I traded in my Geddy Lee MIJ for this. I wanted a thin neck without the constant adjustment the GL required. The carbon rods seem to make the neck very stable. I bought second hand American Standard pickups and bridge, and installed some Hipshot tuners I had. Then I changed the tone control to the American Standard circuit. So why didn't I just buy the American Standard Jazz? It would have been a better bargain. it was because of the neck. The funny thing is, I have an American Standard Precision that I love unmodified. Sometimes I like a thin neck, sometimes a thick one. This American Special plays and sounds the way I like a Jazz.