Some may recall my past critical remarks on Benavente basses. I've written that they seemed to be built well enough but had no tone. No lows and over all very sterile. I also said that I would comment no further on these basses until I had something positive to say. I've played several recent pieces, a few featuring the newest pups and electronics, and can say that they are without a doubt much better than before. It seems Benavente is finally finding his recipe for his own tone that should please most bass players. I think the new electronics and pups are a big part of the difference, though I'm sure his ever improving craftsmanship is a factor as well. The neck shapes are still not my favorite but I imagine over a short period of time I could get used to that and it would become comfortable. Though I still stand by my past negative remarks on his basses from a few years ago that I played, I wouldn't hesitate to have Chris build one now for me.