At long last, here is my review. Let the record show that there are individual reviews of each bass in the reviews section of this page. This post will be devoted to as complete a comparison as I can provide. Comsmetics - The StingRay is beautiful bass, as is the Roscoe Beck. I think that the SR5 is a little more subtle, with the sunburst and black pickguard. The sparkly teal and white pearloid of the RB5 is a little more flashy. Both finishes seem to be applied with extreme care, and there is no eggshell on either bass. However, the gloss on the SR5 just seems deeper, and is richer to the touch. The finished headstocks on both basses complement them well, as do the large vintage spec tuners, but again, the SR5 seems to have a little more luster to it. Again, both basses are simply beautiful. The compare well. The birdseye maple on the SR5 is manificient, and catches the stage lights well. In a picture, the fretboard looks as if it has sparkles on it. The pao ferro of the RB5 has a nice dark stripe that runs the entire length of the board. It is very attractive, but under the lights, it just looks like another rosewood fretboard. Both basses have a complement of knobs and switches, and both sport large pickups, the RB5 having two. These are simply two different, but beautiful machines. Personal preference? SR5 Construction - Tanks. Very simple. These basses are tow of the most solid that I have ever seen. The weight and large neck of the RB5 add to its substantiveness. However, the neck joint, while the tightest I've ever seen on any Fender product, is not as tight as the joint on the SR5. Both necks are attached with 6 bolts. Both are ungodly stable. Inside, outside, hot, cold, dry, wet. Whatever. The bridges are equally massive, with the SR5's piece being of the vintage variety, and thus not as adjustable as the RB5's Gotoh. The hardware on both basses was seated well, no wiggles, but the knobs, and especially the 3-way switch on the SR5 felt more stable and smoother to my hand. However, I really appreciate the fast tone changing options that the RB5 provides. THe 5 knobs of the SR5 can we a little unwieldy. Both sets of tuners on the 4+1 headstocks are smooth and accurate, with similar ratios. Personal preference: SR5. A dead heat if count out the neck joints. Playability - Both basses are extremely playable. The wide neck on the RB5 facilitates a very clean fretting of each note. And the classic jazz spacing just feels right. The slightly narrower spacing on the SR5 facilitates faster playing, but at the expense of cleanliness. I am more tempted to try and pull of the 32nd note solo fill on the SR5, with mixed results. The neck profile of the SR5 is very round and pleasing, with a wonderful raw finish. Feels exquisite to the touch. The gloss of the RB5 is also arfully applied, but does not feel as smooth or quick. Again, the SR5 wants to be played with a deft hand while the RB5 wishes for a more deliberate one. Slapping is a little easier on the RB5, and sounds cleaner due to the wider spacing, but cannot be done as quickly as on the SR5. The upper register (12th fret +) of both basses are excellent, both intonation wise and in terms of ease of access. The SR5's cutaway was a little easier to live with though. Personal preference: RB5. Who needs slapping or upper registers? Sound - These basses are too different to compare in this category, but I will say this. The RB5 is a Fender, to the core, and the SR5 is not. There is very little tonal overlap. The slap sound on the SR5 is just that, STINGRAY SLAP SOUND. The slap sound on the RB5 is of the more vintage variety. The RB5 leans heavily toward fingerstyle, and does so with confidence. The SR5 can do fingerstyle, and it does it well, just different. Very similar sounds can be had from both, but the never become redundant to my ear. Personal preference: Neither. Both are wonderful in there own way. I hope that this helps some of the people that had the same *problem* that I had. I solved mine buy just buying both, and considering the differences between these to wonderful instruments, maybe they should too. Feel free to post or email questions.