I finally have my brand new nordie at home with me!! The pics that Carey took aren't up yet, so we'll just have to make do with my completely biased, slanted and completely non-objective review on the bass The first thing that struck me when I finally came face to face with it after my 20++ hour trip to CA, was how impossibly good it looked... the finish was so impeccably done, I'd have sworn it was covered in glass. You have to see it to believe it. If you ever have a nordie made for you, have it done in gloss. You won't ever regret it Playability is unbelievable. I've been pretty much playing 4 bangers exclusively for the past 8-9 years and I was a little worried about how difficult the transition would be to a 5 string. Once I picked up the bass, those fears dissappeared right away. The neck is so straight that the setup allows for crazy low action. It doesn't hurt that the neck profile is super comfy too! Everything about the playability of this bass is so comfortable, it takes me from "playing the bass" to "making music" in .001 seconds flat Soundwise... here's a short story first - the stock piezos (shadows) that came with the abm bridge were absolutely CR@P... So Carey ordered a set of RMC saddles and had them shipped over pronto - thanks C! Suffice to say, the RMC's sound a bajillion more times better than the shadows. Ok, so that's the piezos. The bass also has Carey's dual coils in them... and boy do they sound impressive. Really articulate, but with plenty of bassy growl and goodness; switch them to series and you've got a lethal weapon in your hands With the mags and the piezos combined, you've got a LOT of tonal ground covered. It's quite the do-it-all bass for me Oh, I'm running the mags through an Fbass pre and the piezos. My only gripe is that I can only increase/decrease the volume of the piezos - I can't adjust the tone of it... I don't know if it's possible, but I guess I'll figure that one out later. I'm pretty much all set with the options that the bass presents me already While I'm on the topic of electronics, I must say that Carey did an incredible job with the elecs of the bass. The soldering was top notch, and all the parts/wires were organised really really well. After this whole experience, I have to say that all the time and money spent on this bass was completely worth it. I wouldn't bat an eyelid if I had to do it all again. Make no mistake fellas, Mr C. Nordstrand is one of the best bass builders (and steak griller )the world has to offer at the moment.