Hey all, I just recieved my Brice Active Fretless 5 string today, and just thought I'd share my praise. It's got a beautiful black quilt top. In some light, it looks sort of greenish. All the hardware is gold, and everything is nice and tight. Tuners tune well, etc. The bridge is awesome. It's a Top Load, really heavy, and high quality. I'm not really a fan of Gold hardware, but this looks nice. Two of the knobs when turned hard move in the control cavity, nothing that a little glue can't fix. No battery clip, some some adhesives. Controls are confusing (For an active bass...) Neck Vol/Bridge Vol/Blend/Tone. I don't see why you need Independent pickup controls and a blend, but whatever. The B is pretty good, but probably could be better with a setup. This bass has some serious Mwah. It just sounds great. Tone is dark, but it's got some snap to it, it reminds me of a Warwick. The neck is great. Very comfortable. Some were saying that it's really thin, but that's not completely true. It's got a little chunk to it, and all down the neck there is a little flat spot on the back of the neck for your thumb. Neck is unfinished, which is great. The neck is very stiff. The UPS guy delivered it to here, and it sat outside in the cold Minnesota weather (seriously about 3 degrees F) and went straight up to my room, and the neck is fine. We can thank the dual trussrods for that. Bridge spacing is semi-wide compared to some of the 5's i've played. It's pretty light, and just hangs horizontal (think Bill Dickens). Pickups provide nice thumbrests. They look to be exactly the same size as EMG HZ's, and the control cavity could probably accomadate any preamp. I will get some pics as soon as I have time. For $159, this is a great bass. When i get some more money, I'll be in the market for a matching Fretted 5 V2. If you want any more info, just post it. As of right now, it would be a huge pain to get soundclips, so please don't ask. Also, the CNB cases really aren't that good. The lid is pretty floppy, and the case doesn't totally close. I hope this helped. Peace, Scott D. EDIT: Forgot to mention that it growls like the dickens.