Mine is an early Modulus flea bass with the coveted Lane Poor pickup. Serial # begins with 96. Modulus informed me it was assembled in Jan.97. This bass cuts really well, even with old strings. Ive owned a few stingrays and the flea cuts through better to me, although the low end isnt quite as much as the musicman. However, it worked extremely well in all the bands ive played with. It sounds amazing for funk playing- fingerstyle or slapping, very "marcus miller" sounding. The finish on this bass is extremely tough and it will hold up very well to about anything- its oblivious to humidity, temperature, etc. and stays in tune for months. The only real drawback i can find with this bass is that it suffers from the "stingray syndrome" in that you basically get one sound out of it. That isnt always a bad thing,though. The sound you get out of it is killer! If you're a rocker who likes to funk it up, this is the bass for you!