I was at G.Center last week and was waiting while a friend was playing a 71 p-bass,so the closest bass next to me was the Hoppus p-bass. I picked the bass up and was blown away by the quality and sound of this bass ! Now granted i had played more than a few of these basses in my many trips to various music stores BUT i never played one that was this good, I'LL explain. All the others were typical mexican quality Fenders,average frett work,weak p-ups,cheesy necks in need of a major set-up,But not this one. It was well made in all the depts,well set fretts,evenly applied flawless paint job and a great set-up to match. And was on sale for 325,00$ ! I could not pass it up, it was love at first site. I must admit i would be the first one to jump on the anti HOPPUS band wagon,but it was with complete justification,every other one i had played was junk,(around the 10 or so mark). But this just validates my claim that fender mexico 's quality control varies immenselly from one bass to the next,while one bass being a piece of crap and the next being a piece of fine craftsmanship is way to much to vary in any piece of work. So after some research I found out that the M.Hoppus is a bit better than the standard Mexican line of basses,it uses alder instead of basswood,has a string through bridge,S.Duncan p-ups instead of mexican stock ones and much more attention to detail when it comes to the frett work. So with that said i applogize for bashing this bass,look around and maybe you'll find one good one in a otherwise sea full of driftwood quality basses.