I was out at one of my favorite stores on Saturday looking for a Jazz Bass. I tried every jazz bass in the store and a few other basses as well. I tried the 2012 American Standard with the Custom Shop pickups, an older version American Standard with the older pickups. Mexican, Squire everything I could get my hands on. First of all I discovered I didn't like the new pickups on the American Standard, the older style sounded more lively to me. Here is the shocker though, my favorite jazz was a Squiere CV James Johnson model. I tried it head to head with the American Standards and the Mexican Jazz Basses and I just liked the Squire better. I always take my time buying new instruments, so I walked away to think about it. I will probably go back this week and buy it. BTW I never heard of James Johnson or Biffy Clyro.