 4 string jazz I've ever owned. The EMG pre and pups are a great combo! The controls are vvt, but what I like most about this bass is the toggle switch which switches from the standard emg pups to EMG EXB expander. I activate it for soloing and slap and it gives me a whopping bass/ treble boost which can be shaped with the 4th knob. This is what sets this bass apart from my other jazz basses. The slap tone is sublime! The neck and fret job is one of a kind. I'm writing this review because I love this bass and feel this maker deserves some props. After MANY basses I've gassed over and purchased this is saying something! This Buscanti is a top-notch bass from a top-notch luthier and super nice guy to deal with.