I'm seriously torn between these two basses.. but I will have one of them.. what do you guys think? I realiase the VB5 is an unknown quantity as they are just out and not "field tested" yet but I can get over how good they look.. and they are spec'ed very well. I've read about the 55-02's barts lack of bite in the live setting also the 55-02 is 35" scale and a pretty tried and true model that has great online rep. The VB5 is 34" scale, 18v circuit, slighty more expensive, comes with case. I'm guessing the jazz p/u setup will have a bit more bark and bite than the darkish 55-02 barts. Also the VB5 neck has a Satin Polyurethane Finish.. I'm not sure how the 55-02 neck is finished (anyone??). Satin is a must, I can't stand sticky poly laqueur necks.. any other trade-offs you guys can think of?