These Lakland Skylines make great modding platforms. This one was routed for soapbar pickups before I bought it, I then switched the pickups to Nordstrand Fat Stacks and added a East J-Retro preamp. I also had a couple different custom pickguards made to match by Pickguardian. I am a Lakland guy when it comes to 5 strings. I don't know what tips the scale for me, the neck profile, the scale length or the neck finish... but I just feel right at home on this bass. I also dig the wide bridge spacing since I switch between this and my Fender 4 strings with similar spacing. The preamp allows me to dial up a huge range of tones from a subtle vintage thump to as much hi-fi as I want. The bass hangs nicely on a strap and is quite comfortable to play even at over 10 lbs in weight. The truss rod is easily accessible and it's a snap to tweak the setup as needed. The necks are Plek'd at the factory and I like the ease with which I can achieve an acceptable string height and feel. This bass has been a real GAS killer for me along side it's counterpart in my arsenal, a Lakland 55-02 which I also modded to my liking, you can read that review here on this site as well. There are some aspects that are not for everyone. The longer scale does not fit with some players and the bridge shape gets some criticism. I actually like the bridge, it is distinctive and very functional. I reccommend these to anyone trying to add a 5 string to their collection.