(I posted this thread about a month ago and then shortly after received a month suspension (ooops), so some of you may have seen this already, apologies.) I just wanted to share this amazing bass with everyone. I got this used for a really good price on Reverb (under 2K) about a month ago. When it came, the feel was AMAZING. So light, so fast and smooth. The look, however, and the whole Joe Dart "schtick" that I was seeing repeated "ad nauseum" online ("you're not versatile," etc. argh.) was not for me, so I decided to add a regular EBMM knob and white sterling pickguard, making it look like a more traditional Sterling. The "No Dart" if you will. Next, I added LaBella LTF strings, and that was it, absolutely PERFECT bass. To me, it sounds like 60% P-bass, 40% Stingray, which to me is just an epic tone. It had that tone with the stock strings, but the LaBellas REALLY brought it out even more and made it way easier to play and warmer sounding. I just can't put this bass down!! It sounds like a super rich, gooey late 70s funk bass. (through SVT) I'll go ahead and say yea, "Bernard Edwards." I also have a P with LaBella LTFs, and even through the strings are the same the tone is completely different. In fact, after playing this and you pickup the P, it sounds even more "P" than you remember. They 2 basses complement each other SO WELL and I couldn't imagine needing another tone or having a better tone. I am sure some would say I am crazy to drill a pickguard on a$2500 bass (that resells for over$4K) but I don't care I love it!