After going back and forth between this and a Carvin B50, I've decided to let this go to another TBer that's thinking about making the SB5000 plunge. If you ordered this bass today with all of the same options, it would cost between $1400-$1500. This one can be had for $795 shipped. Here's what it has. Ash body with Satin finish (weight is 9 lbs 7 ounces on digital bathroom scale) 5 pc maple/walnut neck for stability and looks Birdseye and Flamed Maple fretboard Birdseye matching headstock Abalone diamond fretboard markers Jumbo frets instead of medium Jumbo Carvin Soapbar pickups professionally installed Mid Sweep instead of passive tone(very versatile) along with the stacked Bass/Treble of course Blend instead of V-V Rosewood knobs (also have the Gold with mop center tops included) Gold hardware Tusq nut Straplocks Carvin Hardshell case If you haven't played or heard these basses, you're missing out. Also, If you like a modern J bass sound, Carvin makes their J pickups in Soapbar shells should you decide to make a switch.