Played some basses for fun this weekend, one of which was a new 5 string Fender American Deluxe model. Natural finish, active electronics, maple neck with the black block inlays. Very sexy looking bass. This bass played fantastic! Compared to my MIM Jazz 5 the neck felt not quite as deep as on my MIM and action was lower than what I could get on mine so it played better than what I'm use to. Sounded great of what I could tell with no dead spots. Great sounds on hand, especially with the "Active/Passive" switch. But wow...that price tag!! For those who might have this model bass does it perform above and beyond? Seems like it should for that much cash.