Well, after about 3 weeks of looking around for a good fretted 5-string #1 axe, I was getting frustrated with Guitar Center's selection of Warwick, Fender, MM, Ibanez, and Schecter... All the active basses sounded sterile, except for the Pedullas, which are over $2k and I didn't like the Fender B-strings... I spotted a used Carvin 6-stringer on the wall, Olympic white. Non-Carvin looking electronics (hmmm.. good sign, I think...) Oh man... what a sweet axe! Plays easy, and has the punch of a fretted bass with the growl and mwah of a fretless. With the two EMG hummers, and a pair of stacked knobs that I haven't figured out how to use yet I could get all kinds of tones. I should be able to use this bass for just about everything (I don't ever slap anway). The thing sounds *fantastic* through Ampeg gear -- I think the slight muddiness takes the edge off what I usually think of as a somewhat harsh EMG edge. Should work great through my Bergie NV610! I'll post a pic when I get home and my fingers are too sore to play anymore.